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.
- 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
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.
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:
- 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.
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!