Projects – Ladies easy pull on button shoulder pinafore dress.

This is a project I created several years ago in response to being asked for an adult version of the Little girls Rosie dress pattern. I had partly forgotten about it until I rediscovered a version I made for myself.  I have the pattern drafted in sizes 8 – 16 which is available to use at any of my sewing sessions.

Like the Rosie dress it can be made single sided or reversible. For this version I used the reversible pattern substituting the reverse fabric for lining, this works really well if like me you prefer dresses lined. I made this dress in heavyweight charcoal linen, it would also work nicely in cotton, cotton blends, needlecord and medium and lighter weight denims.

This is a great project if you are just starting out with making your own clothes. There is no tricky fitting with this style, there are bust darts which provides useful practice as you are bound to come across darts before to long when making clothes.


Based on a finished dress length of 98cm from shoulder to hem.

Single sided:

Fabric width 1.12m/44″ – 2.20m all sizes

Fabric width 1.50m/60″ – 1.60m all sizes

2 x 30mm buttons


Fabric width 1.12m/44″ – 2.20m all sizes x 2 fabrics (one fabric can be lining)

Fabric width 1.50m/60″ – 1.20m all sizes x 2 fabrics (one fabric can be lining)

4 x 30mm buttons

If you have a one way print or need to do pattern matching you may need a bit more fabric.

I love dresses like this for everyday wear, its perfect to move about in as well as super comfy. I like to have pockets in everyday clothing, they are so useful especially when teaching or generally being a mum. For me I love supersized big deep pockets like these. However they are optional, the dress can be made with or without pockets.

You might even like to draft your own pockets for it. This could be part of your class and making process. There are other pocket styles you could have such as in-seam hidden pockets or patch pockets applied away from the seam. Pockets can be all shapes and sizes and a fun thing to draft.

The dress is just like the girls version, it has no zip or tricky fastenings, it pulls on over your head and fastens with nice big buttons at the shoulder.

I finished this one with a deep machine hem. As part of the class we can look at alternate ways to finish hems based on the type of fabric and the look you want.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...


  1. Ann Andrews on May 27, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    I love this but I’m not close enough to you to come to classes. Are you planning to release it as a pattern at all?

    • Julia Claridge on May 27, 2018 at 2:07 pm

      Thank you Ann, yes I might look at publishing it as a pattern if there is interest.

      • Ann Andrews on May 27, 2018 at 7:42 pm

        That would be great, I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

        • Julia Claridge on May 28, 2018 at 12:09 pm

          Thanks Ann, it is useful to know and definitely helpful in deciding which patterns to publish. Planning the first four ladies patterns for later this year.

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