I bought a couple of metres of Kokka midweight cotton on a whim at the BrisStyle DeStash Market earlier this year, with a gorgeous Alice in Wonderland-themed print. I originally had plans of making it into a Cleo pinafore dress… but inspired by this video by Annika Victoria, I decided to hack my own pinafore dress based on the Clemence gathered skirt from Love at First Stitch!
To make this pinafore dress, I first made the Clemence gathered skirt, including inserting the zip and finishing the waistband, but I left hemming until the very end. To make the pinafore bodice and straps, I generally followed the Annika Victoria tutorial, though I made my bodice a trapezoid shape rather than an even rectangle. I didn’t have overall/dungaree buckles or adjustable sliders, so I just put in a couple of buttonholes in the bodice before attaching it to the skirt waistband. To work out where to sew the buttons onto the straps and where to sew the straps to the skirt, I pinned the straps to the skirt waistband and the bodice, checking in the mirror and readjusting until I was happy with it. I sewed the straps to the skirt waistband first, then double-checked the button placement using chalk through the buttonholes before sewing the buttons onto the straps. The whole thing took one day from start to finish, so a pretty quick make overall!
The best part about this pinafore dress is that is has pockets!! I love adding pockets into all my handmade clothes – makes them so much more practical!
The midweight fabric is perfect for the mild Australian winter with a pair of opaque tights and a long sleeved tee or jumper, and will be just as comfortable with a short-sleeved tee in the spring.
Here’s a closer look at the print – isn’t it cute? I love the Alice in Wonderland theme, with all the rabbits, playing cards, chess pieces and tea sets!
This is the first time I’ve ever tried ‘hacking’ a pattern, and I am really pleased with how it turned out! it’s definitely helped me gain a bit more confidence with going ‘off-book’ with my sewing – hopefully all my future experiments turn out this well!