So I know I talked about my love of shapeless sack dresses before, so can I say a what the up to the York Pinafore by Helen’s Closet. I know it’s traditionally “flattering” to my shape, but honestly, I don’t give a shit about flattering at this point in my life. Anything with funtional pockets this hug pretty much a free pass from me on style. It’s also pretty much the easiest thing ever to sew. It’s a pancake pattern, two pieces, stitched on the seams, nothing fancy. The edges are finished in bias tape, and there’s two huge patch pockets slapped on the front. While I don’t think you necessarily need a pattern to make something like this… I don’t mind supporting indie patterns companies who put out modern mumus- much to my husbands dismay.
I made up the York in a “linen-look” fabric from joanns, that looking at the pattern I’m 99% sure is also what the sample garment is made there are. I’m usually a big proponent of using natural fibers over their manmade imposters but this fabric is 55% linen and 45% Rayon. I love rayon. Even though Rayon is manmade, it’s still a natural fiber! I made my first wearable garment out of Joann’s linen look fabric, so it’s always got a special place in my heart. I also used premade bias tape I picked up at my local independent fabric store Fiberge.
I did take the pinafore in at the waist by an inch, which isn’t something I normally need to do. If I made this again I would probably reduce the hip curve a lot. I’m very straight through the hips, so this is a personal adjustment I do a lot. Also I would bring up the hemline and put in a center back seam so I could do a swayback adjustment. It’s not terrible as it, but if it was a tiny bit more fittedpattern I feel like I could get away from the Elementary School Art Teacher lewk I’m serving hard here.
I do have a video I’m working on about the construction of this dress. Like everything I’ve sewn recently I used french seams. Sometimes I wonder why I even bought my serger if I’m not going to use it to seam finish. I turned the hem up an addtional half inch more than the patttern directions. I feel like it’s still not quite short enough, but I probably won’t unpick it. Sometimes the “good enough” mentality is the only thing that lets a type a creative, like myself, get anything out into the world.
Check out the gif Y’all! Really upping my blogging game, looking like an Azkaban wanted poster. I thought it might be cool to see a garment in motion. I really like the drape of this linen/rayon blend. Looking at these photos I think I would be interested to try the higher neckline as well. I feel like this neckline causes the bias tape to want to flip out a bit because it’s sitting almost under my boobs. Which I’m kind of okay with since it’s the only way you’re going to see this cute ass bias tape I felt like I was sewing for a million hours.
Are you folks #teammumu? I feel like this will be a good layering piece once it cools down in the Ohio river valley. We’re getting a small taste cooler weather this week, but it’ll be back in the very humid nineties next week. I’m very ready for fall!