I bought this beautiful lightweight wool from Fabworks Mill Shop in Dewsbury when I visited Patsy in February half-term. Originally I had planned to make a Maven Patterns Kitty dress with it, but after pre-washing I realised that it was too scratchy to wear against my skin. I started thinking about what else I could make with it – ideally something that was fully lined or would be worn over other layers… ding ding ding – PINAFORE DRESS!
I LOVE me a pinafore dress – Jennifer Lauren Pippi and Helen’s Closet York are two of my favourites and there are multiple versions of both in my wardrobe. I also love the sunshine yellow Jennifer Lauren Ivy pinafore that I made in June last year and felt a more winter appropriate version would be a great addition to my collection! The wool was the perfect weight for the pattern and the khaki colour would look great with my favourite navy and red Bretons.
I like to get all my supplies ready before I start sewing, so I trawled my button stash and browsed my favourite online button shops, but unusually I couldn’t find anything I really liked for my dress. I’ve never made self-covered buttons before, but decided to give them a try – they were super easy to make and I think they give a really fabulous 60s vibe to my pinafore.
I had a dig around in my off-cuts drawer and was very excited to find that there was enough of my precious vintage Liberty lawn for the lining and pocket bags. This was given to me by my mother-in-law many, many years ago and made into a dress that sadly never fit very well. It was nice to be able to use it in another garment that will be well-worn and enjoyed!
I made the pinafore in the size 10 with no alterations – exactly the same as my first version of the dress. I’m not much of a pattern repeater, but it’s definitely starting to appeal to me more and more – it’s so quick when the pattern pieces are cut out and ready and you can sew away knowing you won’t have any fitting to do!
Ivy is a straightforward project and the instructions are really clear, so I enjoyed the few evenings I spent sewing it up last week. I absolutely love the finished dress and I know it will be in regular rotation in my wardrobe – I can wear it to work because it is plain and I can add plenty of layers to keep me warm in the shop over the winter.
I’d love to hear your recommendations for other great pinafore patterns – leave me a comment if you have a suggestion!