I received this pattern from Jen when it was out for testing. It came out with the Gable top, of which I made two of at the time. These are still in constant wear and I love them. At the time the pinafore only came in a flared version which wasn’t for me. When the patterns were released Jen generously forwarded a copy of both the Gable top and the Ivy pinafore, which then came as a more fitted version. Forward a few years to lockdown here in NZ, and my mind has been constantly thinking of what can I make now, what do I need, what fabric is in my stash. Having seen a few pinafores on social media I suddenly decided I needed one in my life! I’ve not worn a pinafore for around 40 years, why would I wear one now? You may well ask, well I actually really like this version!
The Ivy pinafore is made from woven fabrics and comes in two silhouettes, a A-line flared version and a slim-line version. It has a yoke with button down straps which can be functional or just for show. It also has pockets and these are awesome pockets of a great size with room for all sorts of rubbish! It is also lined, but it’s possible to make it unlined. I made the slim-line version (view 2), lined with non-functional straps.
My fabric, I think, came from Stitchcraft in Richmond when I was over there for a work trip. It’s a tie dyed denim with cut-outs showing in red. The underside of the fabric is purple, a mix of the red and blue. I originally bought it intending to make a jacket, then lockdown made me think more laterally. The pattern suggests light-weight woven fabrics to line or anti-static linings, I ended up using a cotton voile which is a shot-purple colour leftover from another project. It matched the underside of the main fabric. I like the cotton since it breathes better, but a lining fabric would have been better since it currently clings to tights and I need to wear a half slip! Oh well, I’m definitely warm with all those layers!
The fit is really good. A lot of the time I need to lower bust darts, but these were in the perfect position. I wasn’t sure how the fit would be since this is one of the few JLH patterns without bust sizing. This is a size 18 based on my full bust measurement and it may be a wee bit big from these photos, but it doesn’t feel big and it’s great to wear. Initially I added 4” to the length, I ended up removing 3 of those when I eventually hemmed it!
Instructions as always from Jen are really clear and easy to follow. I may have shifted things round slightly to save changing threads so much in my machine, but otherwise, I actually used them! I didn’t experience any issues. Attaching the yoke is a bit fiddly and then top stitching around this, but it gives a really nice finish.
I decided once I’d sewn it that I didn’t need to make the buttons functional, so I just stitched the buttons through both layers. Looking at them now, I’ve stitched them the wrong way around with the front sitting on top of the back straps. Oh well!
The front centre seam is stitched with a flat felled seam, all other seams I finished using my overlocker. I decided the denim might be too thick folded multiple times for the hem, so I decided to use hug snug to finish the hem.
Fabric: Denim with cutouts from Stitchcraft in Richmond. Purple cotton voile for lining from stash
Notions: Interfacing for the yoke, two large buttons from stash.
Pattern: Jennifer Lauren Handmade Ivy Pinafore, view 2, size 18
Changes made: Lengthened by 1″.