My Spring Pinafore - Sewing the York From Helen's Closet Patterns!

Caley Vitella
by Caley Vitella
5 Materials
3 Hours

If you've got some serious sewing spring fever, then you NEED to get this pattern into your hands ASAP! Sew with me as I make a seasonal staple- an overall dress that's cute and comfy just in time for spring. Watch this video for the step-by-step tutorial and my full sewing pattern review.

I am a sucker for any garment I can throw over my body in under 30 seconds and call an outfit, so the York Pinafore has been on my radar for a while. I made this version in a straight size 12 based on my measurements in View A. I made no adjustments what-so-ever to this pattern and I am really pleased with the easygoing fit.

The only snag I ran into was realizing that I had no bias binding available to make this pattern! Luckily I had some polka-dot printed cotton sitting in my closet hoping to be used, so I was able to make a few yards of my own bias tape.

After that was done, making this piece was a breeze! It didn’t take up much time at all and could easily be sewn up in an afternoon or in a few short sessions as I did because…y’know, Mom Lyfe. What I love about Helen’s Closet Patterns is that she takes time and care to really break down her steps in a clear and encouraging tone. The steps of this pattern were also manageable with clear stopping points, so it’s easy to make a gameplan of what you want to accomplish each time you sit down at the machine. When all was said and done, this project probably took me about 5 hours to complete, including the time spent printing and assembling my PDF pattern pieces and making my bias tape. So, about 3 hours of actual sewing time.

I cannot wait to make another one of these. This is also the first pattern I’ve sewn up that I wouldn’t make any adjustments to on my next go-around! I love it just the way it is, and I want an entire army of York’s in my closet NOW!

What spring staple have you got on your sewing table these days? I’d love to hear your suggestions! Until next time,

Happy Making!




PATTERN:  The York Pinafore from  Helen’s Closet View A, patch pockets.

FABRIC:  Tencel twill in Copper from  Blackbird Fabrics

NOTIONS: Self-made bias tape.

SIZE: I made a straight size 12. Relaxed fit, but true to size.

  • B: 37.5″
  • W: 31″
  • H: 40″
  • Height: 5’4″


Suggested materials:
  • 6 oz Tencel twill fabric   (Blackbird Fabrics)
  • The York Pinafore Sewing Pattern   (Helen's Closet)
  • Bias Binding   (me-made (available at JoAnn's))
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  • Rachel Jonas Rachel Jonas on Mar 24, 2021

    Such a cute dress!

  • Barbara Edwards Barbara Edwards on Apr 10, 2021

    Where and how do you buy the pattern?

    • Caley Vitella Caley Vitella on Apr 10, 2021

      It's a downloadable PDF pattern you can print at home available from If you click the highlighted link ("York Pinafore" in my details section) you'll be taken directly to the pattern to find out more info and purchase!