Pattern: Preppy Polo
Designer: Ellie & Mac Patterns
Fabrics: Cotton Lycra from Rubyjam Fabric
Skill level: Confident/Advanced Beginner
Measurements: Chest: 21″; Waist 20.5″; Hips 21″
Size made: 2T
Adjustments: I didn’t use the interfacing on the collar
Pros: This is a super cute pattern that can be used for boys or girls.
Cons: I’m not a huge fan of the way the placket is constructed. It turned out ok but it was just a bit clunky I thought.

The Wrap Up:

When I purchased this octopus material I was absolutely thrilled with how vibrant and beautiful it was when it arrived. I knew straight away that it would make a great top for my son.

I am one of the testers for Ellie & Mac Patterns, who have weekly sales on 7 of their patterns, so when I saw the preppy polo was coming up on sale, I thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase not only the pattern, but also this stinking cute fabric!

This is the first time I have made the preppy polo, so I paid close attention to the pattern instructions, however I chose to omit one big thing it suggested to do. I did not interface my collar with the knit interfacing they suggested. I often find when I interface things like neckbands it never stretches the way I want it to and I am often frustrated with the result, so I chose to skip that step. I don’t think it had an impact on the final look and I am very happy with how it turned out.

I also wasn’t a huge fan of how the placket was constructed in general. I may investigate a different way to construct next time, but for this time it was fine and looks good. I did make sure I interfaced the placket pieces as it is important to interface when using snaps or it can pull through the material.

A definite overall win for me though, can see many more of these being made!

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