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5.04.2010

The Notting Hill Pinafore

This post is part of a month long series called 'Pattern Makeover Month.' I took a simple pattern (The Sweet Dress by Leila and Ben) and 'made-it-over' into many different styles. For more information, go here.


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What goes better under a modern pinny than a Sweet Dress?



This Sweet Dress is made with white premium muslin. I cut the sleeves and dress pieces as directed. I also cut two pieces that measure 6" by width of fabric (about 40") for the ruffle.



Sew the dress together as directed in the pattern, stopping before hemming or sewing the casings.



To add the ruffle, sew the two strips together on the two short ends. Finish the bottom of the ruffle, using a rolled hem or a rolled hem edge on the serger. Gather the top of the ruffle to match the bottom of the dress. Pin, right sides together and stitch into place. Finish your seam with a serger or zigzag stitch. Then topstitch the seam to the dress.



Now finish your neckline and sleeves with a rolled hem or rolled hem edge on your serger.



Instead of making a casing and threading elastic on this dress, I shirred the neckline. This makes the neckline lay closer to the neck allowing the pinafore straps to lay on fabric, rather than skin.



Wind your elastic thread on the bobbin and place in your machine. Thread matching thread on your machine. Lengthen your stitch length to the longest it will go. Start at the back sleeve seam about 1/2 inch away from the finished neckline. Stitch all the way around and finish. Then make a second shirred seam about 1/2 of an inch below the first seam. Add a third line as well.



** Note: If your shirring does not pull tight enough on the dress, you can steam the elastic thread with your iron (do not touch the iron to it!) and it will shrink the elastic.







A perfect pinny dress!





make it wear it




21 comments:

Angela C. said...

Very cute! Love the top pinafore!

Jenny said...

oh i love the stripes. cute.

Vanessa said...

I have that same stripe fabric! Target?? Love it. Great dress. I'll have to try it.

The Wynn Family said...

I love the bright colors!

heather said...

I LOVE this! Beautiful!

Janna said...

That is ADORABLE!! I am in love! Where can we find a pattern for the modern pinny?! I want to make one of those! You are just amazing! And I love that bright fabric. Where is it from? Vanessa you say you have some...where did you get it? Target?...is it like a tablecloth or curtains or something? So so cute!

Lacey said...

Oh my, I love this one!!! so cute!
You are just too creative!!

JamieS said...

Very cute!

Leah said...

I love white dresses with added pops of color!

Goosegirl said...

I love this little pinafore! I had not seen your blog before but found you by following links. You have darling things.

Janelle said...

I'd love to know where to find the pinafore pattern. I haven't seen one like that before and its adorable!
Great work!

Natalie said...

I love this one!! It is so cute with the bow in front!! So, is this your own pattern?

Jenny said...

So cute! I love the vibrant pinafore over the simplicity of the white dress.
~Jenny~

Lindsey said...

Oh my goodness, so adorable! Is there a pattern somewhere? Love love love the stripes!

cmboyd_1999 said...

cute!

Marcia said...

This outfit goes way beyond the simple pinny frock. Lovely.

Claudia Almandoz Gerbolini said...

Me encanta! I´m in LOVE and not the first person to say it! Congrats... makes me wanna cry even worse cause my sowing machine has a bad boo boo!
greetings from Mexico!
Claudia
http://www.handmadeconamor.blogspot.com

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Lovin' this CUTE style! Hope you have a FUN weekend:)

Blessings,
Linda

Fawnda said...

Ok-now, that is just too cute! I love it! :)

Montrose Lewises said...

oh my word! these are cute cute cute!

ange_moore said...

I'm such a fan of the pinafore and haven't ever thought to layer it over a dress!!