Hello! Welcome to Make Thrift Buy, a show where YOU send me clothes and accessories that you’ve found on the internet, and I do my best to recreate them. Today’s episode was suggested by a whole bunch of you. I get it! A lot of you want to see me try and recreate a pinafore dress. So, let’s get started! I started out with this medium-weight floral fabric I got at the thrift shop. It’s actually a cotton quilt-cover, that I scored for $3!
I gave it a quick iron, then proceeded to use it to make a half-circle skirt. Now, I have already uploaded the full instructions on how to make yourself a half-circle skirt on my Youtube channel, so I won’t go through it in detail again. But I did EXACTLY the same thing that I did in that tutorial, including adding a waistband and a zipper. And here’s the finished skirt! To make this into a pinafore, I needed the following pieces: My finished half-circle skirt; Two rectangles of fabric with these dimensions; One piece of fusible interfacing with same dimensions; Two long strips of fabric with these dimensions; Two overall clips;
And two of these clips, which are either buckle sliders, belt sliders or double-loop sliders – I wasn’t entirely sure on the name. If you’re particularly short, you can take a couple of inches off this measurement. Or, if you’re particularly tall, like over 6ft, you can add a couple of inches. It’s also a good idea at this stage to hold your pinafore body up to your own human body, to make sure that the fit looks good for you. The first thing that I did was to iron the fusible interfacing onto one of the rectangle pieces. This is an optional step, but it will give your pinafore more shape. So I ironed the interfacing onto the WRONG side of one of the rectangle pieces. Then, I placed these two rectangle pieces RIGHT sides together – that is, so that the nice fabric sides are touching. Then I sewed them together using a straight stitch like this, leaving one of the longest sides not sewn. Then I snipped off the corners to make turning easier, and I turned this inside out. I also used some scissors to help me push the corners out. Then, to make it look more professionally-made, I top-stitched over these three edges like this. Next, I added the buttons onto the pinafore. I’m adding jean buttons to make it look more like the images that people sent me, and also, to allow for the pinafore straps to be adjustable. First, decided where I would like to place my buttons, and then I stuck the small sharp end of the button through the 3 layers of fabric, from the back. I then put the big end on top of this, put everything on top of some fabric to protect the button, then whacked them together with a hammer. I repeated this on the other side, to get this! Then, I finished off the bottom raw edge using my overlocker. If you don’t have an overlocker, but want neat, finished seams inside your garment, then back at this step you will need to sew almost all the way around, just leaving a SMALL gap for turning, instead of an entire side. Now I’m going to start constructing my pinafore by adding this rectangle bit onto my skirt! So I lined the skirt up with the rectangle piece, and used the zipper on the back to make sure that the rectangle was totally centered. However, I’m going to be attaching this rectangle onto the side without the zipper, so, onto the front of the skirt. I’m attaching the rectangle to the inside of the waistband. So, I pinned it onto the waistband, putting my pins in like this so they’re pointing upwards. I then flip the skirt over, and I’m now going to sew across the front of the skirt like this. I’m sewing on the front of the skirt just so I can keep this line of stitches as straight, neat and close to the edge of the waistband as possible.
And yes, before you ask – you can sew over your pins, as long as you put them in like I did – which is perpendicular to the direction that you’re sewing in! Now it’s time to add the straps! I folded these two long pieces of material in half length-ways, right-sides together. I lined them up with my buckle, so that I would know how much I had to narrow them by. Then, I sewed down this line to make a tube. And, I cut off the excess fabric.
I used this first strap that I made as a guide for exactly how wide my second strap needed to be, because I want them both to be the same width. And then, I started the somewhat tedious process of turning these tubes the right way around. When I finished turning them the right way around, I tucked the raw edges down inside the tube about 1 inch and I sewed over the top. I then also ironed and top-stitched down both sides of the straps, because that’ll help make it look nicer and a bit more professional. Now all that’s left to do is to attach the straps onto the back of the skirt. I place each strap 3 and a half inches away from the zipper on each side, and I pin them on, inside the waistband, with about half an inch hanging down below the waistband edge. And then I sew them on – again by top-stitching over the waistband. The last step is to attach the buckles. So for this, you need these two pieces. First, I threaded the strap through this doodad-slider, like this. Up, and down again. Then, I threaded the strap through the buckle. I then threaded it through the back of the slider, and I’ve got myself some adjustable straps! (Well not quite – check the description box) So, how does it look? How did I go? [music plays] And, because the straps are adjustable, they can be worn either like this, or criss-crossed! And, that’s it. I can’t stop looking at all the stitches and the top-stitching and the buttons on this – ’cause it looks so fricken professional! If you do happen to try out this tutorial, or any of my other tutorials, then please tag them with #diyannika on instagram. I would really love to see your takes on my tutorials! Give this video a thumbs up if you enjoyed it or found it useful, and I’ll see you all for my very next video. Bye!

