of the three new spring Oliver + S patterns i’ve sewn (the forest path cape, roller skate dress, and this) the pinwheel is the one that differed most from my own style at first glance. my initial reaction was that the roller skate pattern was the one i’d run out and buy, but the pinwheel is probably the one that Em would run out and buy! it was a fun creative challenge to make a version we both would love and that would show off the versatility of the pattern, too!
as you can see, she is quite pleased with this tunic despite the non-girly colors. she was genuinely surprised that it twirled!
i sewed a 3T and the fabric is Les Flores from Camp Modern by Birch Organics (i got it at Bolt, but it’s available online at FQS and Fabricworm). it’s not the cheapest fabric in the world, but the print was totally irresistible to me. i originally got only 1/2 yard and had to go back for another 1/2 once i realized how perfect it would be on the pinwheel!
i knew the flounce and the print would play nicely together, but as the garment took shape and i paired it with leggings, it actually took on an almost polynesian vibe. so i just went with that, styling wise. plumeria hair clip for the win!
i decided to omit the sleeves after seeing Liesl’s link to this Narcisco Rodriquez tunic, and instead bound the armholes with bias tape (same method as binding the neckline, just fold one end under before topstitching).
the skirt is bound with kona olive (duh). not gonna lie, there is a LOT of bias tape on this pattern. the tunic itself comes together really quickly, but you’ll need get comfy with sewing bias binding if you aren’t already. Liesl has been sharing tips on bias tape making in advance of this pattern’s release, which you can check out on the Oliver + S blog (continuous and traditional methods – i always do traditional).
such a fun and pretty result though, right? Em’s closet is full of dresses but has far fewer shirts/tunics so i loved adding this to her wardrobe. the fact that i made it sleeveless makes it layer nicely under a cardigan but will be really great with shorts as summer approaches. it was over 50 degrees out, but this speedy photoshoot was still followed up with warm cocoa.
and here’s my little mama and her baby elephant. Em is getting a lot of say in the photos these days – shoe choice was hers again, as was the bracelet and elephant buddy “Trunky.” she has also started drawing “patterns” for dresses she’d like me to sew. i love her to pieces, but she can be a real taskmaster sometimes!
Cherie, Jess, and I are doing another “rolling tour” for the pinwheel pattern! here is Jessica’s adorable Easter egg solid version of both the tunic and dress together, and here is Cherie’s lovely and serene linen version of the dress! you’ve got to go check them out – their lovely fabric choices lend to totally different-looking and beautiful pinwheels.
UPDATE: the pinwheel tunic + slip dress pattern is now available for purchase on the Oliver + S website! you can order either paper or digital versions of the pattern, or keep an eye on your local fabric store if they usually carry Oliver + S. yay!
*i was provided with the pinwheel tunic + slip dress pattern at no cost for this pattern review. my opinions, as always, are my own.*