Wednesday, June 20, 2018

McCall 3857: The 'Pink Pinafore and Blouse'

Bright pink pinafores and floral blouses – this is my idea of heaven!

I used McCall 3857, an absolutely adorably feminine pinafore pattern.  I just love the slightly widening shoulders on the pattern and the princess seams that lead into an A-line skirt.

Overall, the pattern--because it consists of the slightly flared panels –makes it easy to adjust.  I do love the wide shoulders but I also need to remember that I have narrow shoulders and need to adjust (even sleeveless) patterns to take out some width in the shoulders.  I think it's ok on this pattern but I could have probably gone a smidgeon narrower.

I do love me some princess seams! So pretty!  

We took these photos at the Botanic Gardens--and I just love the glasshouse building!

The back has a pretty line because of the fitted bodice which flows directly into a nicely draping a-line skirt.  I could have probably taken out a small bit of length in the back bodice section but it's not so noticeable when I stand up straight :)

I got the hot pink wool blend fabric on a trip to Viet Nam several years ago--and it's a DREAM to sew with (and feels very nice to the touch).  I got the colourful print for the blouse (which is a very lightweight cotton) from Edinburgh Fabrics.  The funny thing is that I sat with this fabric for ages...I would go between loving it and then feeling it was too busy for me.  I think as a blouse it's perfect as the hot pink pops of the flowers really coordinate with the hot pink pinafore.  

And bright pink is definitely becoming one of my FAVOURITE colours (I even have shoes and seamed stockings to match....yipppeeeee).

I love this very Debi-esque version of the 1940 college pinafore--in some bright and cheery colourful fabrics! 

Hair: Ariana at Vanity Thrills
Photos: Darja Bilyk


  1. Hi Debi! I really like the style lines of your new pinafore, especially the shoulder and armseye. Very pretty seasonal colors too. I hope that you will make the pinafore and the long sleeve blouse for Autumn in seasonal colors.

  2. It’s beautiful!! Love your blog! You inspire me.. I love vintage patterns also.


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