Welcome to the first post in the York Pinafore Hack series! I am so excited to show you some ways to modify this pattern and make it your own. If you are looking for some pattern inspiration, you can check out the hashtags #yorkpinafore and #youcanhackit on Instagram!
Today we are making my favorite simple hack for almost any pattern – adding a gathered skirt or peplum to a bodice!
Let’s get started!
First, we need to make a separate top piece to attach our gathered skirt to.
At this point, you can remove the line of gathering basting stitches that is visible.
That’s all there is to it! This hack is a great way to make more room in the hips and achieve a nice, summery look! You can add inseam pockets or patch pockets if you choose.
I hope you like this York Pinafore Hack! I have been wearing this striped linen version a ton since I completed it. It is perfect for throwing on over a simple tank and enjoying a hot day in the sun!
Love the hack Helen. It’s helpful knowing the percentage of additional fabric used to create your gathered version
OT…but I love your sandals. Did you buy them locally?
Love it!!! That fabric is perfect too. Thank you for sharing your hack with us.
You just made my day with this hack! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Super-cute! I love the stripes.
I think this is my favorite version yet! It’s so fun!
The york pinafore looks really cute with a gathered skirt
I love this new version.
Wondering if anyone has used this hack for a maternity dress. I want to cut the bodice higher up and have the gathers only in the centre front maybe that is actually an entirely different hack. Any thoughts?
I think that would totally work! You can put the gathers higher and only do them on the front of the pinafore.
Used this hack today and plan to use it a couple more times. I really enjoy this fit. Thanks for sharing this.
I love this hacks! I’m a really beginner in a sew practice, I have a question… if I want to add two pockets at this hacks do you think I can? Or it became too much hard or at worst too ugly?
I hope you can understand me, I’m a little bit sorry for my english… I don’t practice it since long ago…
Yes! You can go ahead and add two pockets to this hack. You can use the original York pockets or add square patch pockets if you prefer. They will look great!
Agh!!! Why is it I always manage to over fit even simple patterns . I think I need a FBA – HB 100, FB 110 – I cut 18. The shoulder sits forward by about 1″ – are the boobs pulling the shoulder area forward? It’ such a simple pattern!!!!! I love this version as it would suit my retired lifestyle in the hot, sultry climate of Cairns. Regards, Sandra
Hi Sandra, Thanks for sewing York! It sounds like and FBA might help here. There are instructions for how to do this on page 5 of the booklet. Happy sewing!
Agh!!! Why is it I always manage to over fit even simple patterns . I think I need a FBA – HB 100, FB 110 – will try your version. The shoulder sits forward by about 1″ – are the boobs pulling the shoulder area forward? It’ such a simple pattern!!!!! Regards, Sandra