When Helen first announced this pattern, I went ahead and bought it straight away, even though I knew I had to wait until June to start working on it. I was so excited as I really love pinafores. The design is pretty simple, but oh so versatile, the ideal layering piece to me. What is it they say, beauty in simplicity? Yeah, that’s what came to my mind when I first saw it.
The pattern is beginner-friendly, and it only uses three pattern pieces; front, back, and pocket. It comes in two views. View A has large scoop pockets, dipped neckline, and is knee-length. View B has shorter length, high neckline, and a kangaroo pocket. But of course you can mix and match the features, which is exactly what I did. I went with view B dress with view A’s pockets. Oh I love those giant pockets!
The project came together very quickly. It is an easy, instant gratification kind of project. What’s even better is the pattern calls for little amount of fabric; 1m to 1.5m for 150cm wide fabric or 1.4m to 1.8m for 115cm wide fabric. Stash buster, right? I managed to make mine in size M with 1m lightweight denim fabric from my stash. I say stash, I mean leftover fabric because that’s basically what my stash is.
The pattern doesn’t involve interfacing pieces (yasss!), instead the neckline and armholes are finished with bias binding method. I love bias binding finish, because not only that it is quick to do, but I feel that it makes for an even cleaner finish to your garment. Plus you can always play with contasting colour or even patterned bias tape. Instructions on how to make your own bias binding are included in the pattern. I went with the lazy option; store-bought bias tape.
My fabric is leftover from making Cleo pinafore last Autumn. I bought my bias tape in orange, yes bright orange, and no, I didn’t choose this colour randomly. A little story, I am obsessed with kingfishers. I have never seen one in real life, but I just love seeing pictures of them and painting them, such beautiful creatures and beautiful colours. This Spring my husband and I have been spending more time in our back garden – this is our first Spring in our new home – and I have been seeing robins in our garden, those red-orange breasted beauties! I thought it would be nice to incorporate that into my make. I could’ve swapped the bobbin thread and used orange thread instead (that I actually bought along with the bias tape) to match the tape, but I kind of like seeing the contrast thread there – even though it means wonky stitches are visible (on the inside) but who cares, right? 😉 As my fabric choice was lightweight and it frayed like nobody’s business, I decided to go with french seams for side and shoulder seams. It worked perfectly. I also shortened the bodice by 1.5 inches so that the side armhole scoops are hitting my natural waist, and I redrew the line.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I love this pinafore for its simplicity and versatility. I can imagine one in needlecord or wool for colder months and layered over an Agnes top or Freya top sans the ruffle, with leggings. But as we are currently well into Spring and Summer here in the northern hemisphere, I am just going to wear mine over short sleeve tees or tank tops. I have worn this dress a couple of times and I got lots of compliments *happy grin*. I am so tempted to make one in linen after seeing Helen’s version in orange linen (I think that was linen?).
If I was to rate this pattern, I’d give it five stars out of five. Yes, that’s how much I love it 😍.
So, have you made yourself a York pinafore? What do you think of it? Well, anyways, thank you for spending time here on my blog, I hope you enjoyed it. See you next time and happy sewing.