#sewthelove pinafore dress and pear print top.

I wrote this pinafore dress project for Sew Now magazine a few months ago. I made myself a dark blue denim version which has been truly well worn ever since. This top and dress fabric combo just kind of fell together.  I fancied making another pinafore dress in a different colour as I had worn the first one so much. I had to make something in this juicy pear print jersey by Elvelyckan Design, because I just love it.

Generally I’m not a pink person but recently I’ve found more pink things finding there way into my wardrobe. I quite like off beat pinks like this slightly grey sugar almond pink in beautiful organic denim by Cloud 9. It’s part of a range of soft pastel colour denims that look good enough to eat stacked together on the shelf.

I added top-stitch detail to the pockets and all the edges in a khaki green colour which I think works quite well and gives it a slight utility feel.

This dungaree type dress style has become really popular over the past couple of seasons. For me it’s a perfect dress for my various creative job roles, its easy to wear, super practical because it has useful pockets as well as being very comfy and nonrestrictive to wear. You can layer up with short or long sleeve tops depending on the weather and as an added bonus is it’s a very swift make with not much fitting required.

The top style is one that has featured a fair few times in my handmade wardrobe blog posts.  My self drafted and recently perfected cotton/elastane t-shirt pattern. A simple style that is one of my wardrobe stables. The thing I love about this is not being restricted to shop bought t-shirts in a range of seasonal (not necessarily ones I want) plain colours. There are some stunning prints on great quality cotton/elastane jersey from pretty florals to crazy fruits. My wardrobe t-shirt shelf has never looked so lively!

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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. Claire on October 6, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Where can I get the pattern for this?

    • Julia Claridge on October 7, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Hi Claire the pinafore pattern is one I wrote for Sew Now magazine, you can buy back issues. Its best to email them to check which issue it was in, it was published Dec/Jan. They will also let you know how you can buy back issues.

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