I was busy last week, having fun with a new pattern I received from the talented Rachael of Imagine Gnats. She recently came out with her first PDF Pattern the Roly-Poly, it's a pinafore, a tunic, why not even a dress. It's a simple pattern- great for a first sewing project, and yet the possibilities are endless. There are a few things you can choose to do, such as add pockets, sew it in 1 or 3 pieces, make it reversible- for me he beauty of this pattern, is how it showcases the fabric beautifully and really becomes a canvas for you to play with.

I entitled my Roly-Poly, the 4 Seasons.

On one side, you have the summer blue sky and the sea with a little sun shining through.

I cut my fabric out of 1 pattern piece, extended the back straps so I could used them as closure instead of buttons and put the buttonholes on the front of the tunic.

I had so much fun Dip Dyeing my fabric. I cut out my piece first, which is the same fabric as the reverse, then I proceeded to the dyeing process. I dipped most of my fabric into my solution. Unfortunately, the front panel fell inside my pot, I was a little upset as I wanted some of the beige fabric to show on the center front- I ended up bleaching that a little at the end! I gradually lifted my fabric from my solution and then added some darker dye for the bottom half- going through the same process. I think it turned out pretty well. I added some hand embroidered details to it finish of.

On the reverse side I get this sense and a feeling of fall. The tones and colors of the floral print are deep and saturated and for some reason made me think this would be great to wear as a layering piece when the colder months come around. I really love the idea of wearing this piece all year round.  

I bought this fabric at my local fabric store over a year ago, I fell in love with the print and the colors, I also loved how soft and light weight it was.  Initially I was going to make a skirt with it for me- I can't remember the last time I made myself something! This turned out much, much better! The print ran along the side of the fabric, so I cut my pattern against the grain and used the other half of the for the reverse side of the Roly-Poly- it all fit perfectly in the meter I had.
There wasn't much more I needed to do on this side, beside let the Roly-Poly pattern and fabric work well together!

I wasn't crazy about my color choices at first, I felt like both sides of the tunic didn't quite work well together. What was I thinking making both sides completely different! Once I sewed the pieces together it ended up looking just fine. This pattern was such a pleasure to put together and sew, I can see myself making many more in the near future. I used Miss E's measurements to figure out the sizing, I ended up making the size 3 and lengthening it to size 4, I could have made a size 4 since the fit is loose and the extra fabric crossed over in the back anyway. Next time!

Really, is there a better way to wear your Roly-Poly?

The pattern is available for purchase on the Imagine Gnats ETSY store. I strongly recommend you check it out and have a go at it...
Rachael has generously offered one of my readers the chance to win the pattern... So fill out the Rafflecopter, leave a comment, come like us on FB and Pinterest and this PDF pattern could be yours. I'll announce the winners on Saturday- Good Luck. XX
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Don't forget to check out all the other wonderful Roly Poly Pinafores popping up on the web and lot's more to come this week... It will give you such a sense of how much can be done with this pattern and you can witness how much talent is out there too!

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