Saturday, 2 February 2013

A Pinafore Pattern Bust



It has been a long time coming but I finally made the Heidi and Finn Sweet Pocket Pinafore. Despite it being one of the first patterns I purchased I never got to make it in time for my eldest to fit into.

I like to think I have had enough time to think about fabric choices and am happy to be able to use my half meter of Storyboek Two fabric that I have couldn't bring myself to cut up before now.


The pattern ranges from 12m - 4 years. After a bit of research it seemed that the sizing came up small so I erred on the side of caution and reduced the seam allowances a bit. I took it down from 5/8" to 1/2". 



I used a plain white on the reverse side and put the pocket on to jazz it up a bit. I went without a pocket on the main fabric as I just wanted to look at all the pretty bunnies and horses without them being covered up.


The last step of stitching involves sewing the side seams together to seal the layers of the top. It calls for sewing the two main fabric sides together and going an inch either side onto the other fabric to create a flap for all the fabric to fold into. 


 I didn't want to do a line of stitches which would show on the grey fabric so I carried on sewing the side seams as far as I could before I had to stop. This left me with only a couple of inches to seal up. I hand sewed with a ladder stitch to keep all the stitches invisible.


I love the fact that it has no fastenings and is easy to get on and off. It is loose and comfy for little ones that never stay still and is a good way to add interest to a plain outfit (like blue jeans and a white tshirt).

Worn her with her Heidi & Finn Pleat Bottom Trousers - not by design, just the first ones I pulled out!


I love the design of the back!

and in reverse....

I found the pattern to be simple and easy to follow. Only 3 pattern pieces, including a pocket! The pocket caused me a bit of head scratching but nothing major. I couldn't see anywhere in the instructions that you stitched the pleat down and made it up without doing so. But it was niggling me because it didn't seem right to just flap open. So I went and had a look at the blog post that introduced me to the pattern in the first place to see how it was done. Raechel's blog is a staple read for me, she is just adorable. Her blog is choc full of interesting stuff and her children are cute as. So I could see that she had stitched it and followed suit. Much better.




The only other thing I did was to topstitch the entire thing once it was done. I wanted to keep that nice crisp edge.

3 comments:

  1. This is adorable - perfect use for the fabric, Katy

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  2. Such a cute top! How great it has two sides! I love the pinafore pattern, it can be worn so many ways!

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  3. So, so sweet! And she is just adorable!

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