The Charm of Vintage Pinafores

Long ago I came across this Angel Wing Pinafore  pattern and knew I wanted to make it. I saved it to my bookmarks. Then I came across it again and saved it to Evernote. Later, I saw it on Ravelry and yes, I saved it in my library! I really liked the straight forward-ness (is that even a word?) of the pattern and it’s vintage design. I mean, how many of us even know what a pinafore is?

Pinafores were a daily part if life in days of yore. They were worn over your dress much like an apron, protecting your clothing from the grit and grime of daily life. Pinafores were typically made of muslin or calico fabric, easily laundered and durable. They fastened in the back, usually just at the top. They often incorporated ruffles or embroidery as decorative touches.

I adore all things vintage. I am 54 years old so that excludes so called vintage things from the 70’s and newer! Anyway, I digress 😉
I have 2 darling little girls next door who’s mother’s tastes run similar to mine in this area and it is a blast to needle and hook my way into cute pinafores for them!

I started by making one following the pattern as written in Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton from Alpaca Direct.



The pattern is written for newborn to 3 months. The eldest, Emma, is 5 so obviously I was going to have to make this pinafore bigger.

Now, I am not a designer. Changing pattern sizes, for me, is limited to the most rudimentary skills. I.e. changing yarn weight and hook or needle size! Any nimbleness of brain to add or subtract stitches here or there has gone by the wayside to make room for Omar (see my bio) 🙂
Even tho I know this about myself, I made 4, yes 4 attempts to rewrite this simple pattern to suit my needs. Each one was a disaster failed. Finally, I used a worsted weight cotton, Berroco Weekend, and a size K hook, following the pattern exactly except for adding one extra row to the yoke. This was the result:


Perfection! Yay! It fit Emma like I had carefully measured every inch! Ha!

Since then, I have made one for Ellie, Emma’s 18 month old sister. And am working on one for another special little girl named Avery 🙂 wow, do I ever LOVE this pattern!

I think you will too. Enjoy!


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