York Pinafore by Helen's Closet Patterns

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Colourful York Pinafore

I’ve said it before and I stand by it – the York Pinafore pattern is perfect for a bold print! I have seen so many fun versions over the years and I wanted to join the club. This York was such a joy to make. The perfect little palate cleanser and sew-jo revivor after an intense month!

The York Pinafore in a bold and colorful Ruby Star Society print.
The York is an easy pinafore pattern.

I used Ruby Star Cotton/Linen canvas for this York Pinafore. I am obsessed with this brushstrokes design by Rashida Coleman-Hale! The colours work so well together and the scale of the print is perfect. I really enjoy how the circles in the brushtrokes mirror the scoop in the pocket design!

A close up of York's scoop pocket design.
The York Pinafore features a modern cocoon shape and large pockets.

In order to make my York Pinafore work for me in the colder months, I paired it with my favourite waffle knit Elliot Sweater! This Elliot is a real wardrobe workhorse for me this time of year. I love how it pairs with York!

York Pinafore by Helen's Closet Patterns
This York is a combination of different views. Shorter length, lower neckline, and scoop pockets!

I made a combination of views for this York – the shorter length with the scoop pockets and the lower neckline. I also added a center back seam so that I could have a place to show off the cool selvage detail on this fabric!

York Pinafore with center back seam.

I cut the front of the pattern on the fold and lined the back up with the selvage, adding a seam allowance for the center back seam. I then pressed this seam open, turned under the edge of the seam allowance and topstitched! I think it looks so cool – and I like that it holds more information about this garment, like where the fabric is from and who designed it!

I added a center back seam down this York Pinafore to show off the selvage edge of this Ruby Star Society fabric.
Ruby Star Society 2019 collection selvage edge
York Pinafore by Helen's Closet Patterns

I hope you like this new York and give this easy pinafore pattern a try soon – it is a lot of fun to sew and to wear.

About the author


Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

4 Comments on “Colourful York Pinafore”

  1. I saw on Instagram the post about how to make perfect curves on the York Pinafore. I’m not able to find the link to “Stories” that you said would have the tips. Could you please let me know where to find them. Thankyou

    1. Hi Lynne, on our Instagram profile there is a highlight folder called “Sewing Tutorials 2” — that’s where you’ll find the tutorial about how to press curves. I hope that helps!

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