Ruby Overalls Pinafore Hack - Helen's Closet Blog

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Ruby Overalls Pinafore Hack

Launch week wouldn’t be complete without a pattern hack! This is one design idea that didn’t make it into the collection views but I still think is an excellent alternative for the Ruby Overalls—a Ruby Pinafore! Follow along to see how I made this simple overalls pinafore hack. Spoiler alert—I love it! 

Ruby Overalls Pinafore Hack - Helen's Closet Blog
Ruby Overalls Pinafore Hack - Helen's Closet Blog
Ruby Overalls Pinafore Hack - Helen's Closet Blog

This pattern hack is fairly straightforward but it does involve some pattern alteration. Essentially, we want to remove the crotch curve from the Ruby legs so we can join them together as a skirt, instead! Here is how that looks on the front and back pieces:

Ruby Overalls Pinafore Hack How To - Helen's Closet Blog

The length you make your Ruby Pinafore is up to you. I decided to make mine 32” (81.3 cm) from the top of the bib. I am 5’9” (175.3 cm) tall. If you want a really long Ruby Pinafore, you will want to consider adding a slit or kick pleat so you can move more easily. Alternatively, you can also flare out the sides of your pattern to make a more A-line shape. 

Ruby Overalls Pinafore Hack How To - Helen's Closet Blog
Ruby Overalls Pinafore Hack - Helen's Closet Blog

Once you’ve adjusted your pattern, the rest is easy! Simply follow the Ruby instructions except for sewing the crotch and inseam. You will instead join the fronts and backs together from the bib to the hem and topstitch. 

Ruby Overalls Pinafore Hack - Helen's Closet Blog
Ruby Overalls Pinafore Hack - Helen's Closet Blog

I opted for overalls hardware on my Ruby Pinafore and I love the look! This fabric is 6oz “Everyday Linen” from Blackbird Fabrics in the colour ‘elmwood’. It is an ideal weight for this pattern and I would recommend it highly.  

Ruby Overalls Pinafore Hack - Helen's Closet Blog
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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.

10 Comments on “Ruby Overalls Pinafore Hack”

  1. The pinafore hack is perfect! I wasn’t sure how the Ruby overalls would fit into my wardrobe, but bought the STUDIO collection anyway and figured that I could hack Ruby into a pinafore, but you did all the work!! Love the collection, the pieces will fit into so many different seasonal looks.

  2. This looks really good! Thank you for sharing! I am a beginner, and I am still afraid of working with patterns, but I plan to overcome that fear this Summer. I am taking pattern making lessons in order to understand these concepts better.

  3. I adore your pinafore!! Do you think this hack would work as well with the Yanta overalls? I am currently sewing my third and fourth pairs, LOL! Thank you for such great patterns.

  4. This is so cute! I think the elastic back would make it fit so well too.
    I haven’t bought the pattern bc I didn’t think I’d get enough use out of the dungarees (doesn’t seem like something I’d want more than one of in my wardrobe) but now I’ve seen the dress version!

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