DIY Pinafore – With Adjustable Straps! | Make Thrift Buy #24
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100 thoughts on “DIY Pinafore – With Adjustable Straps! | Make Thrift Buy #24

  • May 29, 2017 at 12:31 am
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    Hi Annika, I was just wondering, about how many yards of fabric did you use to make the pinafore? I'm going to Japan this summer and can't wait to go to Tomato haha, and I really want to buy some fabric to make one. Thanks!

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  • June 1, 2017 at 5:45 am
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    very nice

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  • June 13, 2017 at 7:03 am
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    But how much fabric do I need? I tried to eyeball and it looks like it's just over a yard but what would you say?

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  • June 28, 2017 at 10:07 pm
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    How many yards would you suggest buying?

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  • July 7, 2017 at 10:46 am
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    This is so inspirational and helpful. Thank you very much for uploading this tutorial!

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  • July 12, 2017 at 5:05 am
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    I wish you didn't wear that striped shirt under that dress, It really clashes in my eyes, But you still looked good either way.

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  • July 18, 2017 at 4:14 am
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    Oooooo!!! I've actually been playing around with the idea of making a pinafore dress for a little while now after I recently made my first actual piece of usable clothing and your tutorial seems super helpful if I decide to!

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  • August 1, 2017 at 8:06 pm
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    Does anyone else watch these thinking, "I want to make that!" but you're too lazy/scared to mess it up so you watch them ten times, hoping to get the courage to make them?

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  • August 2, 2017 at 3:24 pm
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    I actually did it! 😂😁😁 I got myself some nice fabric with flamingos on it and sew this 😍 love it. and I love your videos so much 🙂 thanks for making all these difficult things so easy for us 😘

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  • August 8, 2017 at 4:14 pm
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    I didn't have any backing when I made this and I made my square a little bigger, making it bunch and stick out- I added a few darts which brought it closer and it was perfect

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  • August 10, 2017 at 3:09 am
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    How many yards of fabric, approximately, would this project require?

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  • August 22, 2017 at 1:34 pm
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    Can i make this with denim?

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  • August 24, 2017 at 2:15 pm
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    Hi Annika, new fan here. There is a tool called a loop turner it woul make turning those loops much easier. you can get it on Amazon.

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  • August 26, 2017 at 9:23 am
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    Can I make this pinafore floor length by any chance?

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  • September 7, 2017 at 12:34 am
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    I love this so much! The fabric is divine 😍😍😍

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  • September 7, 2017 at 6:37 pm
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    Can a full circle skirt work too?

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  • September 20, 2017 at 9:28 am
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    Super cute. I can't wait to recreate this.

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  • September 25, 2017 at 8:07 am
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    Totally have to try this because i cant find any in my size

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  • October 5, 2017 at 4:50 am
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    I just made one myself! Between rehearsals school and homework it took me 2 days! I absolutely can't wait to wear mine tomorrow as I just finished it.

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  • October 9, 2017 at 7:47 pm
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    Try making a wedding dress please

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  • October 12, 2017 at 2:37 pm
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    Was just in Osaka and picked up some fabric with bread loafs all over it with this tutorial in mind. I'll tag you once I make it.

