Wednesday, June 8, 2011

40ies style girl's pinafore

pinafore front

This little pinafore dress is for a friend's little girl who I'm going to meet for the first time today. :-) It's a size 80, so it's going to be too big for her, but this looks like a design that can grow with a child and fortunately it's a layering piece that's not only limited to summer. I made it using a pattern from a back-issue of Suuri Käsityö magazine (6-7 /2006). The pattern was constructed from a dress design that a woman made for her little daughter in the 40ies. With there being a shortage of fabric at that time, this pattern makes the most of a half-yard.

pinafore back

My friend loves vintage style and the colour blue, so I thought this pattern combined with the lovely Little Folks print would be perfect for her daughter. It also was perfect for me, since I only had a half-yard of the fabric ... ;-)

pinafore bodice back

My favourite feature of the dress is the back closure. (Please note the mismatched print in the back ... I decided it gives the dress character and charm ... ;-)) The thriftiness of the pattern designer really shows here, because with the use of button loops there is no need for the fabrics overlapping, resulting in saving fabric.

button loop

Also, the look is very retro to me and goes really well with the rest of the design. It was really fun making the loops, I followed the tutorial at the Oliver+S blog. I used thicker than regular thread to give the loops some sturdiness.


AND: I love these buttons! Another friend of mine gave me two of these little retro boxes for my birthday! We had buttons like this on our duvet covers and pillows when I grew up and they also remind me of my great-grandmother who still wore my home area's traditional dress (the style she wore is the Marburg protestant traditional dress you can see in the first picture of the link) every day of her life.

The construction of the dress is very interesting, there are no exposed seams. Every thing is either hemmed, lined or, in the case of the waistband, covered with a strip of fabric.

pinafore construction detail

So, there's only simple straight stitch needed, no buttonholes, no zigzag, no serger. I love how this fact also reflects the time the dress was designed in.

pinafore ribbon detail

In the spirit of thriftiness there was no ribbon on the original dress, but I couldn't resist. This yellow folksy ribbon just was so perfect for the project.

yummy colours

I love all these primary colours together, it's just so cheerful! J. found the old fruit drop tin while cleaning out the attic. It's so pretty. Why does it seem that packaging was prettier in the past?

I'm really happy with the dress and I hope my friend will like it, too! It was such a pleasure to sew with the voile again! I ordered some yardage of Loulouthi voile for myself, so I'm looking forward to making something nice for myself some time! :-)

We're having really beautiful weather here, so I leave you with some pics of the flowers on our balcony. Because I (finally) can!!! ;-)

dahlia blooms


Have a good day!


Kirsty@Bonjour said...

I love the ruffles and the ribbon. And of course you know what I think about AMH's voile. That is such a versatile pattern, great for summer but also over a skivvy (turtleneck) and tights for winter, adorable! I like the no exposed seams too - they just look so clean and professional. I'm sure your friend (and her daughter) will love it. I am always partial to blue on little girls, sometimes I just get sick of all the pink. Unfortunately it is my daughter's favourite colour and I can't get her to wear blue no matter what I try to bribe her with.

The Muse of The Day said...

Oh my goodness, Eva, this is scrumptious! I love, love, love, the yellow ribbon at the bottom. She will grow fast and be in it before you know it, and like you said, because it can be worn over other things it won't matter the season. In fact, imagining it in the winter time with leggings underneath it makes me want to make one for myself. The little candy tin goes so well with all the colors in the dress. Oh - and the button box - how adorable is that? Before I go, I must ask a question that you don't have to do. Is there any chance we can see a picture of your grandmother in some of her traditional dresses? I know, it is a lot to ask, but I went to the link and I was smitten. Loved the post, in fact, it was another little dress you made with AMH fabric that got me hooked on your blog. Remember? I have enjoyed every post since. Carolina