There are so many different types of aprons out there-by that I mean articles of clothing that are used as a sort of cover-up, which is my own definition of the big umbrella term apron. . .and pinafores are a type that I LOVE.(Um, what type do I not love?) I know you see most pinafores on young girls, but I think we change that (or not, no pressure, they are great on young girls, don't feel you can't make one for a luck young girl) but I want one for me-and I would love one just like this pattern here, too cool.
I think children's books will be a good resource for this. And I love this version here, which is in the flickr vintage apron pattern group from Suzy, (and if I am not mistaken, was shown to me over a year ago in an e-mail from Miss Hillary wee wonderful)
So what exactly is a pinafore? I think the key is that it's a full apron, with a bib or bodice, and has straps, or fabric that go over the shoulders in the back, (and usually cross but don't have too) and then it ties. . I think a lot of the smocks last theme could be called pinafores, so don't get too hung up on it. Of course, the back should be open. I will take whatever you can whip up, obviously, and for some of you historical garment buffs out there-here's some more info here and some distinctions. . .