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  • October 18, 2017 at 10:10 pm
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    hi annika!
    i was just wondering if you could change up a skater dress into this pinafore? i have a dress that is a bit too short for me normally, and was hoping to alter it

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  • October 21, 2017 at 2:44 am
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    this turned out so cute : )

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  • October 22, 2017 at 1:04 am
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    Instead of a half skirt, could you use a circle skirt ? Or will it mess it up some how ?

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  • October 23, 2017 at 5:51 pm
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    could you also make the pinafore part detachable? I'm done making a circle skirt (thanks a bunch for your tutorial ^^) but I'm left with soooooo much extra fabric. Instead of making a skirt and a dress, could I make a detachable pinafore? This way, I can choose what I feel like wearing, a skirt or a dress ^^

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  • November 9, 2017 at 11:23 pm
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    this is a really cute tutorial, and reminded me that i want to make a pair of overalls some time! and now i know how i could make them, too. thanks!

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  • November 10, 2017 at 6:01 pm
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    if you sew a string to the inside of the strap first, it makes it easier to turn it inside out

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  • November 14, 2017 at 3:36 am
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    +Annika Victoria would it be different if you do it a full circle

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  • November 16, 2017 at 2:55 pm
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    I just made one of these myself. I'll be posting pics on Insta soon. I'll make sure to tag you!

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  • December 12, 2017 at 10:32 am
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    If you don't care if it's all the same fabric you could just do the body and straps in a different fabric and put them on an already sewn skirt right ??

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  • December 24, 2017 at 12:48 am
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    Really cute and smart!!!

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  • December 28, 2017 at 11:18 pm
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    I must say these videos were very easy to follow. Mostly thanks to all the measurements provided. It took me all afternoon because I hadn’t done any sewing in ages, but my daughter seemed excited to try on her new outfit. Ours was made out of black denim with lace at the hem. Will have to work on my stitching! Not super straight, but the objective of making my daughter happy was achieved! Thank you for this video, I hope to see more!

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  • December 31, 2017 at 2:42 am
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    This is absolutely adorable! I think it's my favorite thing that you made!

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  • January 2, 2018 at 6:00 am
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    Hi everyone! I have grand plans to make this pattern one day but the fabric I want to use is very stretchy and metallic on one side. Any advice? Mainly I’m wondering if I still need to use interfacing or if I should just use a more solid fabric for the top part & straps.

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  • January 5, 2018 at 2:41 am
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    HI just a tip, you can turn straps right sides out with a safety pin, just like when you thread elastic, same technique, way quicker.

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  • January 6, 2018 at 1:04 am
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    This would be even cooler with the square circle skirt

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  • January 7, 2018 at 11:19 pm
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    Me: I'm gonna go onto this gal's channel to make something with my new sewing machine I got!
    1 hour later
    Dangit…

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  • January 13, 2018 at 8:44 am
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    I made this yesterday with a non-strech fabric. I absolutely loved the way it turned out 🙂 I also made a pocket on the front of the chest-piece with a jeansbutton. I didn't have the things-that-you-don't-the-name-of-that-comes-with-the-clips in the same colour as the clips I was using, so I didn't use them. Instead I made the whole adjustable at the back, by putting two normal buttons on the inside of the waistband at the back of the skirt, and I made 5 buttonholes on the straps so I can adjust the length of the straps. However there is a tiny mistake in the video of the half cirkle skirt: you forgot to add a seam allowance (you only added a hem allowance for the bottom of the skirt). So the step you do when putting in the zipper (folding the sides of the skirt twice) would have made my whole skirt non-fitting if I didn't add a seamallowance there. The skirt would also be a bit shorter if I didn't add one for the top of the skirt to sew together with the waistband. I'm happy I have a little bit of experience and saw this on time, but because I was working with a nonstretch fabric this could have caused some serious problems. Maybe you could also tell your viewers in the comments of that video that you've forgotten that? Anyway thanks a lot for this video!

