I was so thrilled when Ajaire invited me on her “Not Just a Sunsuit” Blog tour. Ajaire (of Call Ajaire) released the Paneled Sunsuit pattern earlier this summer. This pattern has so many options (in fact, I think there are 10 different ways you can sew it). At first I was going to make the maxi skirt version. But then I quickly remembered that, although Maya LOVES dresses that “go to the floor”, they aren’t the most practical for my dancing, flipping, biking, running all over the place little girl. So I decided on the jumper. And I’m glad I did.
Maya LOVES dresses. Usually, the twirlier the better. Even though I’m not a huge fan of super twirly dresses, I do realize that Maya is 4. And I’m sure I liked twirly dresses when I was 4 as well. So when I can, I try my best to make her dresses twirl. As you can see, this dress is very streamlined (which I love) so you would think that Maya would refuse to wear it. But she actually LOVES it….for one very big, important reason. It has HIDDEN POCKETS.
The truth is, the pockets aren’t really hidden. They are right there. But when you use the same fabric as the skirt and CALL them hidden. They become the most special thing. And Maya will wear it.
In fact, she’s worn it several times since I’ve made it for her. But I only just got photos of her the other day. She’s even worn it on a pony.
Since I’m at the tail end of the blog tour, I’m not going to reiterate how well the pattern is laid out or how great the illustrations are or even how thorough the instructions are. But I will say that I am thrilled with how this jumper turned out.
One thing I really loved about this pattern is that there are no zips or fasteners. The straps have elastic in them which makes them scrunch up and there is a casing on the back with elastic. Makes it pretty easy to put on and take off.
Maya was being bitten alive by mosquitos. Poor kid. She has the worst luck. They just love her. Needless to say, she did not enjoy this photoshoot very much.
I used Art Gallery Solid in Festival Fuschia for the top and for the bodice lining. The skirt and the front panel as well as the straps is from the Floriography line by Chelsea Andersen for Riley Blake.
This is a straight up size 4 with no adjustments made. In hindsight I wish I had made her a 5. It’s a bit short, which I’m okay with it because we are heading into autumn here and she can wear it with leggings and a sweater. Which brings me to the main point of the “Not JUST a Sunsuit” Blog Tour. This is NOT just a sunsuit. It’s an “all weather” suit.
And what’s even better, is that now you can add long sleeves to your sunsuit with the free add on here. So it will definitely take you into the cooler weather.
So there you have it! A super cute, all seasons jumper, with two awesome Hidden pockets.
Ajaire is giving away four copies of the Paneled Sunsuit pattern, plus she’s offering 15% off the pattern in her shop through September 4th! For a chance to win your own copy of the pattern, simply enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below!
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Be sure to check out all the awesome versions of the Paneled Sunsuit from the Blog Tour.
The pattern was provided at no charge to me for the purpose of the tour, however all opinions are my own!