Hello Readers, we have a super fun one for you today. Let me introduce you to the 'Design Your Own Pinny' by BOO! Designs. Design your own??? I'm sure many of you are scratching your head and thinking, this is too hard for me.... BUT WAIT!!! It isn't too hard at all, and is the perfect stepping stone if you have always wanted to be able to adjust a pattern into exactly what you want. Today we have three reviewers sharing their unique takes on this awesome little pattern. We hope you are inspired, we hope you are getting excited, because we want to see what YOU can turn this little number into. On Monday we will start a two week challenge with PRIZES... Robin will have more information soon... so start off by picking up your own copy of the pattern for a great discount: 20% off with the Code: REVOLUTION. And check out the reviews below to start getting ideas!!!
When I was told I would be reviewing the Design Your Own Pinafore, by BOO! Designs, I was ecstatic! An adorable wardrobe staple all on its own, I love the idea of tailoring it to your (or your child’s) own taste. Then I got a teensy bit nervous, because I went to the BOO! Designs Facebook page and saw all the adorable versions of this pattern that have already been sewn. It took willpower not to head straight to the fabric store for inspiration (I need a 12 step program for my fabric obsession). I found my inspiration in a bundle of soft and ultra feminine floral cottons, calling to me from my fabric closet.
Gorgeous!!! And I love that Katie also chose the patchwork option for the skirt... what a great way to mix fabrics or use up things in your stash!!!
I am so super excited I get to review this pattern! I've had my eye on it for a while, wondering how I would "Design My Own Pinny". I wanted to stay super simple but add just a few touches that would make it my own and set apart. I stuck with a fairly monochromatic color palette and just added a couple of extras.
The instructions for this dress are so good I would say this is a beginner plus pattern. It allows a beginner to feel confident in sewing the pattern, but more advanced elements can be added. I just can't get over the simplicity of the look of this dress! Perfect!
The possibilities of this dress are endless. The bodice can be changed up to create a totally different look - I went with a tuxedo ruffle with coordinating buttons. Even just using patterned fabric would change the look of the dress so much that you may not recognize it as the same pattern. In the future, I really want to try the "bow" option for the bodice of this, I think it would be beyond adorable!!!
There are no pattern pieces for this dress, just measurements of rectangles. I really like sparing the printer and paper and just measuring for myself, this also allows me to make any changes that I want. The measurements are given in inches and centimeters, in case you prefer one over another. I'm a good ole "inches" kind of girl. Oh, I forgot, I also added a little ruffle at the bottom with 3 inches of white fabric (I just did a rolled hem) and an additional ruffle across the top.
So adorable, check out Kara's blog for a full tutorial on adding the double flutter sleeve!
I love the simplicity and clean modern lines of this one - and the piping, SWOON!
So are you excited... are you ready to design YOUR own pinny? Head over to get your pattern and don't miss out on the 20% discount by using code REVOLUTION.