Aptly titled, with all of the necessary preparations for back to school for my eldest, I had to forgo believing that I could have sewn up another dress in time for the preschooler’s first day back at school. I did however, get it finished during that same first week back. How not-so-distinguished would it have been to have called it a second-week-of-preschool pinafore! Yeah, it doesn’t sound very impressive does it? And it certainly would not have seemed riveting to any preschooler.
Before I started to work on the construction, I had already decided in my mind that I was going to leave off the pockets for the style I had decided on. I thought, “Pockets? Why add more time?” During the process of putting the garment together and in visualizing it in this fabric, I changed my mind and I’m glad I did. Those pockets are just darling and make the dress even more sweet. Those gathered pockets are right up there along with Peter pan collars for me. My littlest one had better beware, as I just might make the next piece of clothing that will be his with a Peter Pan collar. He’s still young enough to don that look, I think?
What also factored into my deciding on this style was difference between the use of buttons. Generally, adding buttons to clothing can serve the purpose of being functional or decorative or both. One of the styles included buttons to be able to go through a button hole, although it is not entirely for function since a zipper is added to the back to get in and out of it; and this dress appeared as if it could be put on without undoing the buttons on the straps. In the other view, the straps were fixed to the yoke such that if buttons are added, they would merely be for decorative intentions. Of course, the wonderfulness about sewing is that you could do whatever in the world you want; you don’t have to follow the instructions exactly or even at all! Heck, even those functional buttons could be made decorative all at the same time. Ultimately, I used two pewter buttons from my stash to allow the dress to be buttoned and unbuttoned to because liked the way it looked and it would allow the preschooler a few extra minutes practicing her fine motor skills.
It might be important to note that I cheated somewhat in attaching the buttons to the straps. I used these nifty little things called button pins that I had on hand to save time and allow me to satisfy the name of the dress (see the first paragraph). Plus, I can change the buttons should I come across a pair that makes me think that it would just be perfect fit for that pinafore!
I used Butterick’s See & Sew 5631 pattern and made a combination of the two views offered, in a sense. Following view A, I cut the pieces as outlined in view B from contrasting fabric. By making this modification to at least the pockets, it gives the them (and the rest of the dress) dimension and they do not get ‘lost’ in the body of the dress.
Here is my review:
Butterick 5631, view A
Girls’ back-zippered pinafore with gathered front-pockets.
Size 5 was made to allow for wear the following warm seasons and it had lots of room. I might have been able to get away with using her current size.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What you particularly liked or disliked about the pattern:
The pockets are so cute.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
View A was followed except the yoke, straps and pocket band were cut from contrasting fabric as in view B.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?