Welcome to day 8 of the Roly Poly Along!
I was super excited when Rachael, the sweet genius behind Imagine Gnats, asked me to take part in the Roly Poly Pinafore blog tour. Not only has she written a fantastic first pattern, she also happens to be a creative inspiration to me. She has so much enthusiasm and energy and always seems to be bursting with ideas. It’s hard not to feel motivated by a person like that!
I had the chance to test The Roly Poly Pinafore before its release and I can tell you it is a wonderful pattern. It is available in PDF format, in sizes from 6 months to girl’s size 10, and is reversible. Do you know how much I love reversible children’s clothes? A lot!
I decided to make one to use as an apron for A although she wears it all the time as a tunic and even sometimes as a dress. The pinny I made is actually a little too short to wear as a dress but if you add some length to the pattern you can certainly have a pinafore dress version. I chose Melody Miller’s Ruby Star Sparkle Rollerskates for one side because I have lofty dreams of someday being as cool as that print. There is a giant pom pom on that rollerskate, friends. You do see that, don’t you?
I used this calming fish print for the reverse side, because after a hard night at the roller disco a girl needs to relax. You may be wondering why I didn’t choose fabrics solely with my dear little A in mind. Well, if you know anything about this girl right now you will know that if it isn’t pink it isn’t happening. Sometimes you just have to go with the disco skates and hope the little monkey will wear it when the time comes.
She wore it. Double high five self in the mirror. One thing I love about this pattern is how versatile it is. I went super simple with mine and made it without pockets and with snaps instead of buttons. Snaps make it easier for A to take off by herself and I think they are fun to insert into a garment. Plus I am lazy. Snaps are the escalator, buttons are the stairs, no? Don’t judge me too harshly for not deleting that sentence before I published this.
This pattern is perfect for sewers of any skill level. It is intended as a beginner pattern but you definitely don’t need to be a beginner to enjoy making a roly poly pinafore. You can some other adorable pinafores in the Imagine Gnats flickr group here. There are some amazing versions out there! If you are a beginner sewer I really do recommend this pattern as a great place to start. The fact that it is reversible means all seams are safely hidden away inside so you don’t have to worry if your seam finishes don’t look perfect. Once you have your pattern and fabric prepared you can make a pinafore in no time too. This was one of the quickest garments I have made so far! And Rachael’s pattern instructions are very well-written and easy to understand.
How would you like to win a Roly Poly Pinafore pattern? Rachael has very generously offered to give away a pattern to one reader here. Simply leave a comment here telling us what fabrics you would use if you made the Roly Poly.
Comments will remain open until Sunday 26th 11pm (Tokyo time) and I will announce the winner here on Wednesday. In the meantime don’t forget to visit the other blog tour guests and see what they have created with their Roly Poly Pinafore pattern!
5.13 Jill Made with Moxie / Stephanie The Crafty Kitty
5.14 Stephanie NeurosesGalore / Cherie you & mie
5.15 Ari Max California / Caila Caila Made
5.16 Veronica SewVery / Tara Girl like the sea
5.17 Nancy owen’s olivia / Adrianna Crafterhours
5.20 Ajaire Call ajaire / Sarah EmmylouBeeDoo
5.21 Laura Craftstorming / Jessica a little gray
5.22 Frances Miss Matatabi / Nicke kiss kiss quilt
5.23 Amy formwork design / Kat Sew Chibi
5.24 Joanne Rose & Dahlia / Amanda Kitschy Coo
5.27 Celina Petit a Petit and family / Delia Delia Creates
5.28 Christy a.Amelia handmade / Carolyn Fake It While You Make It
5.29 Bonnie Fishsticks Designs / Maria La Inglesita
5.30 Jane Buzzmills / Kate Things for Charlie
5.31 Polly Jack & GeeGee / Molly Rose & Odin
Update May 23rd. I have just realised my blog comment function is not working. If you have left a comment for the giveaway but cannot see it here that means I did not receive it. I’m going to temporarily suspend the giveaway until I can get it worked out and I will make another announcement when comments are open again. I apologize for the trouble and thank you for understanding. xo