A Review of The York Pinafore Dress PDF Pattern by Helen's Closet.
This is my fifth York Pinafore by Helen's Closet Patterns. I have three versions with the higher neck and two with the lower. I really love the huge pockets - they are great for keys and a phone. Helen's Closet describes it as:
... a playful addition to your handmade wardrobe. It is easy to layer over tank tops for summer or turtlenecks and leggings for colder weather. The York Pinafore is a modern take on a classic pinafore dress with a cocoon shape and two views. View A features large scoop pockets, a dipped neckline, and comes to the knee. View B is a shorter length with a high neckline and a kangaroo pocket.
This York Pinafore is made from a denim with a slight stretch - I've never used this fabric before and it was a delight to sew with. The slight stretch makes it even more comfortable to wear. I made this version thinking of the colder months where I'll wear it with leggings and a long-sleeved top but denim is all year round really.
The York Pinafore pdf pattern goes together really well and the instructions are very detailed with lots of hints and tips to get a lovely finish. It's actually a very quick satisfying sew. Adding the binding around the armholes and neck and also across the inside top of the pockets is the most time consuming part of the sew. I chose a purple binding and purple top-stitching which adds a subtle bit of interest to the finish. I enjoyed the purple top-stitching so much that I added two rows!
I tried my best to get a nice curve on my pockets. I serged the curved edges first and pressed them under before top-stitching. As you can see from the photograph - I'm a pinner!
Its suggested in the York Pinafore instructions that that you sew bar tacks or a triangle at the top corner of the pockets but my sewing machine wasn't happy about this - it really struggles when there is some bulk. I felt that that the bar tacks I did looked untidy so I had a search around and found some metal buttons which I sewed over the offending stitches. They sort of look like rivets with the denim don't you think?
Final Thoughts: I love this versatile fun Pinafore!