Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Pattern Review: Little Kiwi's Closet Beachcomber Pinny

I was lucky enough to test yet another super pattern from one of my favorites, Little Kiwi's Closet - the Beachcomber Pinny! (Try to excuse my photos - it wasn't a very good "beach" day, chilly and windy - and after a week of rain these kids were squirrelly!)

If I had to pick one word to describe this pinafore, it'd be POCKETS. I don't know of a single kid who doesn't like pockets, and this pinny definitely has them! They're huge! Well, it is. The pattern actually has one piece that is attached to the front of the pinny, resulting in an oversized pocket not unlike one on a sweatshirt.

My three year old looooves pockets. This is a fairly recent development, but since she discovered that most of her clothing has them, she can't leave them alone. Whether it's her hands, her little stuffed dog, or random rocks picked up at the playground, there is always something in them. So far she's pretty good about emptying them, too!

I actually tested the 12-18 month size in a dress length for my baby. However, when Natalie saw it, she was overcome with jealousy (astonishing at first, since she rarely likes anything I make her), and I had to make a second one right away. Not at all a hardship - this pattern really is a quick sew! It only took me one evening of sewing to make each one.

The pockets can be done in a single layer and edged with bias tape, a double layer and topstitched, or a double layer with piping added. The piping is by far my favorite - this was my first time actually using piping, and is it ever easy! It adds such a fun pop of color, and such a great detail to this beautiful look. Instructions for adding piping are included in the pattern, and Lydia has also posted a free tutorial for making bias binding and piping here.

Here I am fudging the tunic length by folding up the band...
The Beachcomber can be made in a dress length with a contrast band along the bottom, or tunic length simply by leaving the band off. It's a great pattern for summer on its own or with a little pair of bloomers, or fall/winter layered with long sleeves underneath and a pair of leggings or tights! (Note: if you're planning to layer it, going up a size on the bodice is recommended, as woven fabrics don't have a lot of give.) You can also make this in a knit, but make sure it's a nice thick one, and that you have some interfacing for the shoulders so they don't stretch out with the fasteners over time.

Actual dress length.
The pinny snaps or buttons over the shoulders for easy on, easy off. It comes in a wide variety of sizes, from 0-3 months all the way up to 12 years - and it's definitely a pattern that can work with all of those ages! It looks equally cute on babies and on tweens!

The Beachcomber Pinny can be purchased on etsy or craftsy for $10 - but wait! If you buy right now, in honor of the sew-along Lydia is hosting on her blog, you can get it for $2 off! Plus, join the sew-along for a chance to win two more of Lydia's great patterns - read about it here!

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