Don't miss the roly-poly pattern giveaway at the end of this post!
I decided on an asterisk roly-poly for my second take on the pattern (my first version was done when I tested the pattern for Rachael). I'm a little obsessed with asterisks, although I really like most typographical symbols (or glyphs); and I'm always happy to be able to use a semicolon in my writing. Did you notice that, back there, how I slipped in a semicolon in the sentence about semicolons?! Yes, I know I'm a nerd.
On the reverse side, I used the Essex linen again with a simple tiny little asterisk applique in the print fabric. For the back of both sides, I used the same cotton print. Don't you just love the criss-cross in the back? And the cute little pleat in the front? Plus, you can make the pinafore with or without pockets -- I chose to add pockets to the front side, but not the reverse. These are the perfect little details that make this pattern unique.
And, although I could have constructed the big asterisk as a huge applique, I chose instead to piece it... partly because I was frugally trying to conserve fabric... but also, why not challenge myself with piecing curves and points when I had never done it before and it could easily end in an epic fail?! Somehow, with a little seam ripping, lots and lots and lots of pins (!), much pressing with the iron, and shear luck, I managed to make it work. Whew!
At the end of our photo shoot, my daughter took the roly-poly for a "roll" (sorry!) on her scooter. It worked well -- I think the photos speak for themselves!
If you'd like to make your own version of the roly-poly, you can purchase the pattern here. Or, even better, Rachael has allowed me to give one free pattern away here!
To win a copy of the roly-poly pinafore tunic pattern, simply leave a comment below before 6pm EST on Thursday, May 30. Please make sure your email is included in your comment, especially if it's not connected to your blogger profile.
Here's the entire roly-poly blog tour schedule, so you can check out any posts you may have missed, as well as the ones coming up the rest of this week and next: