Monday, June 17, 2013

Roly Poly!

I am an unapologetic fabric hoarder. My modus operandi is to buy fabrics that I love, just because I love them, usually 2 or more yards. Sometimes I have a specific project in mind and sometimes I have only a glimmer of a possible project ... sometimes I have no idea what I plan to do with the yardage! I take my fabric home, wash it, fold it up neatly, and then let it sit in my stash until inspiration strikes. I have fabrics in my piles that I have had for a decade or more. I love them - I just haven't found the perfect thing to do with them yet. But I will! I don't consider myself a "collector" - that is, I am not just collecting for the sake of collecting - I sew from my stash constantly and consistently. Like any artist, I just like to have lots of great supplies on hand.

But even by my standards, my stash is out of control right now! It's exploding out of my cupboard and onto the floor! At some point you have to stop acquiring and start actually sewing. So this month, I decided to challenge myself to sew only from my stash. Between now and mid-July: no fabric or pattern shopping! Partly to save some money (always a good thing), and also to motivate myself to make some of the projects I've been shopping for, and use up stash pieces. I am mentioning this here, because I know you readers will hold me to it! (Fine print: Notions, buttons, thread, elastic are allowed. Thrifted anything is allowed. No eBay lots, though! Downloadable patterns that are less than $10 are okay if used to sew up stash fabrics.)
 
So here we go! First up, I made a Roly Poly Pinafore for Maggie! This is Imagine Gnats' adorable new pattern - a reversible cross-back apron/pinafore dress with buttons on the shoulders and an inverted pleat in the front.


Roly Poly Pinafore


The pattern can be made with just one piece (front wrapping around to the back), but I opted to use two different fabrics: yellow printed gingham for the front (it's printed to look like it's on the bias) and some precious owls I've been stashing for years for the back. Because both fabrics are a little sheer, I opted to line it in muslin rather than make it fully reversible.

I decided the front needed a little useless owl pocket. Just cuz.

Roly Poly Pinafore


These fantastic vintage buttons have been in my stash forever. I love them. I was so excited to finally put them on a project that is worthy of them!

Roly Poly Pinafore

Love these owls and all of their expressions!

This pattern is super easy and fast to sew up. Seriously, it is the ideal project for someone brand new to sewing - very simple and satisfying! And I can see it in a variety of fabrics and weights. Love. It.

There is only one problem. It's way too big for Maggie! WAAAAAAAAH.

It looks okay (if a bit long) from the back.

Roly Poly Pinafore


But from the front, it's falling off her! (Sorry for the way overexposed photographs, it was really bright and sunny when I took these photos.) DRAT. I really should have made the 6 month size! What was I thinking?? (It's always hard to say with Maggie, because she's reasonably chubby, but she's not that tall. Sigh.)

Roly Poly Pinafore


I know she'll grow into it, and it will be adorable when she does. I'm just hoping it isn't the dead of winter when that happens! (Speaking of winter, this would be super cute in corduroy lined in flannel to wear over long sleeves. Hmmmm.)

Roly Poly Pinafore


Oh, well, there is only one possible solution: Make another one, in the smaller size, that Maggie can wear right away.

10 comments:

  1. Oh, it is so cute! I'd send some growing vibes to Maggie - but really, you don't want her to grow that fast, huh??
    Btw - your description of your stash and fabric buying 'modus operandi' is perfect ;-)

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  2. this is sooo awesome. i love that you took from your stash because it all looks so original. the owls! the gingham! those buttons! couldn't be more perfect! and your flannel/corduroy idea is inspired. :)

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  3. I love that look on her face in the last picture...as if she's saying "really, mom? This is obviously too big." Too cute!
    And I can't wait to see your next one!! She'll be rocking her little pinafore all summer!

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  4. ack! i love it SO SO SO MUCH!!!! the owl pocket? oh, man. i neeeeed an owl pocket right this second. lovely :)

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  5. You are TERRIBLE for my need to buy new patterns! Seriously - another cute pattern that I need to make the girls?

    LOVE the owl fabric too!

    I'm just so impressed with how busy you are that you sew and blog and have a "real" job and...

    And um, you should see the stash of fabric that I've aquired in the 1 1/2 years since my old stash left. It's impressive I must say! My husband is trying to limit it to a specific area but he also knows how much I like to sew so doesn't complain too much!

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  6. It's so annoying when something turns out the wrong size! Especially if you've used special fabric (I need to add my own owl fabric love at this point!) - I guess too big is better though, at least for children. I reckon baby sizes should be done by weight... or maybe height... little people don't seem to want to conform to age-based averages :)

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  7. So darling! I tried making a pinafore like this from a free pattern when my daughter was about a year old (pattern said 6-12 months) and it was HUGE!! I've been eyeing the Roly Poly since I hoped it would fit better.

    And BTW, I've been following your blog for awhile (but haven't commented before), and I nominated you for the Liebster Award (http://creativecounselor.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/the-liebster-award/).

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  8. Just adorable! Hope she can get some use out of it. Indian summer, maybe? Love, love, love the owls!

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