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Tutorial: Winnie Pinnie...What´s Knot To Love

Jane REuter

I fell in love with the Winnie Pinnie pattern the moment I saw it.  It provides a modern twist on a classic style...it's eye catching and unique, yet timeless.  Better yet, the pattern looks equally as cute when made as a top as it does a dress.  

For this first version. I followed the pattern and directions as written, except for a few basic modifications to the skirt.  I wanted to include several fabrics from the Nicey Jane fabric line by Heather Bailey for Free Spirit.  So, I added a strip work skirt to show them off.   I love how sweet this fabric line looks combined with this pattern and I adore it even more in this field of wild flowers.

As I was sewing my original Winnie Pinnie, I couldn’t help but imagine what it would look like with a tie in the back instead of the buttons.  The pattern hack was super simple  (directions below) and I love the outcome.  It give is such a different look and I love getting more than one look from a pattern.  I chose a solid green woven cotton as my fabric choice because I wanted the modification to stand out.  I decided to go with a bright green color.  I always admire items made from this color and yet I seldom use it.  I'm so glad I did because it is so vibrant and fun.

On to the good stuff….directions:

  • The first thing I did was simply lay down my back bodice piece and evaluate it.  I looked at how much overlap the upper back button tab piece already had in the pattern.  I then determined how much I would need to lengthen that piece to have it long enough to tie.  I made a size 8 width and I added 5” to the end of the first tab.  For smaller sizes, you can decrease this.

  • I then marked the center point of the new edge of that part of the back pattern piece and brought it to a gradual point and trimmed it down.

You will now cut your 4 back bodice pieces using the new piece you created.  Follow the directions from this point on, except, omit the top button and tie the extended pieces in a knot.  This was such a fun little hack and I'm extremely happy with it.  I hope you guys will give it a try and share your pictures on the Little Lizard King Sewing Pattern facebook group. I mean why knot?  Get it?  Lol.