• Tui Pinafore sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Tui Pinafore sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Tui Pinafore sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Tui Pinafore sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Tui Pinafore sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Tui Pinafore sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Tui Pinafore sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Tui Pinafore sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Tui Pinafore sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Tui Pinafore sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Tui Pinafore sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Tui Pinafore Line Drawing

Tui Pinafore

(35 customer reviews)

From $10.59 USD

Children’s sizes 1-10

A classically styled pinafore that will take you right back to your childhood.

With this pattern you will be able to create a well-fitting pinafore dress with pockets and elastic back waist band.

PDF Pattern
Digital file emailed and stored in your Below the Kōwhai account for future use. Includes files for pattern to print at home, A0 copy shop pattern and instructions.

Paper Pattern
Pattern printed on quality pattern tissue paper with full colour instruction booklet and pattern envelope. Flat rate shipping worldwide.

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Description

The Tui Pinafore takes it’s inspiration from the Tui bird, native to New Zealand. It’s a staple to our unique eco system, contributing to the regeneration of our native plants and forests.

Just like the Tui bird, this sewing pattern will be a staple in your wardrobe. Creating a nostalgic look that nods to a simplistic childhood, this pattern is everything Below the Kōwhai believes in.

This pattern includes a complete colour photo tutorial to guide you through the creation of pockets, enclosed waist band and straps. It will result in a professional finish while being suitable for beginners and sewists of all experience levels.

This dress is versatile, practical and cute! You will love your new Tui Pinafore!

Features:
  • Instant PDF download of pattern and full tutorial OR printed paper pattern
  • Children’s sizes 1-10
  • Flat front and elastic back waist band
  • Fully lined bodice, straps and waist band
  • Enclosed waist band seams
  • Inseam pockets
  • Pattern Tracing dimensions included for those who would rather trace their own pattern pieces out.
  • A1 copy shop version, or print at home
  • Exclusive video tutorial and other Tui Pinafore resources
  • Full tutorial, photos and support to help you create this dress
Sewing Level:

The Tui Pinafore has been designed with beginners in mind. The tutorial is detailed with full colour photos and includes an exclusive video tutorial for creating the enclosed waist band, along with other exclusive bonus tutorials for applying interfacing, creating ruffles on the straps etc.

Beginners will learn or practice new skills such as applying interfacing, lining pattern pieces, gathering and pocket making. If you have some previous experience in sewing and feel confident in giving these skills a go, you’ll enjoy this thorough tutorial which will walk you through the process step by step.

The more advanced sewist will appreciate the professional finish and versatility of this pattern.

Fabric Suggestions:

Look for light to medium weight fabrics that can be easily pressed to create nice edges. The waist band is enclosed, so avoid fabrics that will be too bulky to press.

For summer think: Cottons, voile, lawn, linen and linen blends, chambray and light denims, and anything of a similar weight.

For winter think: Quilting or upholstery weight cottons, corduroy, velvet, drill, and anything of a similar weight.

Fit and Ease of Pinafore:

The Tui Pinafore has been created to sit at the waist with a flat waist band and with the elasticated back. The elasticated back means there is a lot of room for growth and the straps could be re-positioned in the future to grow with the child.

When you are choosing what size to create, measure around the waist (the narrowest part of the torso). Use the waist measurement to determine what size your child is.

This pattern has been created using Standard American Measurements and might seem different to what you usually buy in stores. Therefore, use the size the chart says you are to fit the waist, and if required, lengthen or shorten the skirt and straps as needed.

Fabric and Fit Chart:

Tui Pinafore measurement chart
Pattern tracing table within tutorial

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What You Get When You Purchase:

This pattern is available as a PDF digital download or printed paper pattern.

PDF Pattern

Digital file emailed and stored in your Below the Kōwhai account for future use. Includes files for pattern to print at home, A1 copy shop pattern and instructions.

These downloads will also be available in the “My Account + Downloads” section of this website. This is where the most up to date version of your patterns will be and you can access them any time. In the future I may revise this pattern and slightly alter it. If you’re sewing in the future, check back for the latest version.

You can print the Tui Pinafore pattern at home.

The digital pattern is 12 pages long in black and white, and can be printed on A4 or US Letter paper on your home computer and then assembled for use. You can choose which sizes to print using the “layers” feature when viewing the PDF.

You will also receive a comprehensive tutorial with instructions, photos and tips to guide you in your sewing of this garment. Please view this tutorial on your device or computer to save the trees, or if you must print, print in colour.

Paper Pattern

Pattern printed on quality pattern tissue paper with full colour instruction booklet and pattern envelope. Flat rate shipping worldwide. Click here to view our shipping and delivery information.

