The Perfect Pinafore

McCall 1605 Girls 1950s Ruffled Shoulder Pinafore Dress Detachable Petticoat Childrens Vintage Sewing Pattern Breast 24 UNCUT

I decided to make another pinafore because this is the item that I am contacted about most. I’ve made these dresses several times from a variety of materials and I am happy with the look each time.

This is McCall’s pattern #1605 from 1951.  It makes a pinafore dress (outer) with an attached pettiskirt (interior) that buttons into the pinafore creating one dress. Several different pinafores can be used over a single pettiskirt. The pettiskirt ensures fullness to the pinafore giving it that classic full skirt. The pattern enlarges and reduces size easily and is very simple to read despite the double layer and exact button matching. This dress has a total of 8 buttons connecting the dresses.

I used red linen and white cotton with a strip of vintage red and blue floral strip in the bib with a red scallop trim.

Slip Happy

Vintage McCall Child's Set of  Underwear Pattern 5443--Slip and Onesie-Size 3--from 1943--Rare

I began McCall’s vintage child’s slip and underwear pattern #5543 from year 1943.
This is an oldie but goodie. I just love that these are called underwear. I’m working on the onesie slip (shorts).

I have cut this onesie slip pattern and plan on trying it on one of the girls – mostly out of curiosity. The garment has a very interesting double continuous lap on the sides of the shorts. It also has an interesting “French door” style of opening at the two back panels. These pieces open and close and button onto the waistband. I’m using silk Batiste but any light/thin fabric such as polished cotton or lawn will prove the same result. I’m using double thickness on the fabric so you can’t see through.

It’s hard to believe this pattern is 80 years old and really in such great condition. I’ve actually worked with patterns that have crumbled. I’m working with a non-printed pattern with holes for direction. Wish me luck on getting this double lap and back door opening. If I can figure it out, this surely will be an interesting garment.