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Introducing the York Pinafore!

I am thrilled to introduce the latest pattern in my collection, the York Pinafore! This pattern has been a breath of fresh air in my wardrobe and I hope it will be a fun and inspiring sew for you, too. The York Pinafore is a modern take on a classic design with lovely scooped sides and a beautiful cocoon shape. Two options are provided for the neckline, length, and pockets, so you can easily mix and match features to create your own look! Wear the York Pinafore in warmer weather over tank tops and tees, or layer it over leggings and turtlenecks for the cooler months. This truly is a unique piece that will quickly become a favourite due to its comfortable wearability and style.


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York Pinafore

The York Pinafore was designed with beginner sewists in mind. Who wants to sew another pillowcase? Not me! Step into the world of garment sewing with this fun and easy make. You will learn all the steps involved in a bias facing finish, and get practice topstitching with those pockets. Create a special garment for your handmade wardrobe that will help you on your sewing journey!

York Pinafore

York Pinafore

I love a pattern that doesn’t require too much fabric, and the York Pinafore has that covered. You will only need between 1-2 meters/yards depending on your size! Recommended fabrics include cotton, linen, denim, corduroy, canvas, and wool. Lighter weight fabrics also work for a softer, less structured look. This pattern is versatile in its wearability and its materials! You can view the size chart and fabric requirements here.

York Pinafore

The York Pinafore is finished using bias facing. I walk you through how to make the bias tape if you don’t have any on hand, and how to get a bias facing perfect finish. This is a fun place to play with contrasting fabrics and colors to show off your beautiful insides! You can also opt to highlight the topstitching on your York Pinafore with contrasting thread! Try a topstitching thread on a denim version for a classic look.

York Pinafore

York Pinafore

I hope you are excited about York as I am! Let me know if you have any questions about this new pattern.


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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.

18 Comments on “Introducing the York Pinafore!”

  1. Already bought this fantastic pattern. You hit it out of the park with this one. Just when you think there can be nothing new with all the pinafore patterns out there you do it! You go girl!

  2. It’s like you read my mind! I was actually browsing for pinafore pattern, I love pinafore dresses and it’s layering feature! Can’t wait to start working on this. Congrats, Helen, it’s another winner methinks <3 XX

  3. how have I not known about you until now? Just found you on bloglovin and I can’t wait to make my pinafore! clothing is not my forte but fingers crossed, I will be able to do this. If I can, I see many many more in my future! thank you for this wonderful look! – Barbara Esposito, @thequiltedb

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  5. So excited for the York Pinafore! I’m trying to get out of my knit “comfort zone” and dive in to more woven patterns. Can’t wait to give it a go!

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  7. This is such a great pattern! The pinafore turned out so cute and my sister loves it. Helen you are becoming known for the quality of your patterns. Simple in design and very flattering. More please!

  8. any tips for how to keep the binding from flipping outward along the neckline? I pre-washed all fabric, stay stitched, used a walking foot and the bias tape still wants to lay out…I press press press and no luck. I’ve made two, one with double gauze and one in linen. thanks!!! it’s still super cute. For my third I will try stay tape…

    1. Hi Brittany! This is a common issue with bias facings, especially around big curves like the York neck! We suggest that you try giving your binding more slack (letting it be looser) as you turn that corner. It needs the extra looseness in the bias to turn over to the inside of the garment. Tjhis should help with the flipping outward!

  9. i have only recently bought the york pinafore pattern. Oh my gosh. i have made 4 of them. I absolutely love this pattern. i have had so many comments on it.
    Thank you so much.

  10. Love this pinafore dress pattern, I made 5 in just over a week 3 for myself and 2 for my friend. So easy to make. I made the shorter version first to wear with leggings during the winter then knee length for the summer. Takes just a metre of 145cm, I made them in corduroy and denim.

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