The Pippi Pinafore
Posted on Monday the 1st April 2019 by Sew Dainty
Jennifer Lauren Handmade is a pattern designer that I have had my eye on for a long time. She has a beautiful collection of patterns, I want them all, but I have decided to start with The Pippi Pinafore.
It is a feminine pinafore dress, accommodating bust sizes A-D, with so many pretty features and details which I will come on to in a little while. The fabric that I selected from Minerva is this gorgeous navy blue Chambray Fabric
. The colour is perfect. Dark, but without being too dark if you know what I mean. It's fairly lightweight, but works very well with this pattern. It sews up nicely and presses like a dream. The pattern is partially lined too and I selected this adorable ditsy floral Cotton Lawn Fabric
Let's talk about some of the great features of this pattern.
The shape of the skirt is what drew me to this pinafore in the first place. It is gently shaped with the help of pleats at the front and darts at the back. Large practical pockets are essentialand included, and what's not to love about the super cute side button placket.
The criss cross straps at the back are a lovely feature, and give it a fun, preppy vibe, you won't believe how many times I checked and double checked that the straps weren't twisted before attaching my buttons! Better safe than sorry..
I love that you have a choice of how you fasten the straps. Initially I wanted to go for classic Dungaree Clips
, but actually thought I might like to give the button fastening a go because I really loved the buttons that I had chosen for this dress and just wanted an excuse to use more of them!
So, the buttons. Check them out. These are the 17mm clip on Jeans Buttons
in antique gold. Utterly perfect and only 9p each! When it says 'clip on' it means 'hammer on'! I used an awl to make a hole in the fabric where I wanted the button positioned, and placed the point of the button back through that hole (from the back). Place the top part of the button on this (making sure that you twist the button so that it is laying how you want it to - if you, like me, want the writing to be the same way up on all the buttons), and using a wooden block to prevent any damage to your surface, and some thick cardboard to cushion it a little, hammer it firmly into place from the back. Once in place these buttons aren't going anywhere!
The pattern and instructions are fabulous. Beautifully illustrated and clearly written it was a total joy to use. Different bust sizes are available and every last detail is considered. The bib, waistband, pockets and button band are all lined too so this gives it a luxurious and professional finish. I made no alterations from a straight size 12, B cup, other than to shorten the skirt length by 1.5"
I cannot recommend this pattern and fabric highly enough, and am happy that it can be worn with tights, long sleeves and a cardigan on colder days, but also worn in warmer weather with a t-shirt and bare legs too.
Huge thank you to Minerva for their wonderful supplies, this really was an enjoyable sewing project.
Take care and I'll be back next month,