Saturday, September 6, 2008

Pink Pinafore

I finished this little pinafore last week. I used Butterick pattern #3186 which I am sorry to say is out of print. (It's a little pioneer dress with an apron.) I used the apron pattern to create this pinafore and just sewed up the back seam that was originally left open to about 4 inches below the back tie. I also added a little pintucking to the hem. THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PINTUCKED HEM ARE BELOW. (You can add this hem to almost any dress or skirt pattern. I've even added them to the bottom of pajama pants. Just add 1 inch to the lower edge for each pintuck you plan to add.)

I also made, yes MADE, the crocheted buttons, and you can too. Here's my pattern.


Here are a few of the detail shots:


To create the pin tucked hem:
Before starting, add 1 inch to the lower edge for each pintuck you plan to add to your garment.
1. Press a fold 2 1/2 inches from the unfinished edge toward the inside of the dress.
2. Press another fold 2 inches from the last fold for each additional pintuck you plan on adding. (I used three pintucks.)
3. Sew along each foldline a half inch from the folded edge.
4. Press raw edge 1/4 inch toward the inside of the dress, and then fold over again to hide the raw edges.
5. Sew bottom hem 1/8 inch from folded edge.
6. Press all pintucks toward the bottom of the dress.

(By the way, Butterick pattern #4054 is similar, but you would have to sew up the sides on the skirt and add an opening in the back. I suggest taking the back pattern pieces, folding them in half, and adding 5/8 inches to the back center (folded) line.)

4 comments:

n8 and Aubrey said...

Adorable! Where do you get the time?

n8 and Aubrey said...

p.s. Genevieve said she got the clips. You are SO Nice! She loves them. She and I get compliments on them all the time.

Lyssa said...

K this little number is adorable!! You are so talented. And I love the new header. Did you create and take that picture? Very lovely.

Rachel said...

How do you do it??!! SO cute!!

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