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The Tui Pinafore

(46 customer reviews)

$16.00 NZD

Childrens sizes 1-10 *PDF Digital Download*

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 that features straight or curved bodice and strap options, two pocket styles, an elastic back and the sweetest embroidery pattern and tutorial you ever did see.

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With this pattern you can use the 2 different bodice, strap and pocket options to create your own custom pinafore. Go straight for a classic style, or curved for a softer and modern looking dress.

Included in the pattern and tutorial are options for inseam pockets or patch pockets with an optional embroidery detail.

The instructions will guide you through a waist band with fully enclosed seams and an elasticated back. It will have a professional finish while being suitable for beginners and sewers of all experience levels.

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

  • Instant PDF download of pattern and full tutorial
  • Childrens sizes 1-10
  • Straight bodice
  • Curved bodice
  • Straight straps
  • Curved straps
  • Flat front and elastic back waist band
  • Fully lined bodice, straps and waist band
  • Enclosed waist band seams
  • Inseam pockets
  • Patch pockets
  • Embroidery guide and tutorial for floral pocket design
  • Full tutorial, photos and support to help you create this dress
  • Newly added A0 copy shop files
Sewing Level:

The Tui Pinafore has been designed with beginners in mind – Can you sew in a straight line and find the zig zag stitch on your machine? Then this is for you!

You’ll love the look of the clean seam lines, and the instructions for the pockets are detailed in each step along with photos. If pockets make you nervous, give them a go and enjoy your finished results!

The more advanced will appreciate the finishing touches, the enclosed waist band seams and the versatility of The Tui Pinafore.

Fabric Suggestions:

As the waist band is enclosed (and you don’t want it to be too bulky), look for light to medium weight fabrics that can be easily pressed to create nice edges.

For summer think: Cottons, voile, lawn, linen and linen blends, chambray and light denims (there are so many great denims available now!), and anything similar that catches your eye!

For winter think: Quilting or upholstery weight cottons, corduroy, velvet, drill, and anything similar that catches your eye!

Fit and Ease of Pinafore:

The Tui Pinafore has been created to sit on the waist with a flat waist band and with the elasticated back this is easy to fit the child. 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 as needed. More detailed size and finished measurement charts are included within the pattern.

Fabric and Fit Chart:

Additional fit and pattern tracing tables within tutorial

Additional Notions Required:
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Elastic 2-3.2cm in width. Length supplied in chart.
  • Safety Pin (for threading elastic)
What You Get When You Purchase:

This is a PDF digital download. When you purchase through PayPal you will be emailed the digital pattern and tutorial. Save these to your computer.

These downloads will also be available in the “My Account + Downloads” section of this website when you are logged in. This is where the most updated version of your purchases will be and you can access it 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 choose to print The Tui Pinafore pattern at home or at your local copy shop:

At home: The digital pattern is 19 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 may want to only print which pages you need for your different styles.

At copy shop: You can email The Tui Pinafore pattern to your local copy shop printer, or save it on a flash drive and take it to them to print. This has been formatted in an A0 size and has all of the pattern pieces for you to choose from.

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!

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

Because this is a digital product and can be saved to your computer, 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 is sewing pattern by Sophie Laughton-Mutu. It has been tested and tried by sewers and little people around New Zealand. Please leave a review, or pop over to our Facebook page to show us a photo of your Tui Pinafore!

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46 reviews for The Tui Pinafore

  1. Laura Hooton (verified owner)

    Along with great well thought out instructions, I really enjoyed sewing this up, from cutting to the finishing it was a quick and satisfying sew! This will be a favourite in my girls wardrobe and a great classic piece

  2. Amy Chiles (verified owner)

    A beautiful classic design with just enough challenge for an adventurous beginner sewer to enhance their sewing skills with the aid of detailed pictures and instructions. I love that all seams are neatly enclosed and the embroidery pattern is gorgeous!

  3. Sarah Smith (verified owner)

    My first time using interfacing! I have always steered clear from anything I don’t know, but this tutorial helped me step out and learn something new. End product is super cute!