What’s a PDF?

A digital document viewable in Mac Preview or Adobe Acrobat Reader. You will be able to save, view and print these documents on your computer or device.

Returns and Support

This is a digital product and can be saved to your computer, therefore I am not able to offer returns on any purchase unless at some fault of my own. So, please choose carefully and make sure you are purchasing the correct pattern!

In lieu of returns I offer comprehensive online support to those who are sewing! You can contact me on Facebook, Instagram and email, and you can expect a prompt reply! I will endeavour to help you in any way I can.

Get Sewing!

So, what are you waiting for? Create your own beautiful Tui Pinafore with this pattern and show off your creations!

This sewing pattern is by Sophie Laughton-Mutu. Sewists and children around the world have tested and tried this pattern. Please leave a review, or pop over to our Facebook page to show us a photo of your Tui Pinafore!

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35 reviews for Tui Pinafore

  1. PennyandLime

    I love love love this pattern! Thanks to the detailed instructions it comes together easily and fits perfectly! I’ve made a couple for my toddler who loves her dresses – with pockets of course!! Great pattern for summer or winter, can’t wait to make more!

  2. EJ Garnett

    I have made two Tui pinafores now. The first was my first sewing project that I did without the help of an expert, my mum! The instructions are really easy to follow and the pictures help a lot when doing steps that are new to you. I was really proud of the finished result of both dresses. They fit my girl beautifully and she gets many compliments when she wears them.

  3. VinceandJess1

    I loved sewing this pattern. I have made a size 2, size 4 and size 9 so far and they have all come out perfectly and a good fit. Love the style and the pattern is excellent with very good instructions. I will definitely be making more!

  4. Helen James

    Love love love! Super sweet and nostalgic and it is fun and simple to create. Definitely a wardrobe staple for my girl and perfect for layering in the winter. Deleted my other pinafore patterns and tutorials after I made this!

  5. Theresa Donnelly

    This pinafore is just to die for! I’d been searching for just this style, and couldn’t believe it when I came across the Tui – exactly what I was looking for! Excellent pattern with such good, easy to follow instructions. I shall be making this again…… and again !

  6. Slascarides

    Really sweet and simple pattern, straightforward with really easy instructions. Cute vintage style.

  7. Kanga

    So happy with my Tui Pinnifore . An interesting project and very versatile sew . Can’t wait to try one in a winter weight fabric. The Tui will be on my favourites list.

  8. Kylie.Rick

    I chose this pattern as my prize after winning Sophie’s birthday giveaway last year, pretty stoked I did! I finished the pinafore in one afternoon, all pockets included, and really enjoyed the whole process. I’ll definitely be making more!

  9. Heather Kongs Taylor

    Beautiful pattern. A classic design that comes together easily with a polished result.

  10. lizziej_m

    This is a fabulous pattern! The instructions are clear, and the finish is just beautiful. I love that the seams are enclosed – it gives such a professional result.

  11. Lauren Parsons

    I just finished making my first of many tui’s! I joined the sew-along for fun, and enjoyed the companionship of fellow sewists
    The directions were clear, The colored pictures in the instructions were a real bonus for me having been used to standard patterns. I plan on ordering more BTK patterns

  12. Hannah Totman

    I adore this pattern, the Tui Pinny is such a gorgeous classic dress and the pattern itself is so easy to follow. Step by step instructions are easy to understand and follow even for a complete beginner to sewing. I love how adaptable this pattern is too in terms of size adjustments and embellishment that can be added to so each dress can look so different. Great pattern!

  13. Paula and Sonia

    I love this pattern. It is so simple to sew and the options available mean you can style it to your own liking. This is such a timeless sew and I know I will make many more.

  14. Thuy

    This is the first pattern I’ve ever purchased and it was so easy to use! Directions were clear and pattern made so much sense. I loved how she showed you how to cut the pattern to make the most out of your fabric.

  15. Solange

    I LOVE this pattern. I’m an everage sewer, and need reminding of techniques I don’t use often. The tutorial is fantastic, and I think a beginner could do this. I love the bodice/ pocket and strap options, as it gives you creative licence to add your own flair. Can’t wait to make the Manuka skirt next,

  16. Anna Chapman

    Love this pattern, as a newbie to seeing children’s clothes this was easy to follow and I was able to create an adorable dress for my babies first birthday gift. Someone always comments on it whenever she wears it and I really enjoyed sewing it.

  17. natalie.lambourne

    I love sewing the Tui Pinafore (have made 4 now I think!) For beginners, it’s perfect – the step by step instructions with photos make it so easy to follow and learn techniques like inserting elastic into a waistband. Also love that most seams end up enclosed, very neat and tidy 🙂 And for both beginners and the more experienced, the finished pinafore dress is just so lovely! It’s been a great dress for summer and we’ve had lots of use out of the corduory version I made layered for cooler months.

