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the purple pinafore

Added Dec 27, 2009

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






This pinafore dress was made from a vintage, late 1930s pattern (see photos). Although I made it primarily as a pinafore (or jumper) to be worn over blouses and shirts, the pattern indicates it can also be worn as a sundress. Considering the weather is still quite warm here, I decided to model it as a sundress. I’m fairly pleased with how this turned out: it was one of those projects that was a bit of an experiment. I generally do not gravitate towards designs that have such a pronounced, horizontal line across the hip area. It emphasizes what I don’t want to draw attention to! lol. Although I won’t be rushing out to replace my wardrobe with yoked skirts, this is a nice change to the usual styles that populate my wardrobe!

I also made a little self-fabric belt sporting a vintage buckle to jazz things up!

Material Notes

cotton twill




Garment Type
Cotton, Denim

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    May 25, 2010, 05.10 PMby tamezdc

    Beautiful dress. It looks great on you.

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    Apr 13, 2010, 02.08 AMby dilshadburman

    I love EVERYTHING about this dress. EVERYTHING!! Gorgeous job!!

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    Mar 5, 2010, 06.19 PMby tallykay

    This is so amazing! I love that color beautiful… I love how you make your hair and face go with the era of dress that you are wearing! Great job

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    Feb 2, 2010, 10.15 AMby costumegirl

    Love this, amazing work

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    Jan 15, 2010, 08.15 AMby nettevivante

    I love this one! It fits you so well. :) And the color is beautiful, too.

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    Jan 4, 2010, 04.03 PMby anajan

    Cute cute cute!

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    Jan 2, 2010, 12.05 AMby buzzybee

    That style looks really good on you and the line across the hip is not bad at all. The proportions work well and you’ve cut the hem at the perfect length.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 12.38 AMby heartspromise

    WOW. I love these types of dresses. You look so GREAT in it! I’m going to have to find a pattern similar to this. I just have to have one of these dresses.:)

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    Dec 29, 2009, 09.55 AMby jd98

    I want it, I want it, I want it, I want it… if I repeat it enough times, it’s just going to appear, right? :)

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    Dec 28, 2009, 05.14 PMby sunnilj9

    Its just so gorgeous! And your hair is simply to die for!

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    Dec 28, 2009, 03.43 PMby cannes04

    this is beautiful! I love your color choice, very pretty!

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    Dec 28, 2009, 10.02 AMby nojallakuutamo

    You are a very talented person with style. Deadly combination, I must say :)

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    Dec 28, 2009, 09.22 AMby elaine-bin

    The dress looks lovely and the colour suits the style, well done.

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    Dec 28, 2009, 08.37 AMby lybu

    Absolutely gorgeous !

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    Dec 27, 2009, 11.57 PMby nessys

    Darl, you just keep on pumping out winners! This is so nice on you and is just beautiful. I really like the seam accross the hips with the pockets – it adds real interest and the belt kicks “bottom”!!! You look fab and the colour is FAB! You have to make the little jacket if you haven’t already – it looks so cute!!!

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    Dec 27, 2009, 10.25 PMby msgems

    This is really lovely. Not sure what your not trying to drawer attention to as I can see nothing but loveliness about you! :-) Wish I could find such great vintage patterns. Great work :-)

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    Dec 27, 2009, 07.54 PMby sianysiany

    This is great! And I love it in purple!

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    Dec 27, 2009, 07.37 PMby strawberrypancakesbykim

    so so so so cute! i want one! :-)

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    Dec 27, 2009, 05.39 PMby sockbuttons

    I wish I could have this pattern! The details are a really nice touch, especially the belt buckle. I love everything about it. Did you make the coat to go with it too?

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      Dec 29, 2009, 01.16 PMby elegantmusings

      Thank you! :) I didn’t make the little coat that is included in the pattern… yet! ;) It’s on my “to-sew” list for the future though…

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    Dec 27, 2009, 05.38 PMby Ana B

    Absolutely gorgeous! This dress looks great on you.

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    Dec 27, 2009, 05.15 PMby aubreydawn

    such a great job :)

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    Dec 27, 2009, 05.11 PMby galatina

    so retro and suits you so well

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    Dec 27, 2009, 05.11 PMby the-gilded-bee

    awesome. vintage loveliness. ;)

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    Dec 27, 2009, 04.07 PMby hemuli85

    Beautiful and just your style.

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    Dec 27, 2009, 03.41 PMby ajtak7171

    Awwww, PERFECT!

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    Dec 27, 2009, 03.15 PMby asherdasher

    I love this purple fabric. The dress itself is gorgeous and I agree with everyone else, you look amazing. I also love, love, love your hair.

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    Dec 27, 2009, 02.30 PMby frkbustad

    It’s adorable! The hip line still looks good on you, and I agree with Almatinka. I love to see actual vintage patterns in nowadays use! Did you have to do many alterations on the top part of the dress?

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      Dec 29, 2009, 01.19 PMby elegantmusings

      Thank you! :) I made a few alterations (I usually have to; I’m small busted), but this was a fairly straightforward project since the jumper bodice doesn’t go up to armhole level (if that makes sense! ;).

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    Dec 27, 2009, 02.20 PMby flosiepoos

    that’s a sweet dress! I really like the colour you chose, the result is not sugary. Really lovely!

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    Dec 27, 2009, 02.04 PMby ichigogirl

    Nice! I love the colour, and the dress really suits you well. Nice to see a 1930’s pattern come to such good use (Burdastyle PLEASE add 1920’s + 1930’s to the pre-set years!).

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      Dec 29, 2009, 01.20 PMby elegantmusings

      Thank you so much! I concur—Burdastyle needs to add a pre-1950 category! ;)

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      Mar 2, 2010, 11.59 AMby meegie-moo

      Wouldn’t that be lovely!!

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    Dec 27, 2009, 01.33 PMby ellendevroe

    very nice dress!

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