The Ivy Pinafore Tutorial Series...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Howdy folks!

Over the next few weeks I'm going to be taking you through a series of tutorials for The Ivy Pinafore. Ivy is a relatively straight forward make, so these tutorials will be focusing on what could be pressure points when making the dress, as well as some ideas on different construction techniques you could consider.

As always, if there is something specific I've not listed that you'd like to have included, please feel free to send me an email (jen at or leave me a comment on this blog post, I'd be more than happy to add them!

Tutorial Posts will include -
Talk soon,

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5 comments on "The Ivy Pinafore Tutorial Series..."
  1. Looking forward to this - I've not got much sewing experience at all but love trying new things and I have your pattern and some denim fabric (which I need to wash first!) waiting ready to go. It's not stretch denim but I'm thinking it will hopefully be fine for the slimline version of the pinafore - please correct me if I'm wrong. I've also got some lilac corduroy which could be another one if I get on well.

    I made your Gable top pattern on Tuesday and love it - did it in a black and white striped ponte roma and it's so comfy. Thank you :o)

    1. Hey Smiler! Apologies for the massive delay in replying to you!! I've been getting inundated with spam, and it's been a struggle to weed out the real comments :(

      Plain denim is perfect! It's not designed for stretch woven's and the denim slim Ivy I'm wearing in the samples is a plain denim :) I think you could do it in a stretch though, but I've not tried it personally.

      Lilac corduroy sounds like heaven! Please let me know when you make it, I can't wait to see it.

      And I'm so glad you like the Gable top - I've just sent the dress expansion pack off to testers, so hopefully people can get even more use out of the top.

      Thanks so much for your comment and happy sewing, can't wait to see what you come up with.


  2. This is such a helpful post for vintage bloggers.Thanks for sharing keep it up

  3. Hey Jen,

    Love your blog! I really love this pattern, but do you think it would be too hard to make out of this fabric:

    I am in LOVE!

    Thanks! :)

    1. Hello :)

      Apologies for the late reply, like Smiler above, your comment has been mixed up in spam, it's driving me nuts...

      Anyway - I've not personally made Ivy in a stretch fabric, though neoprene does have a good amount of structure, so I don't see a problem with it in terms of shape. I would be weary about making the slim version in it though as you could get quite a bit of bulk around the bust darts. Even cutting out the wedge, I think you'd still end up with some bulk. However, it really depends on what you're comfortable with, and there is no reason why you shouldn't experiment. It also depends on how heavy that particular fabric is, some are really heavy and some are much lighter.

      I think it would work with the full dress, because there are no darts, but you'd have to weigh up the bulk factor in the darts with the slim version.

      I hope that helps and let me know what you decide to do - that is some stunning fabric and I think a full Ivy Pinafore would look beautiful in it :)



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