Hot! The “OMG One-Day Challenge?!” Pinafore

The Facts

Fabric: 1 1/2 yards (give or take) of a wool blend from Vogue Fabrics (a large remnant from my stash) and some bemberg lining (also leftovers from my stash)

Pattern: BurdaStyle’s Jenny Skirt, Version C with Suspenders

Year: c. 2010

Notions: 14″ Invisible Zipper, Stay & Hem Tapes, and Vintage Velvet Trim

Time to Complete: 14ish hrs.  Yeah…. I’m a slow sewer.

First Worn: January 2012

Wear Again: Yes!  I’m soo wearing this to work tomorrow.

Total Price: All the fabric and notions were leftovers from my stash.  To approximate, I probably spent somewhere around $15.

Yes….I’ve officially dubbed this little pinafore, the ‘OMG One Day Challenge?!” Pinafore.  Why you may ask?  All last week, I was sitting around waiting for the challenge to be announced so I figured we all had an extra week before the Challenges began.  Roll around to Friday evening, on a whim, I decided to log into the SewWeekly dashboard and only then did I read that the weekly creations were due on January 9th.  Eeeep! Also, since I read hastily, I thought the 9th was Sunday and not Monday which meant that I thought I only had Saturday to sew together this puppy.  I don’t think I’ve ever created a garment with only one day’s notice before and I am thoroughly impressed that I was able to tackle such a feat.  heh

This week’s challenge was all about making a garment based on (or around) an accessory.  This is the perfect theme for 2012’s first Sew Weekly Challenge.  Last summer I bought a cute, little felt hat at the Vintage Bazaar since I was inspired by the recent hat craze.  I think hats are lovely and wish people wore more of them, including myself.  So for me, this week’s challenge was the perfect opportunity I needed to get out of my comfort zone and wear a hat since I had a perfectly cute hat that was screaming for an outfit to coordinate.

As I said before, I was on a time crunch this week and I decided to sew a pattern that I made last spring, BurdaStyle’s Jenny Skirt, except this time I decided to make version C with the suspenders for retro pinafore look.  I cut out my pattern pieces for the Jenny Skirt, but found that I didn’t take such good notes last time around.  So I found myself spending some extra time to refit the skirt, which was probably a good thing since I had haven’t worked out since before the holidays.  :)

The only minor modification I made to the design was to crisscrossed the straps in the back of the pinafore since I think it makes for a lovely design element, that along with extra security for my narrow shoulders.  Don’t you hate it when your straps fall down?!

After I completed the pinafore in my wool black & white tweed fabric I felt like it was missing something…

Serendipitously, I remembered that my mom gave me some vintage notions from her stash and in it I found the perfect velvet trim to add to the waistband.  It made for the best finishing touch I could hope for since it complements my hat quite nicely, if I can say so myself.

Don’t you think how amazing it is that one little trim can really pull together an outfit?!

Even though I was pressed for time, it seems that I can’t help to make something unless it includes a lining.  I’m certain that may change in the future, especially when the weather gets too warm and when I get in full swing with the weekly challenges.  For the lining I used Sunni of A Fashionable Stitch’s new tutorial for cutting and sewing lining for a back-vent which was magical, as everything that she does seems to be.

Here’s a quick, closeup shot of my black & white wool blend fabric and of the finished back vent:

I don’t really like slits in my skirts since they just seem to invite the inevitable rips at tears on pencil skirts.  So the back vent is a great solution to this problem since there is extra reinforcement from the satin stitching on the outside along with some silk organza strips on the inside for even more stability.

I am happy to report that I am 100% satisfied with my first official Sew Weekly Challenge.  It’s only the first week and it has already pushed me to sew based on a theme that has enabled me to get out of my comfort zone.  And what’s even better is that I was able to sew completely using leftovers (large remnants)  from my own stash.  :)



By day Liz Holder works as a research analyst where she plays with data and charts, but by night she becomes a create-a-holic. She loves creating and learning new things which is why her favorite craft is sewing, which she’s been doing in full force after taking her first sewing class a year and a half ago. There is an endless array of skills, tricks, and techniques for her to research on any given project and at the end she's ecstatic o have created a unique garment that she can then celebrate by sharing it with the blogosphere after which she wears it to work where she crunches more numbers and starts the cycle all over again.


