Â Pinafores are great garments for little girls.Â Through spring and summer, they are worn as sun dresses and for fall and winter, they can be popped over over a coordinating basic yoke dress.Â Â By doing so, theyÂ serve their original purpose of keeping the under dress clean for another wearing.
Laurel woreÂ this pinafore for herÂ third day of home school class.Â Â Unfortunately, Â I took the picture just after she ate lunch,Â which left aÂ spot of peach juiceÂ on the bodice.Â Oh well.Â It might come out andÂ the pinafore isÂ what I call a second generation garment anyway.Â Â That sounds so much nicer than “hand-me-down.”
Twenty five years ago, I made this pinafore for my daughter to wear to first grade.Â She wore it over a basic yoke dress of gorgeous Liberty of London tanna lawn.Â The crisp print featured leaves of autumn colors–rust, coral, gold and browns.Â Â Laurel would love that dress.Â But after considerable digging through closets and the cedar chest, Iâ€™ve finally accepted the sad reality that it is MIA.Â
This is another Little Sunday Dresses pinafore, as seen in the previous post that shows Laurel in her Cinderella pinafore.Â Iâ€™ve always liked the back buttonhole extension and the underarm ties which allow controlled expansion of bodice, thus extending the length of time the pinafore fits.
My daughter-in-law once said to me, “Did you save EVERYTHING?”Â Â Of course, I did not.Â ButÂ when I think of the precious smocking moments I snatched out of my very busy young motherhood days, I am glad I saved what I did.Â It makes me grin from ear to ear when is I see Rebecca’s dresses on Laurel.Â It truly is a second generation dress.Â Â Â Perhaps some day Rebecca will have a little girl who will wear this—if the peach spot comes out.
Itâ€™s probably a stretch, but Iâ€™m trying to tie this 25 year old pinafore into my theme of â€œModern Projects for Old Fashioned Nanasâ€ by teaching Laurel about recycling.Â Â Â Â Yeah…..that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.
Pattern:Â Little Sunday Dresses pinafore
Smocking design:Â Little Fawns by Terri Jane Collins
Fabric:Â ivory polycotton border eyelet, 45â€ wide