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Helen's Closet York Pinafore

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We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the printed A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day.

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Buy the York Pinafore sewing pattern from Helen's Closet. The York Pinafore is a playful addition to your handmade wardrobe. It is easy to layer over tank tops for summer or turtlenecks and leggings for colder weather. The York Pinafore is a modern take on a classic pinafore dress with a cocoon shape and two views. View A features large scoop pockets, a dipped neckline, and comes to the knee. View B is a shorter length with a high neckline and a kangaroo pocket.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following formats:

- PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). What is a PDF?

- PDF pattern + Printed A0 copy shop (We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you'll need to download the digital instructions, as we don't print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day). What is Copy Shop?

What we think: This is a classic with a twist. The cocoon shape is perfect for any other pear shapes out there, and the relaxed nature of the dress will make it easy to fit. It works well in summer over a T-shirt and would look great in corduroy over a polo neck in the winter.

Suggested fabrics: Medium to heavy weight woven fabrics such as cotton twill, denim, wool, linen, corduroy, and canvas. Crisp lightweight fabrics such as cotton and lightweight linen can also be used for a warm-weather pinafore. Use drapier fabrics such as tencel twill, wool crepe, rayon crepe, or viscose poplin if you prefer a softer, less structured look.

Fabric requirements:

View A (longer view): 57" (150 cm) wide fabric: 1.4 - 2.2 yd (1.2 - 2 m) // 45" (115 cm) wide fabric: 1.7 - 2.7 yd (1.5 - 2.5 m).

View B (shorter view): 57" (142 cm) wide fabric: 1.3 - 1.9 yd (1.1 - 1.7 m) // 45" (112 cm) wide fabric: 1.6 - 2.5 yd (1.4 - 2.2 m).

Sizing: 0 - 34 (approx. UK 6 - 34). Please check the size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: Thread; 4 yd/m of 1/2" (1.3 cm) wide double fold bias tape.

PDF pattern includes: Instructions; US letter/A4 print-at-home pattern (33 pages); A0 copy shop pattern (2 sheets).

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Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Mel Forrest
One York in my wardrobe is not enough!

I absolutely love a pinafore dress and the York is simple to make, fun to wear and really versatile. I think this is a great beginners pattern and as long as you are ok with bias binding, you'll have no problem whipping this up!

The fabric I used is a really unusual stretch suedette from Sew Me Sunshine. It's thick enough to give good stability to my pinafore, but has enough 'give' and drape to make it super comfortable - winning! The bold floral design is lovely and I had a lot of fun pattern matching my pockets.

Helen's Closet instructions are fantastic - each step is so well written and there are lots of tips and tricks along the way, so even a more experienced sewist will learn something new! There are lots of ideas for hacking the York pattern too - check out the Helen's Closet website for ideas and tutorials.

I made the size 'small' pinafore, which is the alternative to a size 8/10 in the newer edition of the pattern with updated sizing. I made the version with the higher neckline and regular pockets. I altered it slightly by removing 1.5" from the side seams at the waist, as I found it gaped too much on my first version. I also added a bias binding hem finish - I've never tried this before, but I love how neat it looks!

This is my second version of the York and I don't think it will be my last - I wear them so much and find them easy to style for all seasons. I'd love a York in a plain fabric and I'm on the look out for some nice bright corduroy.

The Perfect Pinafore

I think I’ve found my favourite pinafore pattern. This is my second version which is the button down hack that Helen has on her website. It’s such a quick and easy make. It hardly needs any fabric and I love the bias binding finish.

Helens advice on fitting is amazing and she explains exactly how it should be fitting each point. I graded from a M at the shoulders to a L at the waist and did the FBA lengthening at the top.

I also have my wearable toile version which is perfect so don’t like calling it that anymore!

For my about the adjustments I made and photos head over to my blog https://sewinthegardendotcodotuk.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/helens-closet-york-pinafore/

York Pinafore PDF review

I have had my eye on the York for absolutely ages but didn't get around to actually making it until last weekend. It was the perfect project to take to the Sewing Weekender with me: quick to make, small and very few pieces and basically no fitting necessary. Finishing the neckline and armholes with bias binding is what took the longest but I really enjoy the process.
My hips are a size 10 but I decided to go down to an 8 and that was perfect. The top half is a size 6 though, graded out at the bottom of the armholes/waist. The fit is really good.
Can I take a moment to appreciate the size of these pockets?! They're AMAZING! So so big and wonderful.
I made the short version, with a dipped neck and patch pockets but I want to make another with the crew neck and kangaroo pocket as well. Let's face it, I live in pinafores in the winter so there's no way that I won't be making another soon.
More pictures and details can be found here: https://patsypoomakes.blogspot.com/2019/09/york-pinafore.html

90's feel - York Pinafore

This reminds me of the pinafores I used to wear in the 90's.
I've made 2 with the different pockets but both had the high neckline and longer length.
This was my first time using a bias binding facing and now I'm obsessed I want to finish everything this way, it really makes the insides as pretty as the outsides.
I used a drapey faux suede. If I had used a more structured fabric I would've taken in the waist as I'd feel to exposed. Other than that I didn't have to make any adjustments just blending between sizes where needed

Quick to make, easy to wear - basically in love

I. love. this. pattern.

I sewed my first #yorkpinafore with some leftover lightweight cream denim, that I later dyed with RIT powder in Wine.
I was so pleased with how the first pinafore came out that I had to make another one for the holiday season, so I made another York Pinafore with a soft and cozy flannel from Joann Fabrics. See pics of the plaid on my blog!!

The pattern was pretty much perfect! I shortened the hem as it is intended for taller people. I only needed about 1.5 yards for the entire dress, and had plenty leftover. I chose the shorter view with a higher neckline, which is a combination of view A and view B. Other options include a crew neck versus a scoop neck, a midi versus a mini length, and a kangaroo versus two patch pockets.

With the patch pockets, I had a little trouble getting the perfect curve while ironing but I feel like I'll get better at that with practice. I also finished the entire pinafore with french seams for a more professional finish.

Overall impression: Great pattern for beginners and if you want to practice pattern matching due to the wide seams! Easy to wear, required almost no adjustments. Plus, pockets. Huge pockets. For a novice sewist, from start to finish would only take about 2 hours :)

Check out my blog post for more pictures! : https://danicadoesit.com/2018/12/02/york-pinafore-review-the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving/