The roly-poly-along blog tour

I am so, so excited to be taking part in the Imagine GnatsRoly-Poly-Along Blog Tour! I also get to GIVEAWAY a copy of the Roly-Poly Pinafore Pattern, to one lucky reader!

“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.”

The Crafty Kitty | Roly Poly Pinafore

I was one of the testers for this pattern and I have now made 3 roly-poly’s (this one, one in KCW and one during testing), well 4 if you include this doll version…

The Crafty Kitty | Doll Roly Poly Pinafore

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 Crafty Kitty | Roly Poly Pinafore

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.

The Crafty Kitty | Roly Poly Pinafore (Back)

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.

The Crafty Kitty | Organic Fabric Label

I added an organic cotton fabric label from Ananemone. They look so good! It was great to finally use them!

The Crafty Kitty | Felt Cloud Pocket

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!

Hands up… who wants to win a copy of the pattern?! 

I am going to leave the giveaway open until the end of the tour (see dates and stops below).

To enter:

  • Leave a comment. Suggestions: your ideas for making a roly-poly pinafore, or who you would make one for!

For extra entries (leave one comment for each)…

make sure to follow along for the rest of the roly-poly-along blog tour…

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

the roly poly along blog tour button

 

95 thoughts on “The roly-poly-along blog tour

  1. May 13, 2013 at 10:05 am

    ohhh I LOVE the little cloud pockets! i would make them for my niece.

  2. May 13, 2013 at 10:06 am

    i follow the crafty kitty on fb
    melle eldridge

  3. May 13, 2013 at 10:07 am

    i follow gnats on fb

    melle eldridge

  4. May 13, 2013 at 10:07 am

    and i follow stitch organics on fb

    melle eldridge

  5. Deb Davidson
    May 13, 2013 at 11:24 am

    How adorable! I am making dresses to send to Haiti and wouldn’t this be an adorable addition!!!

  6. deb davidson
    May 13, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I follow Stitch Organics on FB

  7. deb davidson
    May 13, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I follow Imaginats on FB

  8. Claire chilvers
    May 13, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I would love to make matching dress for my two girls 3years and 3months would be so cute!

  9. May 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I love it! that clouds and rain are beautiful!
    I’d make one for my girl 😀 Thanks for the chance.

  10. May 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I follo Stitch Organics on FB

  11. May 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I follow The Crafty Kitty on Facebook

  12. May 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I also follow imagine gnats on Facebook

  13. May 13, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I have a vintage pattern similar to this one, that I used to make my daughter’s first birthday outfit. I’d love to be able to make more for her; the pattern I have is only one size!

  14. May 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I like Stitch Organics on Facebook.

  15. May 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I like The Crafty Kitty on Facebook

  16. May 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I like Imagine Gnats on Facebook

  17. May 13, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I love the fabric and those pockets are adorable! I would make one for a friends daughter, my daughter, and so many other people!

  18. May 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I follow Imagine Gnats on FB

  19. May 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I follow Crafty Kitty on FB.

  20. May 13, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I follow Stitch Organics on FB.

  21. Randi W
    May 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    So nice! I would make one for my daughter:)

  22. Randi W
    May 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I follow Imagine Gnats on FB:)

  23. Randi W
    May 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I follow Stitched Organics on FB:)

  24. Claire Murphy
    May 13, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I have two little pickles who would love me to make this for them :)

  25. May 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Love this pattern and my girls would look adorable in it!

  26. Leilani
    May 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I would love to make one of these for my 4 month old. And maybe a matching one for my cat, if he’ll have it! lol

  27. Leilani
    May 13, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I’m following stitchorganics on facebook

  28. Leilani
    May 13, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I’m following the crafty kitty on facebook

  29. Leilani
    May 13, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I like imagine gnats on facebook

  30. May 13, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I’m not entering the giveaway, because I already own the pattern, but I just wanted to say that your version is the cutest thing EVER. I love it soooo much. Seriously, seriously, perfect. That’s all!

