I made the Ikatee Milano dress (older version also available) for Freya here, and am so pleased with how it's turned out. It is beautiful and girly, and really suits Freya (but I am biased). You probably know my soft spot for Ikatee Couture patterns already - remember the bunny-eared jacket here?
I was attracted to the Milano dress as soon as it came out, but truth be told, for a while, I sat on the fence. I knew that a pinafore dress was pretty straightforward to make - you have a rectangular gathered skirt, a rectangular bib, and some rectangular straps and optional pockets. I had grand plans of drafting my own pattern and making it from scratch, but you know what?
I did not have the energy or time to be measuring, estimating and trialling the proportions, so decided to buy it after all.
The instructions were good, and there was also a video option available. The only part that I didn't like was having to unpick the waistline at the end to thread in the elastic. This feels counter intuitive (the purist in my thinks that sewing something from scratch should not include the need to unpick previous steps to create an opening, unless it was basting which is supposed to be temporary), but other than this, I was happy with the instructions.
The step that I did struggle a bit with was the rolled hem on the ruffles - the stitching, if too close together and too narrow, would break the edge of such a delicate and loosely woven fabric. It took a bit of trial and error here, but less dense and wider stitches on the overlocker did the trick.
I also made a small change to the location of the buttonholes on the back of the straps. I included 2 sets, as a grow-with-me option, and they were on either side of the original buttonhole location.
OK, other than a sweet, ruffly, girly pinafore dress, what else can you make for my kids/grandchildren with double gauze? I've got a few ideas for you.
Free idea #1 - Skirt Alert by Bel Etoile
Free idea #2 - Olli by Misusu
Not free but worth it idea #1 - Waves & Wild Wild & Free dungarees
Not free but worth it idea #2 - Ikatee Madrid
Have I inspired you to have a go at sewing with double gauze? It's such a lovely option for the summer months. I'm seriously plotting some double gauze goodness for myself as well, but let's chat about that another time. ``
You can see Flamingo Fabrics Double Gauze collection here <<<
Thanks for reading! Take care and stay well.
What a lovely post and the pinafore is beautifully sewn. I am looking for a pattern for an adult size pinafore dress for an older lady who is struggling to find something loose and comfortable after intensive surgery. Do you have any suggestions for where I should look please?