{Helen's Closet} York Pinafore

I'm back from the Sewing Weekender with a massive hangover (not that kind though) and feeling rather bummed that it went by so quickly. But, boy did I have fantastic weekend! And I even managed to sew something from start to finish. 
It's the York Pinafore from Helen's Closet and it fills me with joy. It was the perfect pattern to take with me. I finished it on the Saturday, even with all the chatting, and it was ready to wear on Sunday. It's a very simple pattern but if you're not a fan of bias binding, stay away. 🤣 The pattern offers 2 views. I went with the dipped neckline and patch pockets. My hip measurements put me in a size 10 but I thought the finished measurements of the 8 looked alright so I went with that. The top is a 6 though, which I graded out just at the bottom of the armholes/waist.
The fabric I used is this drill from Guthrie and Ghani, which I bought in June when I visited the shop with my friend Mel. It's the perfect fabric for this project and it was a joy to sew. It pressed beautifully, too. I was concerned it might be too heavy but it really isn't. I will be wearing this all year round because the colour is very versatile as well.
Now, can we take a moment to appreciate the size of these pockets? I mean, THANK YOU, HELEN! I hate it when I make something with pockets and when I put my hands in I can't help but think: "Bitch, please! 🙄 These are NOT pockets..." No danger of that here. I can fit my kindle in these babies. Hell, I can fit a small person in them! I asked a few people if they wanted to live in my pockets at the Weekender. No takers, sadly. 🤷‍♀️
The trickiest bit about sewing the York was attaching the binding around the bottom of the neckline. It's quite a dramatic curve and sometimes it feels like you're bound to get puckers as you're sewing. But if you take your time and sew with care, it'll work out in the end. I want to make another with the higher neck option and kangaroo pocket now.
I'm going to leave you with these photos, taken by Mel at the Sewing Weekender. We had to rush them because it was very nearly kicking out time and when I got home I noticed they're a bit blurry. But I like them anyway and they remind me of the weekend, which makes me happy.

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