York Pinafore PDF

Helens Closet


Buy the York Pinafore sewing pattern from Helen’s Closet. The York Pinafore is a playful addition to your handmade wardrobe. It’s 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.

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. Drapier fabrics such as tencel twill, wool crepe, rayon crepe, or viscose poplin work well if you prefer a softer, less structured look.

Fabric requirements: 150 cm (57”) wide fabric: View A, 1.2 – 2 m (1.4 – 2.2 yards); View B, 1.1 – 1.7 m (1.3 – 1.9 yards) // 115 cm (45”) wide fabric: View A, 1.5 – 2.5 m (1.7 – 2.7 yards); View B, 1.4 – 2.2 m (1.6 – 2.5 yards).

Sizing: 0 – 30 (approx. UK 6 – 30). Please check the size chart.

Notions: Thread; 4 m/yards of 1/2” wide double fold bias tape.

This sewing pattern is available in PDF format. The PDF pattern will be available immediately for download after purchase.

PDF pattern includes: This pattern is designed to print on A4 (8.3” x 11.7”), letter (8.5” X 11”), or A0 (33.1” x 46.8”) sized paper. A comprehensive instruction booklet is included.

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Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Denim / Corduroy, Heavyweight Cotton / Twill / Gabardine, Linen

Make time

All day

Sewing level

Confident Beginner


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50, UK 24 / US 20 / EU 52, UK 26 / US 22 / EU 54, UK 28 / US 24 / EU 56, UK 30 / US 26 / EU 58

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PDF Printing

31 Pages

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    5 out of 5 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/

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    5 out of 5


    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

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    5 out of 5 90's feel


    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

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    5 out of 5 Quick garment to make, so 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/

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    • lindaaldridge1231

      Can I buy the york pinafore pattern in the uk paper pattern please ??

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    5 out of 5 Just perfect


    Excellent pattern, well drafted, very quick and simple to make. Looks really stylish and the pockets are just AWESOME.

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  6. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful

    5 out of 5 A seasonal pinafore!


    Excellent pattern, can make in a day. I made single folded binding I attached on right side then topstitiched in place on this version.

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