And so, I sewed a Pippi Pinafore and I was so delighted I sewed a second one!
I have had a love for pinafore dresses and overalls for ages. Considering my, ahem, age and my, ahem, shape, I have almost always avoided sewing them for fear of what might happen.
I sewed the Pauline Alice Turia dungarees and kept swooning over every new pattern that came to life.
The Pippi Pinafore was no different, I swooned and immediately sent a pm to a friend asking her to chide me if I was ever to sew it.
A few weeks later when Jennifer Lauren asked for reviewers on IG, I forgot all caution and here we are, I sewed the Pippi Pinafore and couldn’t be happier!!!!
I was offered the pattern in order to write this review but I will remain honest and independent in this article. However, give me a pinafore dress and I will be happy forever. I might not be that objective in the end.
I have to say I had been following every new release by Jennifer Lauren Handmade and even if I haven’t sewn it yet I already have the Mayberry dress and love most of her patterns…
On to the Pippi Pinafore : well, it is a really lovely pinafore dress.
I sewed :
- The first one in some kind of stiffer twill in red. Let’s call it a muslin.
- The second one in washed linen which is so soft it has been a dream to wear during the recent heatwave we have had here in France. #summer Let’s call the latter my new favourite summer dress, shall we? (well, together with the Charlie Caftan and the Malvarosa dress). Also, I am never going to iron this one because … linen and you know what? it is just the best decision ever, linen will crease no matter what and it used to drive me mad so I will just accept it and stop trying to tame what is not to be tamed.
How is the construction? And what about these instructions?
Printing and assembling the pdf : no problem as far as I am concerned.
Construction and instructions : perfect. Both Pippis were a pleasure to sew. And they were quick too, even if I know I am quite fast once I have started. Everything is clear, well-written and there are a lot of pictures to guide you through the sewing process. I think there is a real will to write thorough and helpful instructions. I probably would be able to sew most of the dress without them but I really appreciate this respect shown to customers.
I posted this picture on IG. The mention « glue side up » just makes me sooo happy because I was a beginner once and this would have helped. #respect I was especially happy with the button placket. I must admit I still don’t know what I did, I followed the instructions and tah dah… they align perfectly.
The notches (and you will find a lot of notches in this pattern) align smoothly. No problem anywhere.
We are not supposed to wear it like this but I had a little fun with the lining.
How did it go with the fit?
It was my first time sewing a Jennifer Lauren pattern and I followed the chart and decided to stay on the safe side (better too big than too small), however I don’t have smooth measurements : I had to grade between sizes. I hate any kind of adjustments and grading things and I have become very lazy with this lately.
I chose a size 18 bib with the D cup. You can choose your cup size and the pattern explains how to do so. Very few pattern designers offer this feature and once again I am so pleased this option does exist : no more FBAs!!!! I can’t imagine how much more work this requires when designing the pattern but as someone who very often asks for a greater size range from independent designers and get explained it cannot be easily done, I do appreciate this. The bib also has darts and this helps giving it a better shape. I graded to a size 24 towards the bottom to match the size 24 of the skirt.
I was a bit blunt on this one and so as I said : it’s too big.
On the second one, I sized down.
But I still have little wings on the bib side. It should probably be adjusted and sewn on me to get the perfect fit. I think there is such a big difference between the bib and the skirt sizes that it explains why I have not achieved the perfect fit yet. However nobody ran away screaming in fear when I wore it.
My next step is wearing the second Pippi a lot (and I DO mean A LOT) this summer.
As for this pinafore dress thing that bothered me (see the beginning), I just decided to ignore it and wear my dress because it is great and I love it.
Thank you so much, Jennifer, for giving me the opportunity to sew the Pippi Pinafore dress. 🙂
Keep calm and carry on.
PS : un grand merci à Bérangère pour les photos!!!