There can be a fine line between copying and inspiration. I really don't believe there's any truly original idea. We're all influenced by what we see, if only subconsciously. One of my favorite places to find inspiration, like many of you, is Pinterest. So when I laid eyes on this pin, I felt my inner copycat insisting that I recreate (um, copy) it. Especially since Rachael from Imagine Gnats had invited me to be part of her pattern tour and I had chosen the Roly-Poly Tunic for Iris. Iris even has a pair of shoes that are somewhat similar to the pair on the pin. How could I resist? It was destiny. :)
I don't know why I waited so long to make this tunic. Maybe because I had made a somewhat similar pinafore here and the fit was a l l wrong. It was way too wide for the (at the time) baby but too short for Tia. It never was worn.
But, oh this roly-poly tunic fits perfectly.
It comes together fast, too. And I mean fast. I skipped the topstitching, which made it even faster. I just haven't been into topstitching lately, so skipping it was an aesthetic choice more than one made out of laziness. :) I promise.
I love the subtle detail of the front pleat.
I made the tunic using Carolina Chambray Black and finished it with wooden buttons.
The pattern has the option to make the tunic reversible, but I liked the chambray so much I knew I'd choose it every time. So I lined it with this cotton couture in soft white. I pretty much use this stuff to line everything these days. I love it.
I cheated on my favorite legging pattern - the Sunki pattern and decided to try the Fancy Pants Leggings pattern, which came recommended to me by my friend, Inder. My verdict is - I have a new favorite leggings pattern - at least for babies and toddlers.
business in the front
party in the back
I really love the contrasting panel- so cute for littles in diapers. Both pairs of leggings have cuffs, which are hard to see in the photos. But I love them. Such a nice touch. Also, they are a one piece leggings pattern (outside of the waistband and cuff) and the fit was great! I had read one-piece leggings patterns results in baggy knees, but there were no baggy knees here!
Initially, I was intimidated to sew with knits because I worried about how my machine would handle them. Would sewing with knits cause me endless frustration? Would the final product look homemade... in a bad way?
So I was delighted to learn that sewing knits is easy. Finding the right knit fabric, however, hasn't been easy.
Most of the knit fabric I've used for leggings has been much too thin (for leggings), in my opinion. It's one of the major downsides of having to do most of my fabric shopping online. I've discovered I personally like a knit fabric weight of a minimum of 9-10 oz for leggings. Even worse, several pair of the Sunki leggings I made got very pilly, even though I bought the fabric from a highly recommended retailer.
If anyone has any recommendations on where to purchase high quality knit fabric in a heavier weight, I'd be grateful for your suggestions!
For these leggings, I found a super thick knit that was a dream to work with/sew. I'm not thrilled with the way the stripes look when stretched, but the fit is good, so they mostly aren't stretched. The thick knit gave the leggings such a nice shape. I loved the pattern so much and they came together so fast that I immediately make another pair in a grey knit I had sitting around. The grey knit wasn't as thick as the black and white but overall, they looked great on her and I think they'll hold up well.
Iris Lucia gives this outfit her stamp of approval.
If you're interested in the Roly-Poly pattern, or any of Rachael's patterns, all of her patterns are 20% off for the month of January with the code 'januarytour'.
Thanks, Rachael, for letting me try out your Roly-Poly tunic pattern. I'm a huge fan! :)