Perfect Pinafore

I just couldn’t decide if i was too old to wear a dungaree style pinafore dress, but in the end I just had to have a go, but I didn’t want to spend any money on an expensive pattern, so after some googling around the internet I discovered that Sew Now had a pattern from a past issue that could be download as PDF pattern.

Sew Now - Issue 3!

Pinafore dress pattern free in issue 3 of Sew Now magazine.

Of course the downside of this is that I didn’t have the magazine, so no instructions.

The fabric is a very nice pincord from John Lewis, but it attracts every bit of fluff, dust and white cat hair that’s in the house.


It turned out a bit on the large size and I had to take in the side seams.  If  I make it again I would alter the pattern to make bib smaller as I am quite short waisted and so it’s a bit long and tends to be a bit baggy when I am sat at my desk.




Overall I am really pleased with the dress and I love the pockets!

The 2 hour dress- Simplicity 5049

How does time pass so quickly, I thought it was a while since I blogged but over 2 months  ……  but I have been sewing.

I bought a few second hand, not really old enough to be called vintage, patterns in a charity shop while on holiday in the Isle of Wight last year and this is one of them,   Image

I also bought this fabric in a small fabric shop in the town of Ryde, on on the Isle of Wight  to make it with. Its a crepe de chine at £3 a metre.


I made view A.   The pattern envelope describes this a a 2 hour dress, and yes it could have been if I hadn’t had so much trouble trying to sew the bodice to the skirt, where skirt goes to a point.  It languished  in the corner of my sewing room (where I threw it) for a few weeks.   Until I picked up and tried again.  I will make it again in a smaller size and in a nice cotton.




PS I still haven’t hemmed  it yet!