  4. Alison Staniland (verified owner)

    As a beginner I found this pattern great due to its options to simplify- no curved straps or patch pocket, and as I gain confidence I will be able to revisit it. Great that it comes in a wide size range so it will grow with my girl. Lovely classic piece, very practical. Mostly I think I appreciated the Facebook Live tutorials as its easier to see things being done before attempting them and getting extra tips. I’ll definitely be making this again and again. Thanks so much!

  5. Casey Sutton (verified owner)

    A delightful project from start to finish. My first time sewing pockets and the instructions made it such a simple, fun milestone to reach. I cannot wait to start my next Below The Kowhai garment!

  6. Naomi Hilliam (verified owner)

    This is such a wonderful pattern, very easy to use with each step explained in great detail. I loved making this dress and am already looking forward to sewing up another version – it is such a fantastic classic pinnie, that looks amazing on!

  7. chloezeewoldt (verified owner)

    A really fun and satisfying sew, I can’t wait to make more with with different variations including the embroidered pocket. A classically styled garment that is neatly and professionally finished, yet quick and easy to sew up!

  8. liz

    Easy pattern to download and print. Great seam allowances included. Actually found it a little challenging but I think that is because I am used to using shop bought sewing patterns – Ive sewed for 40+ years so having the instructions presented in a different manner took a little bit longer for me to interperate them. Found the back opening a bit tricky when joining the skirt – didn’t help that I had a fabric that was light and frayed lots. BUT overall the little dress is now finished and hanging waiting for my two year old grand daughter to try on. Keen to try the little skirt pattern.

  9. liz.spencer (verified owner)

    This is a beautifully presented pattern with lots of photographs & detailed instructions. I made the pinafore in a corduroy fabric & I am looking forward to trying it in a lighter weight cotton or linen too. I like the fact that most of the seams are enclosed & will omit the side pockets & do french seams on the skirt sides next time. This was my first purchase from Below the Kowhai & I will definitely buy more. Thank you

  10. kmcostigan (verified owner)

    Love the Tui Pinafore!!! The clean finishes of this pattern are my favorite. No doubt, my most professional looking make to date. Can’t wait to purchase some of the other patterns to try them out.

  11. primabellecreations (verified owner)

    Absolutely gorgeous pattern. Well written. Easy to understand. The finished product is gorgeous and the customer service is top notch! My only critique wasn’t enough to lose stars but it would be nice to have a cutting chart for all the square pieces so I can save time and paper 🙂 but all in all I see many Tui Pinafores in my future

  12. nancy.sheridan (verified owner)

    An amazing pattern with very clear instructions and easy to follow for a beginner sewer like myself. A very tidy finish and a perfect way to make clothing for the little people you love in your life! A wonderful sense of satisfaction completing it and in a lovely timely manner! I am definitely hooked with Sophie’s patterns and can see many future projects on the horizon for years to come!

  13. annabella.horlor (verified owner)

    A really straightforward but gorgeous pattern with plenty of shape options and ideas for customisation. This is a true classic, that can be made out of a myriad of fabrics. I really love the inclusion of the embroidery pattern and tutorial, it’s such a lovely way to make something handmade even more special. The step by step photos also make new techniques super approachable! I’m going to be making this again and again for my girl as she grows.
    Thanks for the pattern Below the Kowhai! X

  14. jo1 (verified owner)

    love the construction of this!! Thanks Sophie

  15. liz.spencer (verified owner)

    This is a lovely pattern with very clear, easy to follow instructions & photographs to illustrate each step. I like that the Tui can have lots of different looks depending on the fabric choice & I really enjoyed making it – I’m sure it will be the first of many

  16. mareeslv (verified owner)

    I am “sew” pleased with this lovely pattern. Easy to follow. Various options and great tutorial. Never used interfacing before and now I am sold on its marvelous benefits. My dress turned out perfect. It looks and feels like a high end quality, professional garment. Don’t hesitate in getting this pattern and making your version of the perfect Pinafore dress. It’s a timeless look with endless possibilities. Thank you Sophie. 10/10

  17. alesha.92 (verified owner)

    Absolutely gorgeous pattern to work with. Well written, easy to understand and a wonderful finished product! Officially in love with The Tui Pinafore!

