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Pretty reversible pinafore

Added May 25, 2010

by hoffmng

Mc Kinney, Texas...






This is a pinafore I made for my 18 month old (she is a varying size dilemma). I really like the way it turned out. It has more broad “straps” as I wanted less sun exposure. I also wanted to be able to use it in the winter months so it is a little longer than most patterns. It fits her more like a dress. It turns out I made it extremely large so it recieved some pleats which make it even more perfect. It is essentially reversible (short of the button issue) and I included an inside and outside views. I am sure with the right snaps it could be completely reversible. I wanted the buttons we found that were large flowers to add to its print element.




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends

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    May 28, 2010, 07.20 PMby hoffmng

    BurdaStyle Members: Thank you for your words of encouragement. As soon as I find time (soon I hope) I will be getting a pattern and instructions together. For those of you in a hurry to start working. I suggest looking up AnnasApronDressPremature and try printing it at a larger size of 200% or printing that one out and scale it to the size you need by hand. Gift wrapping tissue paper, construction paper, or butcher paper/art paper are great choices for by hand. When you get it where you think it will fit try it out on them. Pay attention on the way it lays over the shoulders and the A-line of the dress- making sure it is not too big. The trick is to keep your fabric doubled for less sewing. I have seen 3 panels for the pattern too, meaning the front was one patterned material and the back “straps” were another patterned material. I drew my pattern by hand based on what I wanted it to have like increase the straps to cover my daughters entire shoulder.

    For a reversible number pick your complementing materials sew them together facing each other. I wanted my straps to be straight and clean lines versus a curve so I left open the neck area for sewing after I turned it right side out. If you want a pleat (which was a pretty mistake in this case) just add a little extra in front. fold it up in a pleat (make sure to iron it down to make sewing easy) and sew it up taking care of your back stitching to not look bunching. To make “prettier” pleats I just sewed the lines of all pleats that show inside and out. For a fully reversible number I have not found a way to eliminate 2 sets of buttons on the pinafore. You can sew the straps to the fron apron of the outfit to make it completely reversible as it will slip over the head and then the arms individually it is capable of being a nonclosure outfit. That is my next attempt give me some time and I will try it out for size. For those with more sewing under your belt feel free to try yourselves and post for everyone. I would love to see it work and instructions on how it worked. I hope that helps everyone be inspired. Sorry I am not very good at the instructions yet.

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    May 27, 2010, 02.00 PMby lh1


    Looks lovely – just what I am planning to make for my daughter. Do you have any instructions?


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      May 28, 2010, 07.22 PMby hoffmng

      I posted information that might help everyone. See comments.

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    May 26, 2010, 11.47 AMby ghainskom

    Lovely! With no closure at all (as slip on), it’d be reversible.

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    May 26, 2010, 04.00 AMby nessys

    This is lovely! I would love to make one for my friend’s little girl – but when I try to get the instructions I keep on getting an error . .. (the reason I say this is orginally I am sure this had a “make it” notice on it – but now it doens’t? Maybe I’m an idiot? Could be!) XX

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      May 28, 2010, 07.21 PMby hoffmng

      I posted information that might help everyone. See comments.

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      May 29, 2010, 12.07 AMby nessys

      Thanks for that Darl! Much appreciated!

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