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Peter Pan Collar Pinafore

Added Apr 25, 2011

by Jamie Lau

Brooklyn, New Yo...






I have always been inspired by the simplicity and playfulness of children’s clothing, particularly from the 1950s and 1960s. Working with a classic pinafore pattern, I added a Peter Pan collar to sweeten up the dress a bit and even lined the pockets with the same rose bud cotton/rayon challis print, purchased at B&J Fabrics. Lately, I’ve also been experimenting with mixing different prints together in unexpected ways. I was excited to finally cut into this striped wool that I picked up at Britex Fabrics, which I have been holding on to forever.

Material Notes

1 1/2 yards of wool, 1 1/2 yards of lining fabric, 1/2 yard of cotton/rayon challis, 18-inch zipper, coordinating thread




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Classic, Preppy, Rock, Vintage
Cotton, Blends, Wool



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    Jan 10, 2013, 06.58 AMby kusum k

    Lovely dress and i will make it for my daughter.

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    Nov 7, 2012, 03.21 AMby Mtetar

    Another great project by Y O U ! Thank you for sharing. Best, Mtetar

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    Mar 17, 2012, 08.32 PMby purplehaze

    wow! wonderful! especially love the pockets and fabric choice truly inspiring!

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    Feb 13, 2012, 06.45 PMby skeeler

    Beautiful dress — Love the fabric play!

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    Jan 20, 2012, 05.50 PMby lelie

    What an amazing dress!!! Really great!!!

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    Sep 23, 2011, 02.11 AMby Catalina6

    Really nice. Love the contrasts and that you carried the collar fabric into the pockets. Excellent positoning of the blue stripes on the pockets also. Kind of inspired! The collar really makes it!

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      Sep 24, 2011, 06.30 PMby Jamie Lau

      Thank you so much! Fall weather has arrived and I’m excited to get to wear this dress again!

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    Aug 17, 2011, 09.33 PMby cyndi-de-crafti

    What a nice dress! It’s really stylish. Love the print of the fabric and how you made little around collars to go with it. Really cute! :)

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      Aug 17, 2011, 09.37 PMby Jamie Lau

      Thanks so much! (And so nice to hear from someone from my hometown of San Francisco.) I can’t wait to wear it again in the fall.

      Happy sewing!

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      Aug 17, 2011, 11.07 PMby cyndi-de-crafti

      Hi Jamie, if you come back to San Francisco anytime soon, you can totally wear it. It sure feels like fall (plus the wind and fog) here already. It’s great to get connected with you….homie!

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    Apr 27, 2011, 10.45 AMby shizuoka

    cool! i want to make it!

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    Apr 27, 2011, 09.31 AMby samarlayali

    Waw! I love it. Greet dress. Bravo
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    Apr 27, 2011, 08.38 AMby carottesauvage

    Cool combination of fabrics. The amount the flower fabric is perfectly balanced for a combination that could be a li’l risqué otherwise….. yuuuuupeeeee!

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    Apr 27, 2011, 07.42 AMby woman

    love the way you mixed the prints!!! :D

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    Apr 27, 2011, 05.39 AMby hukilaulei

    Those pockets are the best!

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    Apr 26, 2011, 11.04 PMby sarsaparilla

    It’s gorgeous! I also love seeing matching stripes – I really want to try this pattern now :)

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    Apr 26, 2011, 06.59 PMby darciepemberton

    From an “older” sewer who appreciates flawless techniques & execution: GREAT JOB! The stripes are matched perfectly, the invisible zipper perfect, the pockets (stripes) match perfect & the collar is a funky perfect contrast (with a nice finished edge)! Really fun to see!

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      Apr 26, 2011, 07.25 PMby Jamie Lau

      Thank you so much for such a wonderful compliment. I, too, value quality craftsmanship. Happy sewing!


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    Apr 26, 2011, 05.47 PMby mmmcheeseburgers

    this is adorable!

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    Apr 26, 2011, 04.59 PMby ecila

    Really nice!!

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    Apr 26, 2011, 02.34 PMby Amor Allure

    great job

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    Apr 26, 2011, 01.15 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    Masterful job…not a pucker to be seen, especially in the back where it’s tricky. Congratulations on a job well done.

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      Apr 26, 2011, 01.30 PMby Jamie Lau

      Thank you so much! I worked really hard to make sure the stripes lined up properly!

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    Apr 26, 2011, 06.24 AMby pambox

    very cute. and i love the colours of the fabrics.

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    Apr 25, 2011, 04.32 PMby lesyoung

    Another Great dress and look. Love the colors. Looking forward on your next project. Keep them coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    Apr 25, 2011, 03.43 PMby Angela Kane

    Hi Jamie, Let me be the first to say what a fantastic version. Great use of the fabric.

    Thanks again for making up my pattern.


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      Apr 25, 2011, 03.56 PMby Jamie Lau

      Thank you, Angela! We love your patterns!


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