The Emma Pinafore

SS41 Emma pinafore holdout

Sew a new staple for easy layering with The Emma Pinafore sewing pattern in UK sizes 6-20. This easy-sew pinafore dress comes with two pocket styles and two lengths to mix and match.

Spring weather can be so unpredictable – one minute it’s gorgeous, get-your-frocks-out sunshine, the next it’s cloudy and breezy – so sew yourself a transitional staple to see you through all seasons with The Emma Pinafore in UK sizes 6-20 (US 4-18/EUR 34-48).

This feminine take on a utility style is perfect for layering with everything from cosy knits to favourite tees and features a V-neck bodice, gathered details, a wide waistband and two pocket styles and skirt lengths. We’ll be stitching one for every day of the week.

The Emma Pinafore pattern

The Emma Pinafore **SOLD OUT**

Dress sewing pattern was only available with issue 41, Simply Sewing magazine


UK sizes 6-20, US 4-18 and EUR 34-48

You will need

  • Main fabric: Pinafore A: 115cm (45in) width fabric x 3.1m (312yds) or 140cm (55in) width fabric x 2.7m (3yds) for all sizes
  • Pinafore B: 115cm (45in) width fabric x 2.2m (212yds) or 140cm (55in) width fabric x 1.8m (2yds) for all sizes
  • Lining fabric: 115cm (45in) width fabric x 60cm (24in)
  • Invisible zip: 56cm (22in)
  • Hook and eye
  • Matching thread

Fabric suggestions:

Medium-weight woven fabrics such as cotton, chambray and cord. Use cotton lawn or cotton voile for the lining.


  • Use a 1.5cm (58in) seam allowance.
  • Seam allowances are included on the pattern pieces.


  • Sew a simple lined bodice
  • Practise in-seam or patch pockets
  • Insert an invisible zip
  • Get the pattern

Emma pinafore pattern