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  • February 5, 2018 at 3:57 am
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    Yaaaaassss! I changed the skirt to a gathered rectangle skirt, but i am almost done after a day of working on and off….i am thinking set strap lengths with big button details…. Thanks for this diy tutorial, you are my favourite sewing channel, zippers intimidated me until i watched you do them!!

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  • February 18, 2018 at 8:49 pm
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    I have to make this. It looks so adorable.

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  • February 19, 2018 at 1:56 am
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    Do a cute rectangle skirt with comic fabric 😍

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  • March 2, 2018 at 10:47 pm
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    make a japanese school uniform lmao

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  • March 6, 2018 at 3:09 am
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    How much fabric would you recommend getting for this

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  • March 6, 2018 at 3:24 am
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    Someone make me one please djdjjd

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  • March 12, 2018 at 3:49 am
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    I asked my mom if I could make this and she said that she'll buy me the supplies so I can make it over spring break I'm so excited!!

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  • March 26, 2018 at 1:27 am
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    That pinafore is cute as a button ^.^

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  • April 2, 2018 at 3:09 am
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    How tall are you?

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  • April 7, 2018 at 3:59 pm
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    This is so cute I want to make this for the summer

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  • April 8, 2018 at 6:37 pm
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    Any suggestions with installing the buttons? I ended up breaking the buttons with the hammer method

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  • April 24, 2018 at 6:43 pm
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    all the way back from 2018, cause i knew this video existed and i'm finally doing this

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  • April 29, 2018 at 1:34 pm
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    I made this this week!! Without the adjustable straps.

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  • May 21, 2018 at 2:03 pm
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    I don't wear dresses or skirts, but I do enjoy watching your videos. It's oddly relaxing to watch.

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  • May 24, 2018 at 2:01 am
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    i found your channel today and after binge watching a ton of your videos, i decided to order a sewing machine. so i guess i'll be watching a ton more of your videos once that comes in :))

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  • May 25, 2018 at 10:38 pm
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    That looks so great! 👍

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  • May 27, 2018 at 5:20 pm
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    That's grandma clothes 😐

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  • May 31, 2018 at 1:10 pm
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    Wow it looks amazing though I would wear it with a plain top

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  • May 31, 2018 at 5:41 pm
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    Woow amazing good job keep going

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  • June 28, 2018 at 1:33 am
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    would this also work the same war if you were attaching the top to shorts or pants to make overalls?

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  • July 10, 2018 at 11:37 pm
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    This is perfect!! Thank you

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  • July 28, 2018 at 6:50 am
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    Can you make a pinafore dress with any fabric or should you buy a specific one?

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  • July 31, 2018 at 11:48 pm
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    9×11 dimensions. Very nice Annika

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  • August 18, 2018 at 2:54 am
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    can I replace the half circle skirt with a pleated one instead?

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  • August 18, 2018 at 5:11 am
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    Can you also do this with jeans or shorts to make dungashorts/dungarees?

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  • August 18, 2018 at 8:34 am
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    Oml watching ur videos is making it so more easy to sew and stuff

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  • August 19, 2018 at 4:58 pm
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    You should try the trick for turning tubes where you see the tube with a small piece of ribbon in the fold away from your stitches, safety pin it in one end and pull out the other and it will turn the tube in seconds.

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  • August 28, 2018 at 7:29 am
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    Love from India 😘

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  • September 8, 2018 at 1:43 pm
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    I love your tutorials!
    I need reminders of what I've made decades ago as well as using new better fibers than what was available back in my day. Menopause is the first step in forgetfulness then onto senior moments/brain farts ….

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  • September 8, 2018 at 1:56 pm
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    BTW, always wash cotton fabric in cold water to prevent unwanted fading whether its new or recycled fabric. Adding RIT Color Stay to your cold wash can also be helpful w/fabric you have not dyed yourself. A few of my recycled high quality garments have had the color semi-restored to original brightness …

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  • September 21, 2018 at 10:12 am
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    Anyone else confused about how to finish the straps?

