Pintuck Pinny Tutorial

on July 12 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 9 Comments

In late 2011 I was honored to be asked to submit a project to Sew Beautiful magazine. The editors of Sew Beautiful have been contributors on our blog before, so it was a wonderful opportunity to reciprocate. My project, the “Fashion Formula Tunic” (originally name the  Pintuck Pinny) was in last month’s issue of the magazine, along with tons of other patterns for adorable girls’ dresses. The folks at Sew Beautiful were nice enough to allow me to repost the pattern on Sew,Mama,Sew!, which you can download here.

The project is a formula for making a pinafore in any size from child’s to adult using measurements. It’s not your typical ruffly pinafore, but a clean, casual look. I used white twill, but it works well in quilt-weight cotton and would be great in linen.

Three Pinafores

As I mentioned, this process got started long ago and we weren’t sure which issue of the magazine it was going in, so we photographed my daughters and I in January (thus the long sleeve shirts!)

three pinafores

The project ended up in the July issue (which made much more sense than a Winter issue.) I love the way they used it in the magazine as a sweet little girl’s dress.

When I made the three samples, I sewed rows of pintucks on the top plackets and pocket bands of each of the pinafores using colored thread. (If you have a pintuck foot for your machine, this is super fun and easy!)

Pintucks

I wanted to put a little surprise on the back of each pinafore, so on one I embroidered birds using The Scandinavian Birds embroidery pattern from The Split Stitch Shop on Etsy.

Birds

On one of the others I used a printed cotton instead of the twill. Both sides of the pinafore are the same, so this could be either the front or the back.

alternate fabric

Thank you to Sew Beautiful for having me as a contributor. You can download a copy of the tutorial and worksheets here.  On the worksheets I’ve included examples of the measurements I used for Poppy (age 3 at the time and about a 4T or 5), Lola (approximately a girls’ size 10) and myself  (size 10).

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9 Responses to Pintuck Pinny Tutorial

  1. Thanks for sharing. I love anything with pintucks

  2. Those are way way way too sweet! LOVE them!

  3. Aletta says:

    That is a cute pattern! It would look great in bold colors too. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  4. lee says:

    Very sweet! thanks for the tutorial!

  5. Peggy Grow says:

    Oh my gosh – that is so cute! Will have to make those for my two girls!

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  7. Wendy Crim says:

    I seriously can’t wait to make this! Thank you so much for sharing.

  8. georgia says:

    I love it, Kristin! Now I need to make a Pinny for my little Penny!

  9. krystina says:

    So cute! Thanks for the pattern!

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