Win the NEW Overmost and Pinafore Patterns OR Any Whipstitch Online Class with Kids Clothes Week!

tula pink bumble preschooler pinafore

In the wake of all the fun of sharing the new Learn As You Sew series and introducing the Get Up & Go Skirt with you, I have even more exciting stuff to share!  The Overmost and Pinafore, my very first two patterns that I ever released in PDF form to the general public, are getting a MAKE-OVER.

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The Overmost is one of my favorite styles to sew, and one of my most popular patterns ever.  As I was developing the Learn As You Sew series, it was only natural for me to think about how this pattern might look in that format!  I originally created the Overmost pattern way back in 2009, and PDF patterns have come a long, long (LONG) way since then–I would really like everything I do to continue to be to the very highest standard I am capable of producing, and for me that means giving this much-loved pattern an overhaul.

The Pinafore

Like the Overmost, the Pinafore is a really classic style that has sold well over the years–but since this pattern was created around the same time, it could use some sprucing up, too.  Which is exciting, because I love that these two designs have been so popular and continue to have something to offer to folks sewing for their children.  I want to always, always create designs that will stand the test of time, that have a unique and appealing look but that can also be adapted to your own needs easily, and be used to sew for the widest range of circumstances.

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One of the things that makes the (kinda giant) amount of work necessary to re-format these patterns worth it is that the Overmost is so unisex, and works great for boys and girls–there are a zillion amazing girl patterns out there, but so few that are awesome for boys that go beyond tees and pants, and I am truly honored that I can offer something that will enter into the realm of boys patterns to fill a gap.  So being able to re-format this pattern is a project that has been near and dear to me, that I’m super excited to offer.

girls dress bodice buttons buttonholesAnd I won’t say TOO much, but there’s a THIRD pattern for girls that will be available at the same time the Overmost and Pinafore re-release.  It’s another really classic, adaptable style that I think you’ll love and get a ton of use from.  Plus, it’s got a great twist to the pattern pieces that I’ve never seen in another pattern that I’m pretty tickled to show off to all of you.

What this means for YOU:

In the short term, what this means is that the Overmost and the Pinafore will NOT be available temporarily.  I’ve pulled the PayPal buttons from the pattern detail pages (but have left the pages live for you to view).  I know that means that some of you will be inconvenienced because you want the pattern NOW, but I’d rather not continue to sell the current format when the new format is being completed.


The good news is that TODAY, over on the Kids Clothes Week blog, you can WIN ALL THREE of these patterns!  You’ll get all three designs sent to you BEFORE they’re available to the general public in a few weeks, in their new, fancy, spruced-up format.  Whoo hoo!!  PLUS, there are TWO winners, and also up for grabs is free registration in ANY Whipstitch e-course–so if you’re not quite sure you’re up to sewing these patterns yet, you can take the Essential Sewing course; or if you want to work on your stretch fabric skills, you can hit the Sewing Knits course; or if you are thinking you want to start up your own crafty business, take the Crafty Business Basics course!  Lots of fun stuff over on their blog as we head into Kids Clothes Week–go HERE to read today’s post and enter the giveaway!  Each of the two winners can choose either the pattern pack OR the e-course–so much to pick from!

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Thanks for the excited response and support for these Learn As You Sew patterns, everyone.  I’m feeling really grateful and so excited to unveil them to all of you–and couldn’t be more happy that they’re being so well-received!  Here’s to what’s coming next!!

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  • Mary on Lake Pulaski
    October 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I love finding new patterns for kids clothes!

    • Deborah
      October 16, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Haha! Me, too!! Which makes me even more excited to re-boot these two, so I can share them all over again. I have some really cute variations to show off! 🙂

  • Angela
    October 16, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Just found your blog through KCW! What sweet, versatile patterns, and your e-courses sound great too. I’ve always wanted to start my own home-based sewing business, so Crafty Business Basics sounds like great information and inspiration:)

    • Deborah
      October 16, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Oh, hooray, and welcome! So glad to have you here!! Hope you’ll poke around a bit and let me know if you have questions! 🙂

  • Maureen
    October 16, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I have made the pinafore many times and it is my favorite pattern ever. I am excited to try your updated patterns. Whipstitch rocks!

    • Deborah
      October 16, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      I feel the same way about YOU, Maureen!! 🙂 I love the Pinafore–so sweet and it really sews up quickly, right? Am super excited to share the new version–woot!

