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Denim Pinafore

Added Nov 14, 2010

by melmeum

Wellington, New ...






My attempt at Angela Kane’s pinafore pattern. I needed to modify the top part quite a bit as i am a pear-shape, with a very small bust (!) and a funny shaped chest. After the pattern darts i added another bust dart, and then kept the waist dart going up to the shoulder. hopefully you can see that in one of the photos. And then i just winged the rest, changing the shape of the neck to suit what the fabric wanted to do, and not bothering with top stitching in the contrast thread.
Would i make it again? yes, i definitely would. but not soon as it took me the whole weekend. I’ve never pricked my self with pins so often nor made so many mistakes as i have with this garment. This is not a reflection on the pattern at all which is very good, as are the video instructions, but my rudimentary sewing skills. I learnt heaps from the videos, especially how to hand embroider. This pattern gave me the confidence to amend it due to my quirky body. i recommend this pattern to all.

Material Notes

Denim with some stretch




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type


Angela Kane

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    Nov 15, 2010, 02.00 AMby smallone

    love your version – like the way the darts and tucks you added to the top creaet more interest.

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    Nov 14, 2010, 06.05 PMby Angela Kane

    You look wonderful. A super version of my pinafore pattern. I am really flattered.

    I am particularly pleased to hear that you found my video so helpful. That is what this dress is all about and that is why I made this my first Make a Dress video.

    The dress is pretty well a bodice and skirt block. Commercial patterns, to my mind, get too complicated. If you can make this dress, you can make practically anything. By making this up, you have come to understand your body shape and how best to make necessary alterations. You can’t do that with complicated patterns. It also includes all the basic skills and I’m really pleased that it induced you to do a little embroidery – fantastic pockets!

    Subtle adaptations and different choices of fabric will give you endless variety in your wardrobe. I’m looking forward to seeing your next version.

    I promised everyone who makes up my pattern as a BurdaStyle project, free membership to my site for one year. You can then have a go at all 12 of my current patterns with more to come. Please contact me through my BurdaStye profile including your email address and I will sign you up.

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      Nov 15, 2010, 05.19 AMby melmeum

      Thank you for your compliments and the free pattern. I enjoyed making the dress and found alterations easier to make in such a stiff fabric as denim.
      Thank you also for the membership offer which i will redeem. I am looking forward to becoming a much better sewer under your excellent tutelage.

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    Nov 14, 2010, 05.01 AMby corinneski

    Nice job. I’m not picture perfect in the body shape department either and I have been considering making up this pattern so you’ve convinced me – this week I will make this dress with a difference, It will be made in crepe backed satin to wear to a summer wedding (minus pockets).

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      Nov 14, 2010, 06.59 AMby melmeum

      Thank you! Wow, your version sounds beautiful. Don’t forget to post photos when you’re done. :o)

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