The Roly-Poly Pinafore sewing pattern (in pdf) was recently released by my friend, Rachael, of Imagine Gnats. I jumped at the chance to review her pattern because I just feel so dang proud when I see fellow bloggers, friends of mine, begin releasing patterns. Based on Rachael’s reputation for attention to detail and her absolute LOVE of the sewing craft, I knew her pattern would be a pleasure to sew. It was.
Honestly, my favorite thing about this pattern is that it’s accessible to beginners. Most of the patterns I currently sew are meant for intermediate sewists, or at least people who can stomach sewing five (or more) button holes for one outfit. When I first started sewing, I was always looking for simple patterns with a dramatic effect; projects that wouldn’t leave me too frustrated with finicky details. This is exactly that sort of pattern. It’s quick, well-fitting, adorable, and made me feel happy. And who doesn’t want to feel happy while they sew?
The pinafore style makes this top perfect for Spring and Summer. You might not believe me, but it was over 90 degrees here today! And it’s only going to get worse this summer! My kids are in serious need of some breezy clothing, which means this pinafore is going to make an appearance in her wardrobe more than once. I already have another on the cutting table, and I almost NEVER sew the same pattern twice in a row. (Rachael, I’m serious. I almost never do this!)
- I made the reversible version, and added buttons to the inside of the pinafore in addition to the outside buttons. I wasn’t able to get pictures of the reverse side yet, but once I do I’ll post them here for sure!
- I used fabrics from the Indian Summer line by Sarah Watson for Art Gallery Fabrics. These prints are perfect for summer and better yet, Abby didn’t complain about not wearing pink!
- This is a size 3T, with no alterations.
- I added the pockets. (This pattern has GREAT instructions for the pockets).
- Construction time was approximately 2 hours from start to finish. That includes the buttons and button holes. Like I said, quick and simple.
Some pictures of the reverse view are below. This is my favorite way for Abby to wear the pinafore, but these pics were snapped inside right before picking up my oldest from school, so they aren’t as pretty as the outdoor ones.
I also made Abby a couple pairs of Summer Shorts to go with her Roly Poly Pinafore. I’ve been working on a few more sizes for my FREE Summer Shorts Pattern, and these are a size 3T. I’ll keep you posted when (if) I have the time to grade it to more sizes. (I reeeally hope I can!)
That’s all for today! I encourage you to head on over and pick up one of Rachael’s Roly Poly Pinafore patterns. I received the pattern free for review, but all the opinions in this post are (absolutely) my own, and I would have bought the pattern anyway!
Now, TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: Please leave a comment below telling me how hot it gets in your area over the summer, and why you would like to win the Roly-Poly Pinafore pattern. I can’t wait to read your answers! I’ll leave the giveaway up until Saturday at midnight EASTERN time and announce the winner here on Monday. Good luck!
Take a moment to check out the Flickr Group, and the other ladies on the Blog Tour. It’s a talented group:
Thanks Rachael, for the chance to be a part of your tour. Happy sewing, everyone!