How to Draft a Pinafore Dress with a Circle Skirt Pattern

My wonderful sewers!

Patternmaking is such a unique skill to possess since you basically have the freedom to create ANYTHING you want. Getting started can be a little tricky and that’s why I’ve created this tutorial for those of you who are just at the beginning of your pattern drafting expedition. Of course, you don’t have to be a beginner to have a go at making this cute little dress.

The instructions are simple enough to follow although to avoid the tutorial being 100 minutes long, I’ve had to go through it quite quickly. I’ve tried to explain things as best as I can in as little time as possible. I would advise going back and re-watching the bits you don’t understand but IF THERE’S ANYTHING YOU MISSED, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

PLEASE NOTE: I forgot to add this but if you’re adding a side placket then you will need to extend the length of your waistband to cover this part too!

As always, I’d love to see your creations and so you’re more than welcome to share them with me!

I also briefly wrote about my experience making this dress, here, and included some lovely pictures to show off the dress in all it’s greenness.

Enjoy! And feel free to comment, share, like and SUBSCRIBE!

Pattern Drafting for Beginners – Pinafore Dress with Circle Skirt

 Cutting instructions:

  • Cut two of the front and back pieces
  • Cut four of the waistband (two for each side of the waist)
  • Cut four of the strap pieces (two for each strap)
  • Cut one waistband interfacing

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6 Comments

  1. Wow, incredible blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you made blogging look easy. The overall look of
    your website is excellent, let alone the content!

  2. I found your tutorial through Textillia! I am smitten with your pinafore. I haven’t drafted before, and I’m nervous to try this, even with a full tutorial. But the shape & cut of your pinafore is miles ahead of all the other pinafore & dungarees sewing patterns I’ve seen!

    Anyway, I hope to try this soon! Thank you for putting so much time into this.

    • No Need to be nervous, trust me! It’s one of the neatest garments I’ve ever put together, just because of how straightforward it is. It’s only basic shapes, there’s nothing weird going on so you’ll be fine! Let me know how it goes!!

  3. Love the dress and the blog! Out of curiosity, what kind of material did you use?

    • Thanks Eva! This fabric isn’t too dissimilar to suiting fabric. I can’t remember exactly what it is, but I did buy it to make work trousers (which obviously didn’t happen 😛 ) so I’d say suiting fabric. It’s purely woven, there’s absolutely no stretch to it. I hope that helps

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