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In the red: A Pinterest pinafore hack

January 2, 2018
Red cord pinafore dress And She Made

I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas, happy new year and festive period in general. I really got into the twixmas period myself and am now finding it a real struggle not to stuff myself with chocolates and get back into the work mode.

I knew I’d have some time over the festive period to make a couple of wintery dresses and I definitely achieved what I’d set out to do (bar one floral fabric I haven’t yet used). This first one was a complete hack. My favourite kind of challenge sometimes is taking what I have and adapting it to fit my vision.

Here’s the original pin:


I must have looked at this image a million times, wanting to find the perfect rusty red corduroy fabric, thinking about the slight racer style of the shoulders and planning which pattern I’d use.

I bought my fabric on Ebay and it is brighter than the one used in the original pin but I’m happy with that. I’m sure if I’d have hunted around a bit more I’d have found exactly what I was looking for, but red isn’t a colour I wear a huge amount of and I wanted to play it safe instead of chancing it with my fabric colour prior to its arrival.

Of course, I just had to pair it with a Breton top:
Red cord pinafore dress And She Made


Red cord pinafore dress And She Made

In the end I used the skirt of a new pattern I’d bought to make another dress (New Look’s 6509 – more on that in a future blog post) and a New Look top pattern, the 6483. The version I chose had slimmer shoulders but, having made this one before, I knew it came up large, so I sized down. It fits well but the shoulders aren’t quite as slim as I’d have hoped. Still, it’s a minor niggle.

The skirt was also very long before I hemmed it and so I brought it up quite a bit. This way I can wear it to work as a fairly smart dress and it isn’t too long in length so I can wear it in a casual way too.

In my last post I alluded to the fact that I had four makes to complete this festive season, so there’s more on the way, though I’ve just about made three of them. The fourth is more of a summer make anyway, so that one will have to wait.

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  • Reply Winter florals - And she madeAnd she made January 6, 2018 at 11:40 am

    […] I made this dress, the second of my festive makes I’m posting about, first of all. I bought the pattern during a Minerva Crafts half price sale. It’s the New Look 6509 (the same skirt pattern I used in the red corduroy pinafore). […]

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