  31. May 13, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I’m not entering the giveaway but just wanted to say that this is adorable! That stamped fabric is lovely and how cute are those cloud pockets!

  32. buntyw
    May 13, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Great pattern!
    I’d make a roly poly for Stella!

  33. May 13, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    I think I’d use a simple toddler coloring book image and put applique on the Roly Poly.

  34. May 13, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Wow your version is super cute, I’m just thinking whether I could persuade my 6 and 8 yr olds to wear one!

  35. May 13, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I absolutely love your version! The pockets are a brilliant touch, love it!

  36. Heidi G
    May 14, 2013 at 12:29 am

    I LOVE the way you made this dress! I would make the Roly Poly for my best friend’s daughter.

  37. May 14, 2013 at 2:34 am

    This is SO cute! I love the fabric you used so much, and the cloud pockets rock!

  38. lynn
    May 14, 2013 at 2:49 am

    i’ve been eyeing this pattern and wanting to make it for a dear friend’s daughter’s 3rd birthday present. whew. i think you’re version is so lovely. i’ve been having fun obsessing on fabrics to use and i would love to win a copy of the pattern. thanks!

  39. May 14, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I would love to make one……who am I kidding I would make several for each of my nieces (I have 8 brothers and sisters and too many nieces and nephews to count ; ))

  40. Mary Jo
    May 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Ah! So cute with those pockets! I would love to do something similar for my daughter!

  41. Michele Minehart
    May 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    That is amazing! I love the painted fabric. My 3 yo would love one of these for craft time!

  42. Michele Minehart
    May 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I follow Imagine Gnats on FB

  43. Grace
    May 14, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Oh wow, this is so cute. I love the pockets and think some flowers instead of clouds would be lovely on something floral. I would make one for my good friend’s daughter…

  44. May 14, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    geez… this is adorable! I’d love to make one for my 5 year old gal… she loves anything reversible!

  45. May 15, 2013 at 1:47 am

    I would love to make one for my daughter. She just turned 3.

  46. May 15, 2013 at 1:47 am

    I follow imagine gnats on fb

  47. Elizabeth
    May 15, 2013 at 2:24 am

    I am SO in love with this! I *need* to make this for my 2.5 year old daughter! I also Followed Stitch Organics on Facebook, and The Crafty Kitty on Facebook, and Imagine Gnats on Facebook for the additional entries. <3

  48. May 15, 2013 at 5:17 am

    Yo me acabo de comprar el patron.. que ganas tengo de ponerme a coser..!!

  49. usairdoll
    May 15, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Your roly-poly is too cute! How clever to think of making clouds for pockets, awesome job. Just had a baby shower last weekend for a family member so this would be a great gift for this summer, since they are having a girl.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  50. usairdoll
    May 15, 2013 at 5:52 am

    I’m a follower of Stitched Organics on FB.

    Thanks again for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  51. usairdoll
    May 15, 2013 at 5:53 am

    I’m a follower of The Crafty Kitty on FB.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  52. usairdoll
    May 15, 2013 at 5:54 am

    I’m a follower of Imagine Gnats on FB.

    Thanks again for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  53. Dana
    May 15, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I had one exactly like that when I was little and it’s still around but tiny. I would definately make one for each of my girls. I’m thinking maybe patchworking fabric and cutting the pinafore out of it.. Thanks for the chance!

  54. May 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Oh you are so clever! Your use of the 3 different fabrics in the tunic is wonderful, not to mention those adorable pockets!
    I’m so happy to see what you created with my Rain fabric. 😀

  55. Pattij
    May 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I’d love to make dresses for my granddaughters!

  56. May 15, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I’d love to make this for my daughter!

  57. erin p
    May 16, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Beautiful. I’d love to make that.

  58. May 16, 2013 at 2:46 am

    I would make this for my wee one Matilda for sure.

  59. Elaine
    May 16, 2013 at 8:57 am

    My daughter Cameron loved seeing this and asked if I could make her one too. The cloud pockets are so adorable!

