Nina Lee Camden Pinafore Dress

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All dressed up and no where no go! Is there anyone else completing garments that don’t quite seem appropriate for the circumstances we find us in?

Like much of the world we are in lockdown in the UK. Personally I’m all for dressing up for my permitted weekly grocery trip to Asda, so maybe that’s an opportunity.

So this is an outfit that will probably get put away until next autumn. But thinking positively, you never know!

The Camden Pinafore sewing pattern from Nina Lee is a fully-lined pinafore (with skirt option) in 2 lengths and patch pockets! The pinafore has a deep V-neckline and princess seams that allow for the perfect fit.

I made up a toile of the bodice section. I graded from a size 10 bust, size 12 waist and back to a size 10 hip.

This was a great starting point. I took the princess seams in a little at the bust and upper bust and noted that I should let out the side seams 0.5cm to allow me to comfortably wear a fine long-sleeve top beneath.

But one thing that did make all the difference was making 2 darts in the neckline in the back to take out my usual gaping issue, either side of the zip. You can’t tell due to the print but you can see it here in the lining.

I altered my pattern pieces and made up the dress in this ‘Stay Wild’ needlecord from myfabrics.

I’ve seen a couple of summer versions on the net, worn without tops underneath and this is something I’m definitely going to do.


It’s a structured dress that still gives shaped whilst not clinging to the body. Made up in a summery print mid weight cotton, this would be perfect for heat.

So I’ve just to complete the skirt version for my next blog post for Minerva before moving on to my Ginger Jeans!!

At least the jeans will get plenty of wear!!

Stay save.

Love, Lucie xx

5 comments

  1. Well done, Lucie! This is a great dress, and you did a beautiful job – why not wear it to shop? You’ll look & feel great and you might not be the only one “dressed up.” You might also cheer up shoppers, too. Never know… 😘 😘

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  2. I bet you have had so many compliments for your pinafore dress! Lovely morning Love Ma. Xxx

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  3. This is a lovely dress Lucie – it looks great on you and, yes, wear it to Asda why not?
    I know what you mean about making clothing at the moment. I’d just finished a Cheyenne Tunic when it all kicked off so haven’t worn it yet. Now I’ve lost my clothes sewing mojo although my artsy fartsy craftsy mojo is in full swing. However, i’ve go all I need to make a pair of Megan Nielsen Dawn jeans and, since I’m living in jeans at the moment, maybe I could make a start on them especially as my Ginger jeans probably won’t fit me after lockdown as i’m eating more and exercising less than usual.

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    1. How is lock down in France? Same as here? What week number are you in? Do you get out? Unfortunately I’ve been laid off (I’m in construction) so plenty of time on my hands although I’m not sure when I found time to go to work! In between worrying about when the industry will pick up and my mum who’s in surgery tomorrow in North Wales I’ve lots to keep me busy. Strange times. Keep safe. X

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