  • Elizabeth
    October 16, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I love the overmost overalls, especially since they are gender neutral!

    • Deborah
      October 16, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      Exactly! I feel the same way–I used that pattern for all my children equally, and love how adaptable it is. I’m making a railroad pair for our boy right now, for when he plays Thomas, and another pair for our girl with little riffles. Same pattern pieces, just little twists to make it work for everyone! So pleased you like it, too!

  • Show and Tell Meg
    October 16, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    These are so adorable 🙂 I’d love to win any of the options!

    • Deborah
      October 16, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Thank you so much!! I’ll cross my fingers for you! 🙂

  • Pam B
    October 16, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Hiya!!! This is the first post I’ve gotten from you by email. YAY!!! I am in the process of signing up on Kids Clothes Week and would so love to win those patterns. Thanks for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!

    • Deborah
      October 17, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Oh, yay!! So glad the email option is working for you! Can’t wait to see what you make for KCW–isn’t it the funnest? 🙂

  • marjolein
    October 17, 2014 at 7:31 am

    yay, that is so exciting!

    • Deborah
      October 17, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Woot! 🙂

  • Cherie
    October 17, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Cute clothes! Since my kids aren’t so little anymore, one of your courses would be awesome!

  • Sabine
    October 17, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Hello! I’discovering your blog and work thanks to KCW, and I love it! Thank you for this giveaway! 🙂

    • Deborah
      October 17, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      I’m so glad you found me, and stopped to leave a comment! Hope you’ll tour around a bit and get comfy–glad to have you here!

  • auschick
    October 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I’d love to win these! They’re adorable! Great job 🙂

    • Deborah
      October 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks so much!! They’re super fun to sew, and I’m always surprised how often they can be adapted–both of them–to various events and costumes. I’m glad you like them!

  • Chelsea Rodriguez
    October 17, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    I would love to win!

  • Els coolen
    October 18, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Just found your blog via straight-grain, I love your creations.
    hope to win an ecourse so you can show me how to make these myself!!

    • Deborah
      October 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      Welcome! So glad you found your way over! I would love to have you join an e-course–so, so much fun. 🙂

  • Heidi K
    October 18, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Both patterns look so cute! I love that the Overmost is gender neutral.

    • Deborah
      October 18, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Oh, thank you!! I agree: I love a pattern than really and truly can be used equally for boys and girls. And I love having an option for girls that isn’t a dress! (Or for boys that isn’t cargo pants, for that matter.) So glad you like them!

  • Sharon
    October 18, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Both patterns are very cute!!

  • Cheryl@ Sew Can Do
    October 19, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Just love the fabrics you have in those photos!

  • Kassandra
    October 19, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I just found your website through KCW, and I love it! Especially these overalls! They make me want to have another little one just to make these. Maybe I will just have to find a cousin or two!

  • Melissa S
    October 19, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love the pinafore and Overmost patterns. I have a brand new granddaughter and would love to sew up some of both for next spring/summer in some of the awesome fabrics out there.

  • molly
    October 19, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Glad to know some new children’s clothes patterns! Thanks!

  • Jayme L.
    October 19, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Super cute stuff. I wish my teenagers were still little!

  • emilia
    October 20, 2014 at 4:14 am

    adorable!! popping over from KCW!!

  • Aukje
    October 20, 2014 at 5:00 am

    What a great idea those online sewing courses. It is always difficult to find time to do a sewing course that fits with your schedule, online is just perfect. I also love both patterns. I found your website through KCW.

  • Heather
    October 20, 2014 at 8:39 am

    I love your online classes!

    • Deborah
      October 20, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Oh, thank you, Heather!! I love you, too!! 🙂

  • Nikki
    October 20, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I took your Sewing for Children course a couple of years ago and ended up making lots of overalls AND pinafores – they were staples in my daughter’s wardrobe. Can’t wait to see your new pattern. While I’m waiting for it ( 😉 ), I’m intending to make your a Wherever Jacket from Savvy Stitches. Do you know whether a size 8 equivalent to a UK size 12? And would that fit a jumper underneath or is it quite tight fitting?! Autumn in the UK requires more than just a top and jacket!

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  • Patti
    March 17, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    We are expecting a new grandson in 2 months. Love the overmost, they will be perfect!