York Pinafore

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York Pinafore Tester Roundup

Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm for the York Pinafore! I am so excited to see Yorks already being made and I can’t wait to see more. I had an awesome group of testers for this pattern and they all took York and made it their own! I let them mix and match the features of the pattern, so some did a straight view A or B and others used elements from both views. The York is very versatile in that way! They also all chose different fabrics so you can get a good idea of the pattern from looking at their awesome versions.

The York only requires 1-2 meters of fabric depending on your size, making it a great stashbuster and a quick, affordable sew!


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“The York Pinafore is a wonderful beginner pattern! It’s such a great layering piece to mix with other me-mades.”

Note: Star cut her pockets on an angle to highlight the plaid fabric! This is a great idea for stripes or any prints you want to stand out. 


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Sew Anemone  |  @sewanemone
“I am loving my York Pinafore. It was very easy to get a great fit, Helen’s instructions for height and a full bust were spot on for me! I can already tell the York will be a summer staple and I look forward to pairing it with leggings and warmer tops come fall. Wearing this pattern with a simple tee and some flip flops has a comfy, fun and casual vibe, yet if I switch to heels and add accessories I instantly feel “put together” while still being just as comfy!”

Note: Anne decided to shorten the pattern after she cut her version out, so she cleverly took out excess fabric and left the seam as a faux-yoke detail above the bust. This is a quick fix if your side scoops are hitting a bit too low on your torso. 


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Threadbear Garments  |  @threadbeargarments
“This is such a fun and quick sew. I love how you can layer this piece or a tank top or a long sleeve shirt, making it a year-round garment.”


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(model is Denise’s sister)
“Looking for a great basic that can be easily incorporated into your wardrobe? The York Pinafore is it! This easy, pull on dress can be worn on its own in the warmer months, and layered over leggings and tights in the cooler months. Two pocket options are included for pocket lovers. Easy to understand instructions means that you can sew this dress together quickly.”


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Anna Zoe Sewing  |  @annazoe
“York Pinafore is a great little gem of a pattern! It is a quick sew, easy to fit and is prefect project for a beginner sewist. York Pinafore is also a great wardrobe builder. It is something that can be made in a variety of fabrics and layered on top of other items, which makes it a fantastic year round garment.”

Note: Anya did a welt pocket modification on this version of York after she tested the original pattern.


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Cookin’ and Craftin’  |  @megret79
“The York Pinafore is a super cute, throw-over-anything garment. It’s simple to make, doesn’t use much fabric, and can easily transition through all the seasons depending on how you layer it. It has a hint of a vintage vibe, but is also modern and sleek.”


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Saki Jane  |  @sakijane
“The York Pinafore is a versatile pattern for all levels, it’s quick to sew, and can be worn year-round. I made my test garment as a lightweight linen layering piece, but I can’t wait to make this in a plaid of wool to wear with tights and a sweater.”

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“Helen is on a hot streak with patterns for stylish, wearable and easy-to-sew basics. The York Pinafore is a fantastic pattern that you will reach for again and again. It can be worn in summer over a tank or cami and in winter over a blouse and tights, and my wheels are already spinning with ideas for hacks and variations. This would be a great pattern for beginners as there is little fitting and no closures, and more advanced sewists will appreciate a quick make and sure-fire wardrobe staple.”


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“The York Pinafore is a quick and easy pattern for a garment that I bet you don’t have in your closet yet and maybe didn’t realize you wanted! I think this will be especially great for really hot days, and for dog walks on mornings when I don’t feel like getting dressed.”


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Emma’s Atelier | @emmas_atelier
“The York pinafore is a fun easy to sew garment. It’s perfect for my weekend style.”


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Crafting A Rainbow  |  @gilliancrafts
“The York Pinafore was such a fun palette cleanser! I almost always sew knits, but I really enjoyed each step sewing seams, attaching the pocket, and doing the bias binding. It’s the sort of garment I didn’t know I needed in my wardrobe until I saw the design!”

Note: Gillian chose to leave her bias binding exposed on the edges of her pocket for a pop of colour!

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Clothing Hacker  |  @mizzsmartypants


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“I love my York Pinafore. It is a perfect dress for me. It is comfortable, easy to care, can be styled in many different ways and can be worn all year around. And it looks amazing.”



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The Pug And Needle  |  @heatherandthepugs
“This was a really fun pattern to sew, great for beginners, but not too boring for the intermediate sewist. The pockets are probably my favorite part! ;)”


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“The York Pinafore is a quick, easy, and fun wardrobe addition. It works great for warm weather but can also be layered for the cooler months. This pattern is perfect for someone new to sewing clothing but is also enjoyable for a more experienced seamstress looking for a quick project.”


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Fa Sew La |  @teridodds1
“The York pinafore is such a quick, fun sew! I love the unique style of the slim bib and the cocoon-shaped skirt. This is going to be such an easy piece to throw on with a t-shirt or a tank this Summer. It will easily transition into the fall with a long sleeved tee and leggings. I can’t wait to make another one in a solid color!”


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A Colourful Canvas  |  @acolourfulcanvas
“I’m currently wearing my York Pinafore, still warm from the final pressing, and I want to wear it all day, every day. A simple sew with an end result of a wearable, fun and stylish garment.”


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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.

5 Comments on “York Pinafore Tester Roundup”

  1. Have just finished my 1st York Pinafore, I say 1st as I know there will be many more! I made it up in a mustard stretch needlecord, lined with a bright colourful cotton print, decided to line the top as I didnt want to use bias binding, worked out really well, thank you for such a lovely easy make, easy wear garment.

    1. Hi Jenny, I’m so excited to hear that! Mustard stretch needlecord is a wonderful fabric for York! I can’t wait for you to sew more Yorks in the future 🙂

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