Friday, 1 September 2017

The Jolly Red Pinafore - Another 50s Classic

50s style pinafore by karen vallerius

Upcycled skirt into 50s style pinafore top



I had saved a gorgeous bright vintage 80s cotton skirt - one of those which had a shirred elasticated waistband on a generous panel of fabric - for a couple of years because I loved the splashy mid century inspired floral print.  I loved the abstract flowers and daisies and simply knew this would be perfect reworked as a 50s style top.

The skirt was made in England from a lovely quality and weight of cotton and due to the design had a generous length of fabric.

Vintage pattern discovery


50s style pinafore by karen vallerius

I found this vintage sewing pattern for a range of "jiffy aprons" in one of my best vintage resources - Sue Ryder Vintage & Retro in Peterborough.  I like the mid century design details of this pattern - lovely flattering scoop neckline and well cut shoulders; great oversized patch pockets with tie belt.  The perfect pattern for reworking this beautiful original skirt!

50s style pinafore by karen vallerius


An alternative to side belt carriers



50s style pinafore by karen vallerius

I used a design detail I have used before (check out my blog post where I reworked a 90s skirt here) that is to stitch button holes in the belt so that the belt can be buttoned on and off the garment.  As this pattern did not use belt holders I did not want the belt to slip about on the pinafore so I find that a button on belt is a practical detail - keeps the belt in place during wear and is easy to unbutton for laundering.

Mid century style


50s style pinafore by karen vallerius

The back of the pinafore is open with a single button fastening at the back neckline

50s style pinafore by karen vallerius

Close up of back fastening here.

50s style pinafore by karen vallerius

Now listed in my etsy shop


50s style pinafore by karen vallerius




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