There is a sewing contest going on with Willow and Co Patterns in honor of back to school. Ms M is starting preschool this year and she will need clothing that actually can be mixed and matched. The prize package is great, so I figured as long as I was sewing why not give it a shot.
I knew that M would need pants as the fall and winter can be rather harsh in the midwest. Hopefully our winter will not be as awful as last year, but no guarantees. I took the clover shorts pattern that Rachel had tested and sewn up earlier in the summer and redrafted the leg to make a long pant.
This pattern goes together like a charm. I left the ruffle off so that they would be more versatile. I found a soft baby wale cord in a dark grey and used a black cord for pockets, waistband and cuff for accent. This will allow her to wear almost any top in the closet.
Another pattern that Rachel had fun with this spring and summer was the Persimmon Dress. I wanted a tunic length for M so I took a size 3 and used the length of the size 4 tunic. Because M is tall and I wanted her to be able to wear this for a while the longer length will work better. This pattern gives you options for a dress or tunic and for a facing or a full lining. I choose to do the full lining, however I knew I wanted straps on it so she can wear it with or without a shirt under it for school.
The original pattern ties at the shoulders, but for school she needed something a little more substantial. I sewed the lining to the dress around the entire neckline and armhole edge, leaving an opening on either side of the front and back bodice to insert the straps. I am happy with the way both of these adaptations turned out.
M will be ready to start school in style! With so many kids already back in school, have you finished your sewing? Is your sewing ongoing to allow you to more easily adapt to your child’s size and style choices? I am sure we will be sewing for quite a while. And when the fall/winter sewing is finished it will be time to start the spring/summer wardrobe.