If I had any perspective on my own life or personality I could have seen this one coming a mile away.
The pattern of behavior:
- Notice that pinafores are a thing
- Scoff at pinafores
- Declare that I will never make a pinafore
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 – until –
- I see an example so awesome I drop everything immediately to make one
My distaste for a thing makes it interesting to me and that interest turns at some point into appeal.
That’s such an unflattering introduction to this style and project that I hesitate to link to the specific maker who tipped the scales, but I will list the confluence of circumstances that led to this make because it takes more than hate-turned-to-love to make a thing. The stars must align. In order:
- I was absolutely taken with the strap details on the Pippi Pinafore.
- I already had some fabric that would work well enough sitting in my stash that was not earmarked for a more practical make.
- The Pippi Pinafore pattern happens to be drafted to different cup sizes. I was unwilling to take a lot of time fitting a trendy garment I was’t sure I would like or wear, but with this pattern I could live dangerously and not make a muslin.
So I gave it a go.
Pattern: Pippi PInafore by Jennifer Luaren Handmade
Fabric: Robert Kaufman linen
Mods: Lengthened the bust 1.25″
Did you see that mod up there? Where I lengthened the bust 1.25 inches? That’s because when I was sewing the bib it was to teeny I thought, “Oh, hell no” and cut out a new longer one. Good call, me, I’m pretty sure that as drafted the bib would only have come to … I’ll let you figure it out. Long torso is long.
Not bad! I’m pleased. Now that I have made one I worry that I will fall into a different, equally predictable, pattern of behavior:
- Worry that wearing this makes me look like I’m trying too hard to be more on-trend than I am
- Worry that only home sewists wear pinafores and anybody who is not a home sewist will think it’s strange
- Worry that wearing this makes me look like I’m trying too hard to appear younger than I am
- Not wear the thing
In spite of my worries I did wear it and nobody laughed or pointed or mistook me for a 12-year-old or told me the style is too young or I’m too old. So think I’ll try to establish a new pattern of behavior:
- Stop caring what other people think
- Dress myself in things I like to wear