  60. May 16, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Oh! Your roly poly is adorable! I would make one (or a few) for my daughter. She is 19 months and is finally at the age where I can sew dresses for her (without her crawling on the hem!). Thanks for the chance to win!

  61. May 16, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I follow Stitch Organics on FB

  62. May 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I follow the Crafty Kitty on FB

  63. May 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    And I follow Imagine Gnats on FB. Easy entries since I already followed all three. :)

  64. laney
    May 16, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    This is so cute! I would make a pinafore for my little girl.

  65. Jenn
    May 17, 2013 at 5:24 am

    You did a lovely job on this tunic; beautiful fabric choices. I’d love to make some of these for my girls, ages 3 1/2 and 1 1/2.

  66. Jenn
    May 17, 2013 at 5:25 am

    I follow Stitch Organcis on FB

  67. Jenn
    May 17, 2013 at 5:25 am

    I follow the Crafty Kitty on FB

  68. Jenn
    May 17, 2013 at 5:26 am

    I follow Imagine Gnats on FB; thanks for the chance to win this pattern, I’ve been eyeing it!

  69. Trudy
    May 17, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I love this pattern. It looks so comfortable.

  70. May 17, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Would make for my two year old! Yours is so gorgeous!

  71. May 17, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Also new facebook fan of crafty kitty.

  72. May 18, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I love your version. Would love to make one for one of my daughters with some thrifted fabric.

  73. May 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I have 2 granddaughters and would love to make a fun solid and line it with Beach fabric.

  74. Nancy
    May 22, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Rain drops and cloud pockets, what cutie pie wouldn’t love a rolypoly like this, fantastic! I have an 11month old daughter that I would love to sew one (or more) for, thanks for the chance. nlczerw(at)gmail(dot)com

  75. emilia
    May 24, 2013 at 6:00 am

    I like imagine gnats on fb!

  76. emilia
    May 24, 2013 at 6:01 am

    I would make one for my babaloo. I love your cloud pockets BTW.

  77. Mikea
    May 28, 2013 at 5:38 am

    This is soooooo cute! I would definitely make one for my daughter. I really like the rain fabric too and you paired the matching fabrics perfect

  78. May 28, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Oh, my, heavens. The rain drops and the cloud pockets!! Sigh. Such a fun idea.

    I think my daughter must have one of these or I’m going to get kicked out of the blogging world. :) I think it will be a necessity for us both. So lovely. :)

  79. Stacy Alfano
    May 29, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I would make this for my daughter!

  80. Stacy Alfano
    May 29, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I like imagine gnats on fb!

  81. Stacy Alfano
    May 29, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I like crafty kitty on fb!

  82. Stacy Alfano
    May 29, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I like Stitch Organics on fb!

  83. Jodi J
    May 29, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    This little dress is so cute – I would love the pattern so I can make some for my little girl

  84. Kathy Davis
    May 30, 2013 at 2:49 am

    I would love to make this Roly Poly dress for my granddaughter Nellie.

  85. Elisabetta
    May 30, 2013 at 8:43 am

    thank you so much for the chance to win this lovely pattern and…
    I adore the one you made with cloud pockets and rain drops… that’s original and funny

  86. Elisabetta
    May 30, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I follow Stitch Organics on Facebook

  87. Elisabetta
    May 30, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I follow The Crafty Kitty on Facebook as Ely B. (forgot to type that before)

  88. Elisabetta
    May 30, 2013 at 8:45 am

    and last but not least I follow Imagine Gnats on Facebook as Ely B. too

  89. May 31, 2013 at 2:42 am

    the cloud pocket is adorable!

  90. May 31, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    So cute! I’ve been following this trek of Roly Poly dresses and I am so inspired. I can’t wait to make them for my girls. I think I’ll do seasonal themed roly poly dresses. Watermelon inspired for summer, rainbow for spring, owls for fall, and snowflakes for winter.

  91. May 31, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I follow stitch organics on FB!

  92. May 31, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I follow crafty Kitty on FB!

  93. May 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I follow Imagine Gnats on FB!

  94. Libby H
    May 31, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Super cute! My daughter would love this! thanks for the chance!