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Leo pinafore dress (pattern expansion)

£ 5.50

Leo pinafore dress (pattern expansion)

Sizing Chart

£ 5.50

 *This pattern is only available as a PDF download for you to print at your local copyshop or at home. For help with the downloading, printing and assembling process, please see this post.


This bonus variation of the Leo Dungarees pattern is all you’ll want to wear on hot Summer days! The Leo expansion is a loose and swishy pinafore dress that can be cut to any length you like. Wear over T-shirts and tank tops, or a button-down shirt tied in front. With endless scope for hacking and customisation, this pattern is sure to be the foundation for many a favourite make!

Please note, in order to make this pattern, you will also need the Leo Dungarees pattern. From the drop down menu above, you can choose to purchase either the Leo dungarees + expansion as a bundle OR just the expansion (if you already have the Leo Dungarees). If you want to find out more about the Leo Dungarees pattern, please click here.

Multi-sized sewing pattern from UK 6 / US 2 up to UK 34 / US 30

Check out #bhlLeoPinafore on Instagram to see how other people have made this pattern!

Natural fibres and floaty, drapey weaves are the key to your comfiest and swishiest Leo! We love viscose challis, viscose twill, viscose/cotton linen blends, soft/enzyme washed linen, double gauze, chambray and flannel.

For our sample, we used a deadstock viscose linen from Rainbow Fabrics.

These photos were taken during the 3rd UK lockdown in March 2021. I (Elisalex; founder of BHL) modelled the dress myself, did my own (minimal!) makeup, and snapped the photos on my phone mounted on a tripod. To see this pattern on more people and different figures please check out #bhlLeo.

45" / 1.15m
Sizes UK6-16: 2.7m / 3yds
45" / 1.15m
Sizes UK18-24: 3m / 3.3yds
45" / 1.15m
Sizes UK26-33: 4.4m / 4.8yds
60" / 1.5m
Sizes UK6-16: 2.3m / 2.5yds
60" / 1.5m
Sizes UK18-24: 2.8m / 3.1yds
60" / 1.5m
Sizes UK26-34: 3.1m / 3.4yds
  • Your main fabric
  • Matching thread
  • A loop turner
  • Your usual tools & sewing supplies

Leo's sizing is a little different to most of our other patterns in that there is no shaping at the bust, meaning that we were able to grade the pattern straight from a UK 6-34 without the need for two different size bands!

Please see images on the left for Leo's sizing and finished measurements chart.