Reversible Summer and Cloud Roly Poly Dress

 

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So I finally used this incredibly fun, girly, summery fabric that I bought months ago.  It has these adorable little “scenes” of little girls doing summery outdoor activities, (picking apples, feeding chicks, reading books, etc.) and I didn’t want to cut into them.  So this Roly Poly Pinafore pattern, which uses a big cut of fabric, seemed to be pretty perfect. 

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I ended up cutting the back pieces at a slight angle since they hang at a slant across the back and I wanted the “scenes” to be pretty much straight up and down.  It wasn’t perfect but it worked.

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Also, since the front has a center pleat I wanted to put a cute little “scene” right underneath it.  It almost looks like you’re peeking into a little tent where the girl is reading, with some bunting strung across the top.  One of those little details that no one else will care about but I think is cute. 🙂  Which is fine.

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On the flip side I used the same blue chambray that I used for these bubble shorts.  (3/4 of a yard went a LONG way I think!)

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But my favorite part are the pockets.

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Clouds.  I know, right?  I love them.

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I had cut them out in blue, and this floral fabric was the inner lining.  But I set them down on the fabric just to see the placement, and immediately decided that they just had to stay that way.  Floral clouds are totally fine, right? Right.

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However, the next time that I add cloud pockets, I’ll make sure to put them lower on the skirt.  They are close enough to the waist of the dress that if Hannah has been sitting for a while, or crouching down playing in the dirt, then the top is folded over a bit when she stands up.  No big deal, just something that’s good to know.

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Also, this is the first time that I’ve made this dress, and I based the size on her chest measurement.  It does fit great across her shoulders and chest but is a bit shorter than I would like.

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Even Chris noticed this.  

Does she need pants to wear with this?  It’s a bit short.

No, she doesn’t need pants, she has bloomers on.  But yes, it is a little short. 

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It’s okay because I still think it will be adorable over a long sleeved shirt with some tights, but it’s kind of a bummer to sew something that is a bit on the small side, for the sake of longevity.  Like I said, it works, but I think next time I will make the same width as this time, but size up for the length, just to give my girl a little more wiggle-room.  Literally.

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Cheese, indeed. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Reversible Summer and Cloud Roly Poly Dress

  1. This is so lovely…. really great photos. I am loving those pockets too! I have seen so many cute versions of this pattern. 🙂

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