Dresses | Jumpsuits / Pantdresses | Pattern Drafting

‘Frankenstein’ Tarten pinafore dress

April 5, 2014

Hi Everyone!

I’m back with a pinafore dress I’ve made using various patterns and ideas.  I’m quite pleased with it and hope you like it too?

Apologies for the back photo first – I’m having problems getting photos into the right place on here?

Anyway… I used 5 different pattern pieces from 5 different patterns to make this dress.  The back bodice is from a 1960’s pinafore/jumper dress I loaded onto here recently.  The front bodice top piece is from a purple 1960’s dress I posted too.  The midriff section is from a 1950’s dress that I drafted the pattern from.  The front skirt is from a pencil skirt I drafted and the back skirt is a half circle pattern I just chalked onto the fabric and cut out.

I wanted to play with the check pattern on the fabric and see how it turned out.


I added self made black piping to bring attention to the waist and midriff part.  There is an invisible zip on the side and I fully lined this dress.

Some of you may recognise me and this fabric from a circle skirt I posted recently.  In the shop I asked for 2 metres hoping there was enough on the roll.  As it happened there was about 2 and a half metres on the roll and the shop gave me the extra half metre for free as it was the end.  Happy days!  That is how I managed to get a dress and a skirt out of the same length 🙂









  1. Oh, it is wonderful! The fabric looks to be very high quality, and I am in imagining the hand, the drape. The color is gorgeous on you, and brings out your blue eyes and complements your lovely rosy fair complexion. The banded midriff makes the most of your trim figure (jealous!), and the piping elevates the whole garment. Sorry if I’m gushing, but this is a truly beautiful garment. Well done!

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