My kids attend a school where we follow a balanced calendar, an almost a year-round type of schedule, so we’ve been back to the daily grind for a few weeks now (don’t feel bad for us…we love it!). They also wear uniforms, which kind of breaks this handmade mama’s heart. We can’t actually wear our new clothes to school, but it doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun and celebrate gorgeous patterns and fun fabric! I think we will at least have a pretty new dress for school pictures!
Today is my stop on the Made for Mermaids Back to School Blog Tour, and if you haven’t caught any of the other stops, you really should take a peek! There are tons of great ideas on how to make handmade items from Made for Mermaids patterns work for your dress code needs. During this tour, there is a 20% off code for Megan’s shop when you use the code M4MB2S, plus a great giveaway and some freebies that you don’t want to miss! Head to the Made for Mermaids site for more details.
Now that we have the formalities out of the way, let’s move on to the outfits! I chose the Harper Top, Tunic, and Dress and the Olivia Bloomers and Pantaloons. I made a few small changes to the patterns as I sewed them, and I’ll walk you through those as I show off each one. These are both great patterns for school, as they meet the criteria for most dress codes, and they can be easily adapted for your particular needs. Olivia has a ton of options, so it’s really a great go-to pattern for sewing year round items!
First, we have my adorable niece, Miss A, who is headed off to Kindergarten this year! She wears the same size as my daughter, so I sewed the same sizes, but I added the optional ties to this one, so she’ll be sure to get wear out of it with layers into the Fall and Winter months. This is the top length, with a solid bodice, and I added trim to the front and the hem of the skirt. The funky colors from these Cotton + Steel prints match her outgoing and inquisitive personality. I know she’s going to be a super star this year!
For Miss L, I used the tunic length of the Olivia pattern, but I added a ruffle that spanned the difference between the tunic and dress length. The skirt is super full, so I added an equally full ruffle to round out the flutter sleeves. I left the bodice as is and let the fabrics speak for themselves! More Cotton + Steel here, with a splash of Anna Maria Horner for good measure. You can find all of the links to the fabrics I used HERE.
You would never guess that there is a 17 month difference in age between these two girls. They refer to each other as “twin sisters” and they are the best of friends. Their conversation this night revolved around which salsa was hot, the Olympics, having babies (when they grow up!), and God. I love this, not only because it means my girl will have a life-long friend in her cousin, but also because my sister is still one of my best friends!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope these have inspired you for some great back to school sewing! Big thanks to Megan and her team for the great patterns and the fun tour!by