When I received this faux-denim cotton lycra from EmyJean Fabrics, a jean pinafore was the first thing that came to mind. I couldn’t find a knit pattern that was exactly what I wanted, so I figured why not mash up patterns from my favorite company to get the look I desired? For this style I used pieces from the Be Smart Jumper and the Teacher’s Pet Romper. Read on to figure out just what I did.
For the Be Smart Jumper, I used the low skirt, low waistband, and low straps. I modified the waistband and the straps, but the pattern pieces are the starting point. For the front portion of the pinafore, I used the bodice from the Teacher’s Pet. Based on your personal taste, this piece may need to be modified, but the pattern piece is the best point to start from.
Here’s what we have:
The second modification I made was to measure across my daughter’s chest to ensure that the bib portion was as wide as as tall as I wanted it. In this case, I added 1” (1/2” on the fold) in width and 1.5” in height to the pattern piece to get the desired look. (In hindsight, I probably could have left it the height of the original pattern piece, though).
Once all of your pieces have been cut, we are ready to get started!
Fold your waistband and waistband liner right sides together, and sew each of them on the short end to form a tube. I am using the same fabric for all of my pieces, but you can choose whatever combo you want. Mark the front center of both, then sit aside to work on the bib.
rectangle to ensure that I’d have ample space to decide on my buttonhole placement after it was sewn and that it would adequately support them (or snap installation). Also, apply interfacing to what will be the front of your straps where you will sew on the buttons or install the other snap.
instructions from the Be Smart Jumper. At this point, button the buttons or snap the snaps and try the jumper on the recipient. We are going to place them following the instructions from the Be Smart Jumper, as well, but we need to know how much to trim away. For my daughter’s size, I cut off 5.5” from each strap. I waited until the end to do this, just to be certain I didn’t make the straps too short on accident.
So glad you sent this out – is just what I am looking for! Have a great granddaughter that I have just made Xmas dress for but wanted to add a ‘pinafore’ look (in white organdy so I can embroider multi-color snowflakes on to go with the dress). Also love the new top that you just sent out – will be purchasing sometime today! Thank you!