Helen’s Closet York Pinafore

Helen’s Closet York Pinafore


It’s Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer. While I’m fully ready to embrace the “sun’s out, buns out” philosophy, this past week it’s been a bit too cool for that. Lucky for me, I was able to wear my newest York Pinafore – this time made from stretch corduroy sent to me by Minerva. Originally, this fabric was going to be turned into pants, but the idea of making corduroy pants in May just made me sad, so I chose one of my favorite patterns to make.


The York Pinafore features a modern and relaxed silhouette, making it suitable for a wide range of body types and personal styles. With its square neckline and wide shoulder straps, it offers a flattering and comfortable fit. The pattern includes options for both a knee-length and midi-length pinafore, allowing sewists to choose the length that suits their preference. Additionally, the York Pinafore can be customized with pockets, a side button closure, and optional topstitching details, giving sewists the opportunity to put their own creative spin on the design. The true beauty of the York Pinafore lies in its versatility. It can be dressed up or down depending on the fabric choice and styling. For a casual look, pair it with a t-shirt or a lightweight sweater and sneakers. Alternatively, dress it up with a blouse, tights, and ankle boots for a more sophisticated ensemble. The York Pinafore can easily transition from season to season by layering it with a turtleneck or a cozy cardigan. Its adaptability makes it a wardrobe staple that can be worn year-round.







I always love the fabrics sends me and this Minerva Core Range 7 Wale Stretch Woven Jumbo Cord fabric was no different. The stretch in this corduroy fabric is exceptional. It offers just the right amount of elasticity, allowing for comfortable movement and flexibility. Whether I’m sitting, standing, or going about my daily activities, the fabric stretches and moves with me, providing a comfortable and unrestricted fit. This is especially important for corduroy, as it can sometimes be known for its stiffness, but’s stretch corduroy solves that problem brilliantly. The fabric’s quality is also noteworthy. It feels substantial and durable, ensuring that it can withstand regular wear and tear. The corduroy ribs are well-defined and add a lovely texture to the fabric. Additionally, the color options available on are impressive. They offer a wide range of rich and vibrant colors, allowing you to choose the perfect shade to match your style and preferences.

In summary, the York Pinafore sewing pattern by Helen’s Closet Patterns is a well-designed and versatile pattern that offers sewists endless possibilities. Its comfortable fit, stylish design, and clear instructions make it accessible to sewists of all skill levels. With its adaptability and timeless appeal, this pattern is sure to become a go-to garment in your handmade wardrobe. Pairing this pattern with Minerva’s stretch corduroy is a match made in heaven!








By Stitch and Shimmy

*Photo by Carrie at the Dancers Eye -*

American Cabaret Bellydancer.  Cheese Goddess. Crafty Chick. Seamwork Ambassador. Minerva Maker. Feminist Badass.

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