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  1. Zilredloh, this skirt is awesome! It fits you so lovely and I adore the criss-cross back. Hat? Gorgeous. Velvet trim? My favourite bit! Also, don’t you hate when you don’t take good notes in the past? Man I have learnt that lesson…

    • Thanks so much! What’s even worse is that I still have to take notes so I don’t do this again for this skirt. I’d love to make the jenny-dress version one day.

  2. I love this, Liz! The velvet trim really ties the whole outfit together.

  3. Your outfit is adorable! Congratulations on sewing it in a day! Thanks for the tutorial link (reminder) – I’ve been wanting to try that.

  4. This is awesome! I love that you’re a slow sewer (I am too… I’ve been working on a Sorbetto–A SORBETTO!–for almost 24 hours now… and it’s not working). I may steal, er, borrow this idea for a later challenge! (P.S. I love your blog)

    • I would love to try out the Sorbetto too. I think nearly everyone else has made one except for me… I wish I could give you some advice, but I’m sure there’s loads of peeps on the Sew Weekly forum that would be happy to help. :)

      Yea, I’m super slow. But I really don’t feel like I’m slow. It’s only when I compare my pace with others. heh I’m in awe of people who can make a dress in 4 hours. Truly mind boggling!

  5. This is exceptional!!! I absolutely ADORE your pinafore – the velvet trim is divine!! Fabulous ensemble all around.

  6. I like your skirt – really simple and sophisticated.

  7. Very nice- so versatile! I like it a lot, especially the quick turnaround. Well done. :)

  8. That’s one cute hat and the ideal skirt to go with it. The velvet trim is really what ties it in beautifully.

  9. Awesome job! I love pinafores!

  10. LOVE this! It’s so cute and definitely vintage inspired! A perfect match with the hat! Well done!

    • Thanks Debi! I felt like I was on a very fine line between a vintage 40’s outfit and a 80’s one. I was going more for the 40’s. heh

  11. This is freaking awesome! The pinafore is super cute and it matches your hat perfectly! I’ll be stashing this idea away for later use. Cross over ta the back- love it!

  12. This is adorable. I’ve been toying around with the idea of a skirt with attached suspenders. I am definitely going to put it on the list.

  13. Love the skirt. Great idea about the ‘criss-cross’ straps at the back!

  14. Hi!
    Amazing work for one day’s sewing! The black trim really matches the hat (super cute) really well, you look so adorable. Thank you for linking to the tutorial to line a skirt with a vent. I have been wondering how to do that as I just made a dress with a vent but I wasn’t sure how to sew around the vent when it came to the lining.

    • Thanks so much! Attaching the lining to the back vent is tricky business but Sunni’s tutorial makes it a manageable technique to try. :)

  15. This is SO adorable! Love the pinafore and that velvet trim at the waist definitely made this the perfect outfit with the hat!

    • Thanks Adey! I was over-the-moon when I found this trim in my stash! It’s amazing how much a little extra trimming can do for an outfit.

  16. Liz, that skirt looks so great on you! I really like the addition of the velvet waistband – so pretty! Well done on you for making it so quickly, too!

  17. Soooo cute! Love the fabric choice too.

  18. I love your skirt! Great result considering you were under the pump.

  19. You look great in this! I love your hat. I have one I need to wear more-maybe I need to take your lead and make something to wear with it. Thanks for sharing!

  20. I love it! You look so cute. Glad you pushed yourself to sew something up so quickly.

  21. This is ADORABLE! Great job! And, like everyone else, I love the velvet trim!

  22. Stunning! I absolutely love your hat and this outfit compliments it perfectly.

  23. Wonderful! ?The trim really does pull it together and the whole outfit is so cute! Congrats on only making it in one day, yikes!

  24. LOVE it! I too love hats! Your little outfit looks like it took you weeks to do.

  25. You are brilliant, I just loved that you criss crossed the back straps, what a perfect fit too. Fabulous.

  26. you did a truly wonderful job, the skirt looks so professional and lovely in that smart gray wool with the velvet trim! great length, great style, great everything.

    i also finished my TSW challenge this week in one day, so i totally relate!!

  27. So cute! Your photos are adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Love how you made this up! The velvet is great, and the crossed straps perfect. Narrow shoulders here, too… and I’m totes a slow seamstress!

  29. Great work! This is the perfect little work ensemble without looking too stuffy and dull.

  30. Very well done! It’s great to see so many of us using up the resources in our stashes. Your outfit is adorable.

  31. that vent is gorgeous, SUCH a cute outfit!