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  • September 26, 2018 at 9:51 am
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    Beautiful

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  • October 2, 2018 at 3:00 am
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    I love this!! I want to learn how to sew!!

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  • October 7, 2018 at 4:15 am
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    I just tried out the half circle skirt tutorial and LOVED IT but I have so much extra fabric I’m gonna turn it into this pinafore now lol

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  • October 14, 2018 at 5:17 am
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    Oooo I’m gonna make one for my aunt!

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  • October 30, 2018 at 1:17 am
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    Came here from your wearing a week's worth of "you made" outfits to say that you inspired me to make a floral pinafore out of some fabric I have been struggling to use up for about 6 months. 🙂

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  • October 31, 2018 at 3:27 pm
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    I suggest you use a stick or a pencil to turn the two tubes inside out. It takes a shorter time whenever I do that.

    Btw, I love your vids!!! Inspires me to recreate them even though I lack cloth :")

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  • November 12, 2018 at 8:16 pm
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    Even though this is old and idk how if you'll even see this but if you ever need to turn a strap you can use a crochet hook to make it easier!

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  • November 30, 2018 at 4:58 am
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    Question: when cutting out the rectangle pieces for the top half of the dress, do you make them to your size or are the dimensions provided for a one size dress?

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  • December 3, 2018 at 2:02 pm
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    Can anyone advise me on how much fabric need for this please?

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  • December 15, 2018 at 6:34 pm
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    How much fabric did you purchase to make this?

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  • January 1, 2019 at 9:59 pm
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    Have you ever do this but with shorts? I wan to try it but I'm so lost :c

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  • January 20, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    Is it possible to make something like this from an old pair of jeans?😕 anyway, new subscriber!😄❤

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  • January 24, 2019 at 12:11 am
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    ❤❤❤

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  • January 31, 2019 at 5:44 pm
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    This is definitly a project that ill try for summer 😮

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  • February 2, 2019 at 12:07 am
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    How many yards of fabric is needed for this?

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  • February 16, 2019 at 3:19 am
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    Please help me I want to make this but I don’t know where to buy the buckles ? Please tell me where I could buy them and how much they cost

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  • February 24, 2019 at 9:49 pm
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    I know that this video is really old, but this is GORGEOUS 😍😍 I’m so in love with your videos and your personality!!

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  • February 28, 2019 at 2:06 am
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    where can you get cord fabric or just thick ish (denim like ) fabric?

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  • March 6, 2019 at 4:43 am
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    I wish I could sew

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  • March 23, 2019 at 11:38 pm
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    This is so effing cute!!!!💖

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  • March 29, 2019 at 3:34 pm
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    Could this tutorial also be done with your no zip circle skirt tutorial rather then thr half circle skirt?

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  • May 1, 2019 at 4:03 pm
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    O M G ITS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!

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  • May 2, 2019 at 5:08 pm
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    Advice for Annika Victoria: when turning the straps right side out, you can use a safety pin to help! (If you don't understand, I can explain)

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  • May 15, 2019 at 9:40 pm
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    One of my favorite pieces you have made! Adorable! Love your content!

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  • May 22, 2019 at 4:50 pm
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    This is years old but what a wonderful tutorial. It has truly blessed me. Thank you Annika!

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  • June 15, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    You can actually use safety pins to turn the tubes inside out, it's way easier.

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  • July 10, 2019 at 4:55 am
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    😊😍👍👍👍loved it thx

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  • July 12, 2019 at 3:02 pm
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    Make sure you are not using a quilting "sharp" needle before you sew over pins. Sharps are made to pierce the fibers, not slide between, and they will break if you hit a pin.

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  • July 26, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Does knee length pinafore looks good?

    I love this it's so cute 😍 but I live in small town where no wears short dresses but I really want to try this so like knee length midi would look good?

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  • September 27, 2019 at 6:38 am
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    How many yards do you think would be needed?

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  • October 29, 2019 at 6:02 am
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    Can we do this with fleece?? This looks so easy to make (thank you!!) and would love to make some for my girls to get some holiday pictures 😊

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