From Simplicity 7782 This time I made View 5, the difference being elasticated ankle cuffs. The fabric is floral corduroy on a lemon marl background and was purchased from Goldhawk Road. It is faced with dark cream cotton.
For this version, I added complimenting piping along the yoke edges front and back. The piping is made from 15mm satin ribbon - rather tricky to do but worth the effort! I used the same shade of green as the ribbon in the top-stitching details along the centre front and back seams and side seams (below). I also omitted the buttons. My machine doesn't do buttonholes very well and I had a play with doing bound buttonholes using the same ribbon as the piping but it was way too tricky with the narrow width. So I opted for snaps as an experiment.
With the exception of where the facing joins the outer garment, I used flat-felled seams (centre front and back, side outside and inside seams, and where yoke joins main body). These dungarees were started in July and only got finished today because I got a bit frustrated with the side seams. When I picked them up again yesterday I was horrified at the sewing of the first side flat-felled hem. I think the worst sewing I have ever done, so bad I questioned whether it was me who had done it! Needless to say, it was unpicked and resewn.
I use this seam finish a lot in children's clothes and costumes so I am used to it. However this was the first time I've used it on children's dungarees and I realised that it very tricky getting these narrow tunnels of fabric flat on the sewing machine bed. I ordered a pair of flat-fell feet for my machine (shown above), hoping that they may provide a magical answer! The feet arrived last week and I used the wider one (6.5mm) for this task. It was rather awkward to get right to begin with, I think I almost have the hang of it now. In any case it allowed me to complete all my flat-fell seams. I also found it helped to use the free arm and gather the sewn trouser leg along it as I sewed. (The sewn fabric goes straight out of the back of the foot but then skews to the right to gather on the free-arm). I noticed that my seams are a lot flatter with the foot, it kinda wins me over on that benefit alone.