My new favourite

A review of Bobbi Skirt and Pinafore


Reviewed by aloadofbobbins on 5th March, 2020

An absolute knock out pattern from Tilly! She really hit it out of the ball park. Designed to be a “grown-up” version o f the classic Cleo pinafore, the Bobbi is perfection. I cannot stop raving about it!

As a curvy girl, I was absolutely thrilled that the pattern is available the extended size range. I made the size 8 at the waist (and bib) and graded to a 9 on the hips and it fits beautifully. A real revelation! The shaping of the skirt comes from princess seams which works really well. The fabric I used it sort of velveteen which has a little stretch for extra comfort.

As expected from TATB patterns, the instructions are wonderfully clear. Whilst I made my first version as a pinafore (and it came together in a couple of evenings), it is even quicker to make just the skirt. And with the multiple pocket options, it is really a pattern that you will make over and over again – I know that I will! In fact, I already have 😉

Couple of tips – make sure that your buttons have a long shank otherwise you may struggle to close it and keep it secure, especially when using thicker fabrics. I recommend using jeans buttons like I have.

Secondly, I found the skirt a little short. This is probably because I have a bigger bum to cover! Its not like I’m flashing, and worn with tights its fine, but just something to bear in mind 🙂

In short, you really can’t go wrong with this. Even if you don’t like the pinafore version, it is a really great skirt pattern by itself. I guarantee that it will fast become your wardrobe staple.