I wasn’t planning on making a pinafore dress until I discovered this free downloadable pattern from Sew Now Mag. I figured the pattern looked simple enough and decided to wing it and make it without the instructions.
I cut a size 14 and included centre back seams for the front and back pieces. This was as much due to a lack of fabric as a conscious style decision. I used pink thread to make a feature of the flat felled centre seams. The seams are slightly off centre as I didn’t realise a flat felled seam would knock it off kilter but it’s not too noticeable.
I took 1cm off at the side seams as it came up quite loose. I should’ve gone with a 12 but with no size guide to work from, I wanted to leave some wiggle room. The pattern included a side zip but I allowed enough ease at the hip to not have to insert one. I also shortened the bib as it looked quite high in the photo and I wanted it to sit below the neckline of any top I was wearing.
I didn’t like the crescent shaped patch pockets so left them out and drafted a bib pocket instead. To reduce bulk I used gingham for the facings which contrasts nicely with my denim. I also used some cute Cath Kidston bias binding at the hem as I didn’t want to do a doubled turned hem with my thick denim.
Whilst this dress was quick to sew it took a while to finish as I couldn’t find the right buckles. I finally found some antique brass ones on Ebay. The straps are 30 mm wide and most sets in the shops are 40 mm and silver. Despite my apprehension, attaching them was really easy. I made sure to mark my button placement point before going in with the hammer. My buckle set didn’t include a slider so I sewed down the straps to fix them in place.
I’ve come round to pinafore dresses, this dress is so comfortable and has been worn most weekends . The royal blue denim goes well with my collection of stripy tees. I’m wearing my mustard Tonic tee in the photos. Not bad for a free pdf download made from leftover fabric in my stash.