  18. k-gem (verified owner)

    This pattern is absolutely fantastic. Full of great colour photos, tips and is a delight to make. I cave completed several already and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a super satisfying and gorgeous girls pinafore. Will be purchasing more patterns in the future.

  19. lys.sip79 (verified owner)

    I am still very much a beginner and have been on the hunt for a pinafore for sooo long. The Tui is literally everything i was looking for! Very easy to follow instructions with pics that made it even easier. I have a very excited little girl who cant wait to put her ‘treasures’ in her pockets. Thank you Sophie! So glad i found you and your patterns!! Cant wait to make the Manuka skirt now!

  20. birdybubs (verified owner)

    An amazing an easy to follow pattern.

  21. samanthaclairegibbons (verified owner)

    Love this pattern, excellent instructions, fun to make and a gorgeous result. Have already purchased my next BTK pattern to use ?

  22. kriscollins (verified owner)

    I love this pattern! Instructions are spot on and the end result speaks for itself.

  23. shona.riddell (verified owner)

    This is a beautiful classic design, and a good ‘next step’ from the Mānuka (which I sewed as my first garment). The photos and steps make it very clear, and when I had 101-level questions the designer was available to help me figure things out! These patterns are helping me grow in confidence as a sewer, and try new things as well. Thank you – my 5yo and I are pleased 🙂

  24. anddan79 (verified owner)

    An absolutely beautiful pinafore and great pattern! I love the finished product. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. The end result is fantastic – I especially like the finish on the bodice and the pockets!

  25. bec.85 (verified owner)

    Another beautiful pattern! So timeless and a real joy to sew. I love how the pinafore sits when worn. The fit is beautiful. Love the different pocket options. Great easy to follow instruction and a nice step up from the Manuka skirt pattern.

  26. dirtymoll (verified owner)

    I’ve only sewn a couple garment before and loved the look of this pinny so thought I would dive in.
    It’s an easy to understand pattern with clear instructions. I used the size 2 and it was true to size.
    My pony turned out beautiful, so pleased

  27. trishwagstaff (verified owner)

    Amazing pattern to work on, clear instructions, a quick garment to complete.

  28. jkbuggie (verified owner)

    Lovely, classic little girls pinafore. Easy to follow instructions that result in appealing finishes. Sized well and sews up a dream in linen and the facings/linings lend themselves well to scrap busting all the pretty quilting cottons you have been hoarding 😉

  29. stacieshandmades (verified owner)

    I completely fell in love with this dress and just had to have a go at making it for my daughter. Despite being a complete beginner at sewing woven fabrics, I gave it a go and it was so much easier than I expected. The step by step tutorial is so easy to follow and every step is explained simply. I am so happy with the result and would recommend this pattern to sewers of all abilities. Thank you for an amazing pattern that allows me to make such a gorgeous item! X

  30. denise (verified owner)

    Fabulous pattern, good size range with clear and easy to follow instructions. A very versatile garment with several options and many others you could add to customize it. Thoroughly enjoyed stitching it, many more to come.

  31. anna.chapman6 (verified owner)

    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.

  32. solangeroulet5 (verified owner)

    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,

  33. thuy (verified owner)

    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.

  34. paulandsonia (verified owner)

    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.

  35. hltotman (verified owner)

    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!

  36. laurenparsons (verified owner)

    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

  37. lizzyj_m (verified owner)

    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.

  38. heather.kongstaylor (verified owner)

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

  39. kylie.rick (verified owner)

    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!

  40. kanga (verified owner)

    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.

  41. slascarides (verified owner)

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

  42. theresadonnelly25 (verified owner)

    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 !

  43. helenjamesnz (verified owner)

    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!

  44. vinceandjess1 (verified owner)

    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!

  45. ej_garnett (verified owner)

    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.

  46. pennyandlimebaby (verified owner)

    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!

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