It’s about as simple, basic and easy as a sewing pattern can get. Free pdf to print at home.
Free pinafore dress pattern with modest neckline and long armholes.
This is a multi-size pattern I made up several years ago. Nowadays I think I made the sizing more generous than it needs to be and the results are too loose. I’d say the pattern is fine, just ignore the sizes marked on it, and decide how large you want the jumper to be then choose the appropriate piece according to the measurement, remembering to allow for seams.
The original pattern finished garment measures from 39″ to 48″ at the waist. That would fit waists of maybe 33″ up to 42″.
Original jumper pattern (note the newer version is below)
And this is the skirt pattern I used. It has a bit of shape and hangs nicer than just gathering a square.
In the picture, I’m 38-30-42, and I cut a size 38″ for myself. I cut the skirt shape on the 12″ cutting line for minimal gathering and maxi length. For a larger size one would need the 14″ cutting line at least.
Cut four skirt pieces, or two on the fold adding corners.
Sew the backs and fronts together at the shoulder seams, then line them up like this,
Sew the armholes and neckline, press, clip the curves and then pull the back pieces through at the shoulders.
Sew up the back seam right sides together. (Up one side, over the top, and down the other side)
The skirt piece can be cut in four pieces, or cut two on the fold and then add corners.
At that point it’s traditional to sew the side seams, then gather the skirt and attach.
On this one I tried being different. I gathered the skirt front and back pieces separately, sewed them to the front and back of the bodice, then sewed up the side seams last. That way I had to hand-stitch the bodice lining later, which is not without pains of its own. It might be easier the traditional way.
New model for 2021
Then recently I made up a new jumper pattern for myself that I’m going to share also. I wanted a jumper that was more close fitting. Size inches ease at the waist is enough, I have a 30″ waist and most of my dresses are 18″ when spread out flat.
I was going for a pioneer apron look with the even longer armholes. I didn’t want any seams or shaping in front, but some shaping is good so I took it out of the back. I don’t know if that’s a standard way but I like how it turned out.
My two next plans for it are to make an actual apron by cutting the back pieces inward a bit and adding ties. I’m also going to do a spiral seams version, like this. That’s in the testing stage right now.
I also made myself a fake fur cave chick outfit in preparation for my cold new home.
It was cut roughly with this pattern but a lot larger because the fabric is so thick. What you can’t see is that it’s lined with another layer of fleece. Almost medieval, isn’t it?