York Pinafore Finish

I made another garment!! And it fits me... and it has pockets!!

I originally bought this tartan fabric as a quilt back, but when Helen's Closet launched their York Pinafore pattern back in May and I saw one of her testers' version in a plaid, I just had to make one.

The pattern is such a fun and easy make! I'm a really slow sewist and it took me about one day to put this one together (with the usual interruptions such as feeding the family and walking the dog). I did take the time to finish the garment with French seams so that took a little bit longer too.

The back doesn't fit perfectly (I've since read somewhere that I could piece the back with a seam down the middle and do a sway back adjustment to eliminate those folds on the back) but as one of my first garments, I'm really pleased with it overall. I did lengthen the front at the straps by about 1 inch as suggested in the pattern. I'm really happy I did that - my York is really comfy with plenty of room for the girls. But that was the only adjustment I made to the pattern.

And did I mention it has pockets!?

So this is officially my first Fall/Winter garment but definitely not my last. I am right now planning a few pieces to wear on the weekends - garments with a more relaxed fit that won't require a lot of fitting adjustments but enough of a challenge that my skills will improve. The instructions for the York are spot on and really detailed which is amazing for a beginner like me. I loved this pattern so much I went ahead and purchased Helen's Closet's Blackwood Cardigan and Avery Leggings patterns.

I will be linking at Anja Quilts for TGIFF!


  1. What a beautiful piece. You are so talented!

  2. Looks great! And pockets are the best!

  3. It's awesome and looks great on you. Thanks for linking up your finish with Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday.


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