  18. louiseclearwater

    I love this pattern so much! The tutorial is super comprehensive and detailed, perfect for a beginner sewer, and above. The tui has become my go-to pattern for my daughters, as the finished result is beautiful and perfect for layering.

  19. hannahevans5

    The Tui pinafore was my first ever BTK pattern and I was not disappointed! I’ve made a good few since then, and just love the pattern! It’s perfect for our Canadian seasons, wearing tights and a long sleeve underneath, and I just love the classic pinafore look. The pockets are GREAT!! My nature loving girls always have a place for their little treasures! Another amazing Below the Kowhai pattern, with excellent images and tutorial, and wonderful instructions. Thanks Sophie!

  20. Eleanor Ross

    Absolutely love the Tui Pinafore. First time using a btk pattern. I found the tutorial very easy to follow and the pictures very helpful as a beginner sewer. Highly recommend!

  21. Iemke Moore

    Love love love this pattern! Soo cute! The tutorial is well written and easy to follow!

  22. misty_a_s

    My absolute favourite pinafore pattern in my collection. Clear and well explained directions that allow for all levels of sewist, enclosed seams and topstitching results in a professional looking garment that is perfect for layering or as a stand alone.

  23. Lou Reeves (verified owner)

    I bought the pattern and made it all in one day. I chose difficult fabrics to sew it in but still managed to get a great result I am really happy with. The video is a great addition and helped when I had attached the skirt to the waistband wrong so I was greatful for that. My daughter is stoked and excited for cooler weather to wear it. 😄

  24. Diana Newman

    I purchased the pattern and made it in my weekly sewing classes. Actually I made 3 matching pinafores for my grandchildren. I found the pattern Relatively easy to follow. My finished products looked so good i was asked to make some for money!!

  25. Marieke Brugman (verified owner)

    I love the pattern and we have received so many compliments for my daughters cute Tui pinafore! The pattern is easy to follow, instructions are very clear.

  26. Josie Durney

    A beautiful easy to follow pattern! Beautiful tidy finishing ❤️ The perfect, classic addition to any wardrobe!

  27. Angeline Topia (verified owner)

    Beautiful pattern, step by step instructions were clear and easy to follow. I did benefit from watching the tutorials, it meant I could do ‘less thinking’ about it and more ‘sewing’. Finish on garment is seamless, Professional looking. I absolutely love this pattern and will be purchasing more BTK patterns to make. I’m actually into the Kauri dress now, have made the cat friends bag, and kea is in the pipeline. Suitable for beginners, also loved the prompt reply when I had trouble along the way. Job very well done to the BTK team.

  28. Melissa Kelly (verified owner)

    Quick, easy, doesn’t require an overlocker, and doesn’t need all that much fabric!

  29. Maree Beveridge (verified owner)

    I have just finished making my first Tui pinafore for my little granddaughter. I really enjoyed working on it and loved having the tutorials for back up. it was great to be able to send a message and receive a prompt reply for a little guidance. I also enjoy seeing others post their lovely finished products.
    Just bought some more fabric and looking forward to starting the next one. Glad my daughter sent me the link to get me started !!

  30. Sarah Owen (verified owner)

    A really lovely design. Really quick and straightforward to sew thanks to the really clear, well written instructions. I can’t wait to make more versions from the hacks in the Below the Kowhai blog as well as some more of the other patterns.

  31. rachelslimmon

    An absolute BTK favourite. An excellent tutorial that provides such professional finishes. I love all the enclosed seams. I especially love the Tui layed for winter but gorgeous all year.

  32. Ali Radford (verified owner)

    This was the first BKT pattern I made and I Love it !! Such a beautiful fit, easy to sew, great instructions.
    Will certainly be making this again

  33. Kathryn Mardell (verified owner)

    My first time using a sewing pattern and I was so proud of the results!
    Clear, easy to follow instructions and I was really happy with the result.
    I would recommend making sure you use a material that can press well if you are a beginner, I think this is an important part of getting a beautiful finish with this dress.

  34. Kinga Aslanidis-Fabian (verified owner)

    I chose this for my 1st ever dress as a beginner. easy instructions to follow for beginners as well. Love it and will make more from different fabrics.

  35. Caitlin Clark (verified owner)

    The Tui Pinafore was my first BTK make and also the first piece of clothing I have made without needing help from mum! Super easy to follow instructions with step by step pictures as well as a professional looking finish. And my daughter loves loves loves it!

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