My first Ottobre pattern was the Babushka pinafore dress pattern (issue 01/2009).
This pattern is for a sweet baby pinafore (with a Babushka doll applique at the front) and was included in the first Ottobre issue I bought (seems like it was only yesterday, lol).
The instructions were quite clear (although, as usual, I didn’t follow them closely) and it was probably one of my first projects for my baby girl (I don’t even think I have a picture of it to prove it …).
For that (tiny) pinafore dress, I use a print from the Katie Jump Rope collection (this one) and the dress got lots of compliments (I was just starting to sew, so it felt really good).
Nevertheless, I didn’t managed to sew many of these dresses for my girl (the Apolline pattern from Citronille has been a good replacement) and she was soon out of the size range.
Yet, when Ottobre released a larger pinnie version – The Kokeshi pinafore dress – I decided to give it another try (again, I skipped the Babushka applique, just because I’m quite okay with just the plain version and my print was already a bit “busy”).
The back is also quite simple (and yet so cute):
I selected a bold print (not my usual style, as you may already know) and couldn’t be more pleased with the final result.
Can’t really get enough of these great hues. Beautiful, right?
Of course, the dress it’s still a bit large on my girl (but on the bonus side, there’s room to grow, which I always love) but it’s already a favorite:
Overall, the Kokeshi Pinafore Dress is quite a basic pattern but looks really sweet paired with a blouse underneath (and even a little cardi, if it gets cooler):
Don’t you just love a good basic (dress) pattern?
xx, Ana Sofia