Annabelle is a vintage style pinafore designed with a slim fit and to be worn over a blouse . The back elastic
provide 8~10cm of ease. The criss-cross back with double skinny straps woven and tied into two bows
makes it a truly special and adorable piece that stands out.
The length of the pinafore can be easily changed by simply adding or removing certain length from the bottom hems as desired. The pattern is available here in 9 sizes from Y2-10.
All seam allowances are 1cm (⅜”) unless otherwise stated.
1. Create back straps and loops
Follow the following steps (a-d) to create 4 back straps and steps (b-d) to create 2 back bodice loops:
a. Take one piece, fold one short raw edge over 0.5cm with the wrong sides touching, and iron flat（this step is not required for back bodice loops）
b. Fold the strap in half with the wrong sides touching and iron flat.
c. Open the strap back up and fold in both long raw side edges to meet in the middle with the wrong sides touching, and iron flat.
d. Fold the strap in half again, iron flat. Topstitch around the open sides with 0.1cm seam allowance.
2. Create bodice
a. Lay the bodice front (A) main with the right side facing up. Pin the raw ends of two back straps to one shoulder as shown in the picture. Each of the straps should be placed 1cm away from the raw side edges of the shoulders. Baste (0.8cm seam allowance) to attach the straps to the shoulders. Repeat with the other shoulder.
b. Slightly overlap the straps in the center creating an X – this will keep the straps from getting caught when sewing. Place the bodice front lining on top of the bodice front main with the right sides touching and the raw edges lining up. Pin and sew a continuous stitch starting at one armhole and ending at the opposite armhole as shown in the picture.
c. Trim off half of the seam allowance. Clip the corners and cut small triangle notches into the cruved edges. Turn the bodice right side out and iron flat.
d. Open up the bodice front main and the lining. Fold the back bodice loops in half with short raw edges lining up. Pin the raw edges of the loops to the bodice front main – the top of the loops should be aligned with the armhole seam. Baste stitch (0.8cm seam allowance) to secure the loops.
e. Keep the bodice front main and lining separated, place the back bodice (B) over the front bodice (A) main and lining with the right sides touching. Pin and sew along the side seams. Iron the seam allowances towards the front bodice with the loop flipped towards the back bodice.
f. Fold down the raw edge of the bodice front lining and the bodice back by 1cm with the wrong sides touching and iron flat.
3. Create skirt
a. Place the two skirt pieces together with the right sides touching and the raw edges lining up, pin
and sew both short side seams. For a professional look, finish the seams with an overlocker or a
zigzag stitch. Iron the seams flat.
b. Hem the bottom raw edge of the skirt. To hem, fold the edge 1cm up and iron. Fold up again another 1cm and iron. Sew with 0.1cm allowance from the edge to secure the hem.
c. Sew one or two rows of gathering stitches along the top raw edge of the skirt. Gather the skirt to the same width around as the bodice.
d. Place the skirt over the bodice with the right sides touching and raw edges lining up, making sure the lining is separated from the main and only the main is attached to the skirt. Pin and sew around. Finish the seam with an overlocker. Pull the lining up out of the skirt and iron the seam allowance up towards the bodice.
e. Flip the bodice front lining down. Fold the back bodice down in half and iron flat. Make sure the loops are facing the back bodice. Make sure the folded edge of the front and back bodice lining covers the exposed seam on the inside of the pinafore. Pin to secure. Leave two openings of 4～5cm around the side seams.
Flip the pinafore right side out. Sew on the right side of the fabric 0.1~0.2cm above the seam, leaving the gaps open.
f. Attach one end of the elastic to a safety pin or bodkin. Insert the safery pin or bodkin into one side of the back casing, guide it through to the other side, remove the safety pin or bodkin, tuck 1cm on each end of the elastic into the front bodice past the side seam, and secure with a pin. Stitch down the waist side seams to secure the elastic at each side. Turn the pinafore right side out and sew across both openings on the front bodice to close.
4. Tie the straps
a. As shown in the pictures，place only the right strap from the left shoulder in the back bodice loop on the right side of the bodice. Leave the left strap out and tie in a bow with the right strap.
b. As shown in the picture，take the left strap from the right shoulder and weave it under and over the right and left strap from the left shoulder. Slide the left strap into the loop.
c. Weave the right strap from the right shoulder over and under the right and left strap from the left shoulder, leave it out of the loop and tie in a bow with the left strap.
Congratulations! You have now created the Annabelle pinafore!