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Friday, January 10, 2014

Penny Pinafores


Well, now that the Penny Pinafore pattern from Kitschy Coo has been out for a couple of weeks, it's about time I got around to writing about my versions. The patterns comes in 3 lengths: tunic, mini-dress and dress and includes 3 sleeve-length options.

The navy and purple top (above) is my most recent iteration - it was also my last make of 2013! I shortened the tunic length a couple of inches to make it regular t-shirt length. 


The two versions below were made during the testing phases of the pattern, but they fit pretty darn well even then.


The bodice has slight negative ease, but flares out just a bit for a lightly fitted A-line shape to the hem. Mod-style! Alternate tracing lines are included for the tunic (shortest) length so you can make a more fitted and less A-line top.


I used the mini length for the green and black versions.


The bit of back pooling you see was much improved in the pattern-tweaking stage. See the nice back fit of the green dress below.




This green and white checked version turned out to have such a nice fit that I was sorely disappointed with the transparent nature of the fabric! It may become a nightgown. Shucks.




28 comments:

  1. Princess seams! Brava! Brava!

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    1. And in knit...a little more forgiving when it comes to fit.

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  2. Okay, I am going to have to minimize my mini LOL. I really like that length on you! This is such an awesome pattern. I hope I can do better with my pattern tweaking on the backside. You show how awesome of a range you can get with different fabrics. Love them all!

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    1. Haha, well I think either length is good depending on what you're looking for!

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  3. It's a great style on you Joy - really flattering fit. I like seeing it in the three different colour ways and with / without contrast. Is the green really too transparent? Could you wear a slip?

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    1. Thanks! And I hadn't thought of using a slip. That just might work.

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  4. i love how you combined the fabrics! then black and white dress is really cute. and the shirt version is great. i will have to go and check out that pattern!

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    1. Thanks! It was fun playing around with the fabrics. And you can't argue with something this easy to whip up!

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  5. This pattern is so very flattering and all of your versions look great! The black/stripe version reminds me of a Joseph Ribkoff dress I wanted to buy last year.

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  6. I love the black and white version. Great color- and pattern-blocking!

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  7. These are super cute and flattering on you. The striped mini is my favorite!

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  8. The black & white is my favorite. :) these are great, and that pattern is wonderful for colorblocking.

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    1. Thanks - I agree it has great colorblocking potential.

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  9. I love the mini length. Looks like a very useful pattern to have on hand!

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    1. Thanks - I think I like the mini length best, too. I'm sure this'll be a good basic to have on hand.

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  10. That's a great looking dress pattern! I really like it as a mini dress with boots :)

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  11. Those look GREAT ! I bought this pattern too.

    Sam

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    1. Thanks, Sam! I'm looking forward to seeing your version!

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  12. ooooh they look great on you! My fave is the green one, hopefully you have a slip that you can wear under it. If only I could wear princess seams :(

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    1. Thanks! I hadn't thought of it before, for some reason, but I do have a couple of slip options I will try with it.

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  13. I like all your versions of the PP! The striped one is definitely my favorite...very chic!

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    1. Thanks, Cindy. Of course the striped inspiration came directly from you!

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  14. These are all perfect on you. Your fabrics really make this pattern look amazing. I think I have to buy this pattern :)
    Thanks for your review.

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    1. Thanks, Maria! I've had fun with this pattern, and have been pleased with the nice fit after my standard shoulder alterations.

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