Sew It: The Sydney Pinafore

One of my goals for this summer was to 'create beautiful things-- just for the fun of it'. In between the busy schedule of the school year, blogging three times a week, and keeping up with my Etsy shop/Market orders, I didn't have time to just make things.

Slowing things down has given me some creative time back. I have been scouring Pinterest for free sewing tutorials and patterns. Do you know how many free patterns and tutorials you can find online?! I have a Pinterest board with lots of sewing ideas and tutorials! Seriously, you can teach yourself to sew.

One of my favorite projects so far is the Sydney Pinafore (featured on Sew Mama Sew by Welcome to the Mouse House.) You can find the entire pattern and tutorial for the Sydney Pinafore here.

Here is the tutorial I used and an image of how the dress should look when finished. 

I printed out the pattern and then dug through my fabric stash. I used the size 12-24 months to create a pink-polka-dot pinafore for my niece's first birthday. She wore the dress to a little photo-shoot. I was so happy with how it turned out. I modified the pattern a bit and use knots instead of buttons for the front closure. This way it will be adjustable and just might last her longer. When she gets bigger, the dress could be worn with jeggings as a tunic. You could even put a long sleeve t-shirt under this pinafore and wear it into fall. 
Image courtesy of Watermelon Photography by Laura

Then I decided to use the pattern again, this time in size 4T for my Maisy. I had to make a few adjustments for the length and chest width, but it turned out beautifully. Because the back has elastic, I skipped the button part and just stitched the straps into place.

The back of this dress is my favorite part. So summery! 

I made a coordinating dress for Afton. No pattern, I just took some measurements and started sewing. 

I love summer sewing! 

Has summer given you a chance to be creative? Got any 'free sewing patterns' that you just love? Share them in the comments below! 

You can find more of my favorite sewing projects here on my "Sew It" Pinterest board. 

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  1. You're sew talented! (sorry...couldn't resist-LOL!) I love looking at sewing projects on blogs, but I can't sew at all. If I had girls, I think I would make an effort to learn, but I have all boys, and they're teenagers now, so I don't think they would appreciate anything I would make. Ha! It amazes me how you were able to create those beautiful dresses for your gorgeous girls! Great job! You really are very talented!

  2. Such adorable dresses! I have to learn how to sew before my daughter gets too old to let me make clothes for her. :-) I was so excited to find your blog. I'm a Texas girl myself (transplanted to Missouri) & have a DIY blog also. Looking forward to reading more!

  3. Hey!!! I am so excited that I just stumbled across this post. This is Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House. Do you mind if I share your photos of the darling Sydney Pinafores on my blog at some point for a pinafore round up?? They are precious!

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