Last week I had a chance to test a new pattern for the lovely Rachael of Imagine Gnats! What is the pattern, you ask?...It's the "roly-poly", a sweet little reversible pinafore with a crossover back, buttons at the shoulders and a front pleat.
This part is particularly exciting to me, because the pattern (which is no longer for sale) that I had been using for pinafores like this, this and this stopped at size four. Boo. While those pinafores still do fit Violet (part of the beauty of pinafores is that they have such a long "shelf life") I am so happy to have a new pattern to be able to use for the years to come because Violet, and I, love pinafores and reversible things!
Oh, wait, the other cool thing about this pattern...pockets! I didn't actually do the pockets this go around due to time and fabric constraints. Oh yeah, and because I was sick, that Rachael is such a taskmaster! Just kidding, she did tell me to take a nap...I just couldn't wait to get started on the pattern. Anywho, everyone knows that kiddos love pockets! Heck, we ALL love pockets, right?! So, the addition of the in-seam pockets makes it oh so cool!
Rachael did a great job with this pattern. It is easy to follow and simple enough for the beginner sewer. She gives you a few different options for the pockets, or of course, sans pockets. The pattern is quick to put together and to sew. Rachael warned us that it can take a lot of fabric to make, considering it's reversible, etc. But, I found that you can always piece it together for a fun little mix-match version as well. This allows you to use some of your fun prints mixed with some solids as well.
I did it this way because I didn't have quite enough fabric to make each side all the same. But, no worries. I simply followed the instructions that Rachael gave for adding the in-seam pockets separately (but, as I mentioned, didn't add them) and cut one of the back flaps from a different fabric. I love the way it turned out! So fun and playful.
And, let me tell you, Violet loves it too! She was eager to wear it the next day to preschool.
I wished that I had had some fun buttons in my stash. I am severely lacking in the fun button department. Truthfully, I have a tiny button phobia and I try to avoid them, but I'm slowly getting over that between these buttons and adding buttons on Violet's new doll carrier. Practice, practice.
Also, I made Violet the size 5T. For the longest time she was "small for her age" but just recently she has gotten to be so tall! I'd say the pinafore is a touch big, but big in a good way, not in a way too big way but in a room to grow way!
So, hey, this is a fun pattern! It is versatile, it has pockets, lots of size range, pinafores are awesome, and kiddos love them!
Rachael has put out a call for pattern testers on her blog so if you are interested in giving pattern testing a try head on over to fill out her questionnaire! Also, check out Imagine Gnats (if you haven't already) so much good stuff! Become a "friend" of Imagine Gnats on Facebook, Rachael is always sharing good stuff there! And, you can find some of Rachael's other patterns here and here, which reminds me...I still need to give her padfolio a try...
Have a great day!
Oh, and the fabric...is lizzy house outfoxed (which I have been holding on to since last year's birthday dress)...pink linen leftover from this dress...and fabric from Joann that I had leftover from this pinafore and this fabric "basket" (I love this fabric, must get some more!).
**Update: the rolypoly pinafore pattern is now available here.