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back-to-work pinafore

Added Aug 28, 2010

by abbyzeeble

Sheffield, Unite...






This is one of New Look’s ‘fast and easy’ patterns (6826) and it definitely lives up to its name.

I learnt how to do invisible zips properly (although you can see it needs much more practise) thanks to grosgrain’s brilliant tutorial on her blog :-) Before this project I was trying to fold the fabric back and sew the zip onto that. Don’t know what I was thinking! And by the way, the only zip I had was yellow and I couldn’t wait til the next day to go out and get a grey one!

The fit is not great; the bodice fits nicely and it’s the right width around my hips but there’s a lot of spare fabric round my waist which is annoying. Being a pear shape this is something I’ll have to learn to remedy but have no idea how. If anyone can make any suggestions I’d be grateful. Perhaps is a more drapey fabric it wouldn’t notice as much.

I will wear it with pride though :-) I am going to buy some purple biker boots to wear with it :-D

Material Notes

IKEA fairly heavy cotton.




Fall, Winter
Garment Type


grosgrain's invisible zip tutorial

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    Sep 10, 2010, 04.03 AMby sunnyb64

    I love that fabric! Looks great.

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    Aug 29, 2010, 03.31 AMby nessys

    That fabric is so gorgeous and you’ve placed the flower detail in a very appealing way. Body shape can be a darn problem Honey – I wish my waist was existent or in a place where it was meant to be – and don’t get me started on my “rump”!!

    I want a shot of you in those purple boots ASAP!!! xxx

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      Sep 1, 2010, 09.50 PMby abbyzeeble

      Thanks Nessy. I’m still going to wear it for a bit; it’s only the 2nd thing I’ve made that I’m proud enough to wear in public! Decided against the putrple boots, bought the black ones instead look – http://www.schuh.co.uk/rocket-dog/womens-black-rocket-dog-tracker/1561047060 yay!

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      Sep 4, 2010, 10.12 AMby nessys

      Checked out the boots – pretty cool Hon – but I really had my heart set on seeing you in the purple!! Maybe next time . . !!!! xxxxxxx

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    Aug 28, 2010, 08.44 PMby susie17

    I think I have this pattern, it is very easy to sew. Shame about the fit though :( Maybe you could take out the pleat at the front and make it more fitted around your waist. I need a trip to IKEA now to buy some of this fabric :) I have seen other people use it before too and always like it.

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      Sep 1, 2010, 09.51 PMby abbyzeeble

      Thank you! Yes the fabrics in IKEA are lovely. I’ve also bought a pale grey lighter fabric with leaf shapes all over it. I’ll either make a wrap dress with it or a heidi.

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    Aug 28, 2010, 08.33 PMby kris10w04

    P.S. I love your fabric choice as well!

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    Aug 28, 2010, 08.32 PMby kris10w04

    Abbyzeeble, I am a pear shape as well. The cut/style of the dress is the problem. The pleats at the bust seem are what allow for the extra space between your hips and waist. It breaks my heart because I love this style of dress but I don’t buy them for the same reason. Fabric that is loose doesn’t help much because it hangs oddly in the front and makes you look like you have a gut. However, pear shapes (like Eva Mendez) can rock a fitted dress or skirt like no one else. Curvy bums can be a blessing =)

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      Sep 1, 2010, 09.52 PMby abbyzeeble

      awwwwww thanks for the sympathy and advice kris! That’s annoyign isn’t it. Oh well I’ll still wear it for a bit! I love the heidi pattern for my body shape actually, it’s really flattering.

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    Aug 28, 2010, 08.28 PMby klasika

    But it looks amazing anyway! Like the colour of fabric a lot! Well done!

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      Sep 1, 2010, 09.53 PMby abbyzeeble

      thank you klasika! I’m really into grey at the moment.

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    Aug 28, 2010, 07.35 PMby abbyzeeble

    I have no idea why the camera says a weird date. I finished it last night and took the picture today

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