InstructionsI haven't posted the pattern yet, but if anyone is interested I will try to put it up as a free pattern, flaws and all. Just need to figure out how to combine PDF files, but that shouldn't be too hard to do. The pictures here include several from the tutorial.
Cotton fabric, rick-rack.
What was your inspiration?
My niece is making a Goldilocks costume for her 4 year-old for Halloween this year. She wanted a vintage style pinafore pattern but since she and her husband are stationed overseas she was having trouble finding one. Ordering a pattern by mail was simply impractical, so I pitched in to design one for her and I sent pattern pieces and tutorials as PDF files by email. I made the pattern in a size 3-4 for her, and then I sewed up a pinafore so that I could create the tutorial for instructions. Now I have a little pinafore that can be used as a gift one of these days.
What are you most proud of?
I love designing aprons, but the tutorial was much harder for me. I'm not at all sure that everything in it is as clear as it should be, but I'm hoping it isn't too difficult to follow. The pattern is hand drawn, but it doesn't look as awful as I had feared, It wasn't planned, but there are some great shots of my 1951 Singer sewing machine. It's my workhorse and I use it for most of my straight stitch work.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Patience! Designing a pattern and creating a tutorial isn't something you do when rushed for time.
As for the sewing - just have fun with fabric and color choices. I used pieces from my quilting scrap stash.