Talk about coincidence: around the same that I was working on my Tinny
-pattern, Suz from Sewpony, who lives all the way at the other end of the world, was working on a pattern inspired by the same Belgian children’s series. In Australia, though, Tiny isn’t called Tiny, and so a few ago, the Tinny got a sister pattern, the Debbie
Debbie is a beautiful pattern for a classic pinafore dress, and has two views
. I went for view 1, which has a separate short bodice in the front. One of the great things about dresses with such clear lines is that they leave so much room of experimentation. For my first Debbie, I decided to try a technique which I had never used before: cording. Here, you stitch pieces of cord between two layers of fabric.
It’s always tricky to try a new technique when you’re on a deadline (the pattern tour stop), but luckily, my first attempt at cording was pretty satisfying. I’m sure I’ll be using this technique more often in the future. I went for organic lines in the bodice, but you can also use cording in more geometric patterns, or even figurative ones.
I also used cord to make the gold piping I added to the neckline (using Venezia lining fabric, as I did here).
While adding the cording was a rather time-consuming process, sewing the Debbie itself went incredibly quickly. The pattern has a very smart design, and the instructions are super clear. Thus, the Debbie is a great project for beginning sewists, but also for more advanced sewists who are looking for a ready-in-one-evening-project, or for a project on which they can project their experimentation urges. Moreover, this is a perfect dress for using a more sturdy fabric (an Echino or Melody Miller cotton/linen mix, perhaps? A Birch canvas, maybe?)
The Debbie pattern can be bought in the Sewpony Vintage Etsy shop, and for the duration of the blog tour, you enjoy a 20% discount with the code BLOGTOUR1. Make sure to follow the rest of Debbie’s blog tour, as it includes more great stops!