A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to sign up for a blog tour hosted by Rachael (of Imagine gnats) featuring her fantastic new pattern, the Roly-Poly Pinafore. I sewed up the pattern quickly with no difficulty at all in just a couple evenings, but finding the time to photograph the finished result on Charlie when I wasn’t traveling for work, the weather was warm enough and she was a) awake b) in a good mood was tough. Like “oh-my-gosh-it’s-already-the-29th!!” tough.
Luckily, at the last minute, yesterday was a warm and sunny day and Charlie had a great nap at daycare, which gave us some extra after-work hang out time. That good fortune, combined with her newfound love of climbing up + down (+ up….+ down..) our front steps made for a super fun little photoshoot.
Charlie’s version is sewn out of a grey stretch denim I got for a steal at Gaffney’s, and it is lined with seersucker, also a Gaffney’s find.
The pattern is easy to customize, can be made with or without pockets, and reversible or not. I added piping to the neckline and made the buttons and pockets out of the same fabric. (I can’t remember what it is called or where I got it, but it is geometric triangles, and I bought it last fall.)
In the midst of a hard-core piping-obsession, intended on adding it around the entire piece, but due to the fabrics I used it was too heavy and stiff.
In addition to the pinafore, I made a pair of self-drafted bloomers (traced from a pair she has from a stor bought dress) out of the seersucker so she can wear the pinafore mid-summer without a onesie when it gets crazy hot here in Philadelphia.
All in all, the pattern creates a little dress that is super cute, easy to make, fun to customize and super practical that I’m sure she’ll get a ton of use out of! In fact, it is so hot here – dare I say it, too hot to knit! – that I think I’m going to go upstairs and sew another one for her to wear this weekend.
• Pattern: Roly-Poly Pinafore by Rachael of Imagine Gnats
• Fabric: Outer: grey stretch denim, lining: grey + white seersucker. Buttons, piping + pockets: mystery quilting cotton
• Size: one year
• Date: April 2013
If you want to check out the full line-up of the incredible bloggers featured in the Roly-Poly-Along, check out the initial post by Rachael about the blog tour here!