A Honeybee Pinafore

If you are at all involved in the online sewing world, you know that Kid’s Clothes Week is here!  Each day this week, we sewers agree to sit at our machines and work on something for our kids for at least one hour.  Then, we post photos of the fruits of our labor on the KCW website — and, of course, oooo and ahhhh over all the great stuff everyone is making!

This happens four times a year, and I get a big kick out of planning what I’ll make, print my patterns and cut everything in advance.  Then, I sew like crazy all week, getting very little sleep, while the laundry and household stuff piles up.  My family is very understanding of my partial absence during this critical time 🙂

First up for me this week is one of my favorites . . . the Roly Poly Pinafore by Imagine Gnats.

Imagine Gnats

I made a couple of these for Lulu last summer, and they were worn over and over.  They are a cinch to make — only one pattern piece!  There’s a very cute option for cutting the front and back out of contrasting fabrics.  You can add pockets if you like, and it’s fully reversible.  What more could you ask for?  The little pleat in the front is my favorite detail — it kicks it up just enough to make it something special, but without going over the top.

20140722_120143a(Psst — this pattern, along with all of Rachael’s other patterns for kids, is on sale this week for just $5!)

Imagine GnatsThe main fabric I used here is Hex Bee in Yellow from Heather Ross’ Briar Rose collection that took the world by storm last summer.  So many of our kids have been wearing the strawberries, crickets and frogs from this collection for the past year — but I think that the Hex Bee has been kind of overlooked, as far as I can tell.  I’m a sucker for bees, and these particular specimens are wearing kerchiefs, for crying out loud.  Awesome!

Anyway, I picked this up last year at the end of the summer, and have been saving it for the perfect project.

20140722_121953aLulu is wearing a size two, which fits her to a tee.  The lining is orange polka dot that I found at Joann’s.  I seriously considered doing orange ric rac around the whole things — but in the end, I decided it would just be too much.


I found these buttons at an antique store in my hood, and they remind me of lemon drops.  I know that this outfit is all about honey, but lemon drops seem to work.  I guess sugar is sugar in my mind.

20140722_121849(0a)I can’t wait to see what you’re sewing this week!