The apron, or pinafore, is one of humanity's oldest garment forms. Whether worn to cover and protect the body or to mark status, garments that covered the front of the torso and lap are seen in Neolithic art and Renaissance paintings. Our Pinafore dress is both a covering and a garment, with helpful pockets added in. This easy-to-sew, low-calf-length pinafore dress features two patch pockets with pocket bands and wide straps that button in front. A perfect everyday dress that can be worn in any season, it is practical and simple. Wear over a shirt and leggings for winter, or on its own or with a tank top for summer. This makes a great lounge dress, work/garden smock, or comfortable dress to wear out and about. The simple form is also a great canvas for embellishments – patchwork, embroidery, applique, or dyeing.
This is the PDF pattern. The paper pattern is available here. This PDF pattern consists of several files: sewing instructions, print at home version, and copy shop versions (A0 and 36").
Suggested fabrics: Light to medium weight fabrics such as linen, flannel, gabardine, twill, lightweight denim
Learn More: Check out our Pinafore Dress sew along on the blog. This sew along shows you how to adjust length as well as alter the button closure.