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JOAN | pinafore dress

JOAN | pinafore dress

Designed and Handmade in Lancashire

This pinafore has all the hallmarks of our Withnell dresses; soft, easy and versatile. The Joan pinafore is made in a velvety soft corduroy or a washed canvas.  Cut with a  full skirt that gently gathers from the waist,  deep pockets are lined with  a contrasting  cotton trim, a front bib pocket is topstitched with the Withnell W. 3 buttonholes allow you to adjust the shoulder straps for comfort. Available in 2 lengths. 

  • Model is a UK size 10  wearing a size 2 
  • 100%  cotton
  • Wash at 30 degrees. 
  • Medium iron as required.

It is a  2-3  week schedule from order to dispatch.

If in doubt about your size, please contact us at

The Story

Joan was my mums sister. During WW2 Joan worked at Euxton Royal Ordnance Factory. The girls wrote messages and attached them to the munitions that they made. One soldier started to write to Joan and he came to visit her. He gave my mum a handkerchief and inside it was a peach. She had never seen a peach before and she marvelled at its velvet skin. She kept it wrapped in the tissue and placed it in a drawer until her mum told her to eat it before it rotted. Joan is one of the first designs that we developed. It is inspired by the workwear that the girls wore in the munitions factories.  

Sustainability & Ethics

We only cut garments once an order has been placed. Our off-cuts are repurposed to make accessories.

All our materials are made from natural fibres.  

We design, make patterns, samples  and your garments  in house.  

Every Withnell garment comes with a repair kit to maintain your garment for longer.

We offer repairs for trickier jobs.

Regular price £180.00
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