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The Tui Pinafore

Rated 4.95 out of 5 based on 19 customer ratings
(19 customer reviews)

$14.00 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 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.

Description

The Tui Pinafore 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! If you’ve never embroidered before, give this tutorial a go – you might surprise yourself, and create a fabulous hand-crafted garment at the same time.

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.

Features:
  • 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 nice flat waist band, and with the elasticated back this is easy to fit the child. You’ll find your Tui will 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!

Returns and Privacy Policy

19 reviews for The Tui Pinafore

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 4 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    jo1 (verified owner)

    love the construction of this!! Thanks Sophie

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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!

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