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The Kitty Pinafore Dress

May 25, 2021

A few years ago I made two little sisters a Kitty Pinafore dress each for their birthdays. They wore them quite a bit so when the elder sister’s birthday rolled around again I made her the next size up. The pattern was free with Simply Sewing magazine, and was designed by ‘Wild Things’. I made this dress with a medium weight navy blue twill, and for the ears I used a canvas ticking stripe, and so chose to do ivory topstitching on the straps and the pocket to coordinate.

As I probably mentioned before when I posted about making my first two Kitty Pinafore dresses, the pattern confused me a bit with the waistband, as you are asked to add 3 inches to the pattern I think for a foldover channel for the elastic. I did not notice this until the fabric was already cut, and so had to cut a separate piece and add it in. Luckily it makes no difference to the appearance or fit of the dress!

I remembered that last time I made the girls these dresses, the buttonhole placement was a little too low and I had to add some extra in, so this time I sewed a couple of extra buttonholes on each strap before giving it away! I love the button! I got this at a sewing exhibition somewhere. I bought three, and two of them are on a Tilly & the Buttons Cleo pinafore I made for myself. I’m glad they have all been used now.

I hand sewed the whiskers with embroidery floss, and used the blanket stitch on my machine for the applique eyes and nose. It’s such a cute little cat face!

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