This sew was pure stash busting.
The pattern, the fabric and the buckles.
I didn't even need to find them, Liddy left the lot in a basket on my cutting table
I have no idea where I got it from, it is not a style I would usually buy so I am guessing it came in a bag of goodies.
To be honest, I was not that taken with it, I have so many gorgeous vintage pinafore patterns and I suggested Liddy look at those but, nope, this is what she wanted.
The material is a thick cotton drill, a remnant from the Bullrush factory
The first thing I noticed was it was an economical sew. As my fabric didn't have a nap direction I could flip the pattern and cut the front and back from the same width.
I actually got this and a black skirt (to be blogged) from one and a half metres.
The skirt has a 'trumpet' shape and skims in nicely and the waist.
It fastens with a side zipper.
I used a basic skirt zipper, rather than a metal teethed zipper as it doesn't have a fly guard.
I love the back, it is nice and high which is more comfortable to wear and keeps you warmer.
In fact I was so impressed I tracked down the smaller size for Matilda (and paid a pretty price) and made her one too!
I love the way the waist nips in, no darts, just shaping!
This is one of those patterns that you would be happy to run up for a friends child. Quick sew, not too much fabric used and it looks super cute!
You could mix it up with more pockets, maybe a carpenter strap?
I went with a single pocket on the breast but there are other options included.
My buckles are from a seller on eBay , they take quite a few months to arrive so you do need to order ahead of time.
I do recommend this pattern and suggest you snaffle it up if you find it (in an OpShop or on eBay/Etsy)
This pinafore has a become of my favourite pieces!
I love the fit of it as it looks really nice but I still have growing room. I think it looks better with shirts that are tighter compared to quite a few of my blouses which are rather floaty but I think it looks great with them too.
I really like that depending on how it is styled, the pinnie can make quite a posh outfit or a comfy casual one as well. I can also layer it for a Winter look or wear a top underneath and have a summer outfit.
I cannot wait till I get more opportunities to wear this.
Thank you Mumma xx
Thank you for reading.... xx Nicole
Special thanks to Lidia and Matilda for their photography skills.