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Tilly and the Buttons – Bobbi Pinafore Pattern Review

I am a big fan of the pinafore or dungarees style and I wear them a lot in all kinds of different variations, the Bobbi pinafore hits all the spots I love. It’s a cute shape with a waist detail so it is really flattering on and not too tight, a perfect style to wear for a trip to the pub for a Sunday lunch.

Also another great thing about this pattern is the small amount of fabric it needs, I used 1.5 metres of this rifle paper co canvas from Sister Mintaka and this is the scraps I had at the end, just a tint amount!

I also raided my scraps bin for the pocket and bib lining, I keep things over a fat quarter size and found I had just the right amount of this ruby star cotton, it doesn’t really match but it makes me happy knowing my pockets are full of rainbows.

I also used a rainbow thread and it looks perfect, you cant really tell unless you look closely or have trained sewist eye, but it just adds that extra detail.

For the fit I didn’t make any changes, I just cut a straight size 7 and it was perfect for me but go with your measurements. The back skirt is panelled so that will also help with getting the fit right.

For pockets I just went with the large hip ones but theres a few variations you could play around with. These pockets are really spacious and have enough room for all the sweets and a large phone.

I did add a couple of extra buttons using a buttonhole gauge, this is just personal preference. I used Prym denim buttons and matching dungarees buckles, I’ve also used sliders on the straps but you cant really see them under my giant hair.

So for these blog photos I’ve gone with something a little different as I wore this pinafore around the making of Harry Potter studios and we got lots of photos I thought I’d just use these instead of taking more in my sewing room like I usually do.

Thoughts on this pattern … it’s a dream, a super versatile addition to anyones wardrobe and (for me) a quick sew. There’s also a skirt variant which I’ve made and also love. I think this would be a perfect pattern for an adventurous beginner (Tilly’s instructions are very good and will look after you every step of the way) looking to branch out and learn new skills or a experience sewist looking to add some pretty pinafores and skirts to their wardrobe.

Have you made this pattern?? Do you love a pinafore style?? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading and happy sewing,

Samantha x

**note – this pattern was gifted to me but I was under no obligation to review this pattern. All thoughts are my own.


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