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!
- 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
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.
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:
Pattern tracing table within tutorial
Additional Notions Required:
- Thread, scissors and pins
- Non-roll elastic, 25mm (1″) in width. Length supplied in chart. Click here for more info on Elastic Types.
- Safety pin or bodkin (for threading elastic)
What You Get When You Purchase:
This pattern is available as a PDF digital download or printed paper 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.
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.
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!