Saturday, 29 July 2017

The Jolly Green Vintage 50s Pinafore Top

upcycled vintage 50s pinafore top by Karen Vallerius

A couple of months ago I found a fab 50s sewing pattern - Simplicity 5763 (in Sue Ryder Vintage & Retro in Peterborough of course!) for a great pinafore.  I had already upcycled an 80s skirt into this pinafore and wondered how the pattern would work if I took an entire skirt - here a lovely green linen skirt with great topstitched gored panels - then removed the waistband and cut the neckline and armholes from the pattern before seaming.

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I used the pattern to make a half piece template for the neckline and arm openings.

upcycled vintage 50s pinafore top by Karen Vallerius

I then carefully positioned this onto the skirt and cut the openings before seaming.

upcycled vintage 50s pinafore top by Karen Vallerius

I unpicked the green binding around the waistline of the skirt and used this to bind the neckline.  I opened the centre front seam part way down and stitched a loop in the binding to fasten a vintage Art Deco button from my collection.

upcycled vintage 50s pinafore top by Karen Vallerius

I cut a pocket from a vintage 50s cotton bandana with a great spot design in yellow, green & white.  I used this to make a large pocket, lined with a vintage French provencale print, and fastened with another of the vintage 30s green buttons (read this post for details of the discovery of these buttons!).

upcycled vintage 50s pinafore top by Karen Vallerius

The pinafore has a lovely line with a great flared shape.  The oversized 50s armholes sit well on the shoulders and give a distinct mid-century feel to the pinafore.

upcycled vintage 50s pinafore top by Karen Vallerius

And here is the original donor garment, the green linen skirt.

upcycled green linen skirt  by Karen Vallerius

upcycled vintage 50s pinafore top by Karen Vallerius

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