Have you seen the Roly Poly Pinafore pattern by Imagine Gnats?  It’s a super cute, simple and versatile piece that is perfect for layering, adding fun details and showcasing awesome fabrics.  Rachael of Imagine Gnats and the creator of this pattern has rounded up some of her friends to help show off all their versions of this fun pinafore!  I decided to make one for Yuki to use as an apron/art smock!

RolyPolyPinafore1(Rachael was so kind as to gift this pattern to me, but all opinions are 100% my own)

The pattern range is size 6 mo-10!  That means it’ll basically last me forever!  I made it in size 2 which was the perfect fit her Yuki now, though if I had thought about it more, I probably shoulda made a 3 since this is meant to be an smock worn over clothes.  Oh well, guess that means I’ll have to make another one soon 😉

The pinafore is fully reversible, and one of the best parts is begin able to mix and match and pair fabrics together.  I chose a bright reddish-orange to go with this cute raindrop fabric.  Somehow when I saw the fabric, it reminded me of painting.  The large pouch pocket is not part of the pattern, but something I added myself for Yuki to hold paintbrushes, chalk, pens or other art supplies in.

RolyPolyPinafore2The pattern comes with in seam pockets, which I omitted for this version, but is definitely a great option if you’re making this as a tunic.

For the other side, I used a cream linen for the main fabric and some cute Japanese print that I got at Daiso (the Japanese equivalent to a dollar store) for the pocket and fabric covered buttons.  I love the little pleat in the middle and the sweet criss crossed back.


The pattern is labeled “beginner” and I definitely think that if you are just starting out, this is a great project for you.  It was very fast and simple to sew and the results are just so cute.  Even though I had always intended for this to be used as an apron/smock, I had a hard time letting Yuki get too messy in it!  😛

Unfortunately, I only got a few pictures of Yuki in the smock so far, but the fit is great and she loves having a special apron like mama!


And it kept her shirt clean while being stylish!  Score!


*Edit:  HEY!  More pics!  We did a little morning painting and got more shots of the Roly Poly Art Smock in action :)*




(Someone needs a hair cut!)

I know she’ll get a lot of use out of this and I look forward to whipping up a few more!  If you’re interested, you can buy the PDF pattern here.  And be sure to check out all the other stops on the Roly-Poly-Along blog tour.  It started yesterday and will continue for three weeks!  My current favorite is this adorable raindrop pinafore by Stephanie of The Crafty Kitty.  TOO CUTE!  And looking at the other bloggers joining the tour, I know there is bound to be a lot of other awesome and creative pinafores.  OH and many of them are giving away copies of the pattern too (like the link above), so be sure to check out details on the blogs for your chance to win!

Thanks Rachael for the awesome pattern!!

Happy sewing 🙂


14 thoughts on “Roly-Poly-Along

  1. oh, your girl is too cute ^_^
    I have friends that have a boy with her same name, they have a passion for Japan, can you tell me the meaning of this name? is it right both for a girl and a boy?
    thanks and kisses from Italy

    • Yuki can technically be for a girl or a boy, though in Japanese the more typical name for a boy is Yuuki – with a longer “oo” sound. And the most common reading for that would be courage or bravery. Really, names can have any number of meanings depending on the characters that make up the name. The most common meaning of the word or name “Yuki” is “snow.” But we chose characters for our daughter’s name that means something like, “to have hope.” But I’m sure there are a dozen other readings of the name as well.

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