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The Tui Pinafore

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)


Childrens sizes 1-10

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

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


The Tui Pinafore is a classic pinafore that will take you right back to your own childhood. Can you smell the fresh lawns already?

This dress has 2 different options for the bodice, straps and pockets. You can mix and match to create your own custom look! Go straight for a classic style, or curved for a more softer and modern looking dress.

Included in the pattern and tutorial are options for inseam pockets or patch pockets with the sweetest floral embroidery pattern and tutorial that will give you heart eyes!

The instructions will guide you through 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!


  • 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

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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6 reviews for The Tui Pinafore

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    (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. Rated 5 out of 5

    (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. Rated 5 out of 5

    (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. Rated 5 out of 5

    (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. Rated 5 out of 5

    (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. Rated 5 out of 5

    (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!

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