“the roly-poly is a pinafore-style tunic top with crossover back that fastens at the shoulder with two buttons. it features clean lines, neckline pleat, optional in-seam pockets, and is reversible. whether you layer your roly-poly with a colourful cardi and skinnies, pair with your favourite summer skirt, or use as a keep-clean smock, this tunic fits perfectly into the wardrobe of the easy, simple days of childhood.”
Originally, I was planning on using some of my new organic linen/organic cotton blend fabric, but it isn’t arriving for another couple of days. Then I had a brain wave and decided to use one of the fat quarters I received in the handprinted fabric swap.
The fat quarter I received from Cumquats and Quinces, was a beautiful rain print on an organic cotton/hemp blend base fabric, that feels wonderful!! I tried out a few different fabrics for the back pieces until I settled on two pieces from the Birch Fabric’s organic cotton Mod Basics range: dottie cream aqua and mod solids aqua. This coordinated well with the white and aqua eco-buttons (made from recycled polyester and cotton fibres) and the organic cotton sewing thread in sea foam (I used a small amount of organic cotton sewing thread in natural, just to sew the pleat on the lining). The lining fabric is organic cotton batiste and I cut it out as one piece. The pattern is for sizes 6m to 10 and I made a size 4 roly poly.
Because the mod basics fabric was a lighter weight than the organic cotton/hemp blend, I also used Vilene medium white iron-on interfacing, to try and balance it out.
I added an organic cotton fabric label from Ananemone. They look so good! It was great to finally use them!
I omitted the in seam pockets, because lets face it, I saw the rain fabric and couldn’t help myself; I had to make cloud pockets! I used Kunin Eco-Fi Felt in light blue and white. I created my own pocket template, cut out the clouds from the felt. Then I top stitched around the top part of the cloud and then top stitched the bottom half to the pinafore front, using the pocket marks on the pinafore pattern, as a guide to placement.
I hope you liked my version of the roly-poly pinafore!
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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