A friend gave the Hittys two nice cotton hankies with embroidered corners…the Quimper Hittys were glad to get the raw material for a new pinafore…here I’ll show you how I made it. Click on any picture below to get into the gallery, and then use left and right arrows to navigate.
This pattern is drawn on quarter-inch squared paper
Choose which Hanky to start with.
Constance helps with Ironing the Hanky – it is important to get the surface completely flat to start with.
The pattern isn’t quite balanced on the hanky corner but it is positioned to centre the design.
I had decided on the light pink rickrack before I actually laid them all out!, then I decided on the darker one on the left of the picture.
The shoulder seams are sewn first – match an outside (back) strap with the opposite inside (front) strap, and sew right sides together with an eighth-inch seam.
both shoulders sewn and pressed open, time to add the rickrack.
Now sew the rickrack to the front of the pinafore using back-stitches…
I have started the rickrack at a lower corner, but do it however you like. Keep sewing, loop the rickrack through the armhole when you need to, and don’t worry if it looks like it is turning into a big snarl.
Keep sewing! This pinafore took about thirty inches of rickrack.
Finally the end is in sight!
I don’t cut the rickrack until I get to the end, because I am never quite sure exactly how much I will use, and I don’t want to waste even a centimeter of the baby rickrack which is pretty old and not available around here.
When the rickrack is all attached, fold it around to the reverse side of the pinafore, and topstitch using backstitches.
On the home stretch! Pretty much all of the edges are on the bias, so they won’t fray, but you do have to be careful while sewing that you don’t stretch the edges out of shape.
Constance helps with the final pressing – this will help the rickrack lie flat around the armhole and neck curves.
Rose demonstrates how to put it on, while Min casts hints about the second Hanky.