Back to school season is upon us, and oftentimes, this means a new wardrobe in the next size up. I am particularly excited because this is Emery's first year of school; she will be starting pre-k and cannot wait! However, she will be attending pre-k at The Little Gym, and gymnastics and sports are incorporated into every class, so I knew I needed to sew her more movement-oriented clothing; her dresser drawers are overwhelmed with full-skirted dresses and billowing tops.
I decided to take on the idea of a school capsule based around the idea of movement and the ability to play freely, while still maintaining fun colors, prints, and textures. A capsule wardrobe is a minimalist approach to clothing, where each piece is an essential item that coordinates with the other articles. For this mini wardrobe, I decided to make nine articles of clothing: four tops, four bottoms, and one piece of outerwear. To make the wardrobe as friendly to all seasons as I could, I also decided all tops would be short sleeved. I can of course add to the collection later with long sleeves when it gets colder, and shorts and tank tops when it warms up again next year.
First, I chose my nine fabrics. I wanted to keep it simple with solids, but not boring, and for there to be pops of fun throughout; after all, Emery is not quite four! I made sure to have a variety of textures, including cotton/lycra, bamboo/lycra, athletic knit, jacquard, and more.
Left to right, top to bottom: athletic knit - Sincerely Rylee, bamboo/lycra -Wanderlust Designs Custom Fabric, jacquard distressed knit - So Sew English, lightweight jersey - swap meet find, cotton/lycra - Dark Matter Fabric, bamboo/lycra - So Sew English, cotton/lycra - Wonderground Fabrics, cotton/lycra - Dark Matter Fabric, stretch corduroy - So Sew English.
Once you've chosen your fabrics, assign each one a pattern!
I like to write everything out and play with my Happy Planner.
Then, get to sewing! Once you have completed sewing everything, you will have SIXTEEN complete outfits!
Row 1: Harbor Knot Tee in bamboo/lycra
Row 2: Cypress Choker (basic neckline) in cotton/lycra
Row 3: Desert Breeze top in bamboo/lycra
Row 4: Shorewalk tunic with tee vents in lightweight jersey
-SVG: Confetti in metallic silver heat transfer vinyl
Column 1: Rhapsody Joggers in athletic jersey
Column 2: Juniper Joggers in jacquard knit
Column 3: Rhapsody Joggers, capri length mod in cotton/lycra
Column 4: Juniper Joggers, capri length mod in stretch corduroy
Diagonally: Wildflower Kimono in cotton/lycra
* To modify for capri length joggers, I simply measured how far up from my daughter's ankle I wanted the capris to hit, and cut that much off the base pattern. Additionally, I cut the length of the cuffs in half.
* To modify for a lack of stretch and recovery, the jacquard Juniper waistband is the exact size of the opening of the waist, and features encased elastic.
And there you have it! A super versatile, active-toddler wardrobe that is sure to result in effortless mornings. No more "no, those two don't match" arguments ;)
And well, how about a coupon code so you can get your seasonal school sewing in, too? Now through next Tuesday, August 28th, 2018, save 20% off all girls' sewing patterns and SVGs (digital cut files) *bundles excluded! Use code B2S2018 at checkout!
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Independence Day is right around the corner, and so with it comes Wild + Wanderful's Sew Americana Blog Tour! I follow this tour every year, so I'm really excited to be participating in it for the first time.
Nothing says "summer sewing" over here at SSD quite like the Emerie Romper, and wheI think Americana, I think of the peace and love, tie-dye vibe of the 70s. As it turns out, I happen to be a big lover of dying things.