As you know, my middle daughter started Kindergarten this year and she is in learning heaven! A few days before school started, my mom asked to have her over for an extra day to soak her up, “As soon as she starts school, she’s going to be a completely different kid.” Mom was right, as she usually is. It’s not that Grace’s independence and enthusiasm to experience EVERYTHING has changed, it’s just that she’s seamlessly incorporated this enthusiasm into school, and some new awesomeness has become part of our daily routine. She comes home every day rattling off the new friends that she made, she rolls down the window as we pull out of the school parking lot to shout and wave good-bye to classmates that are walking nearby, and she plows through her weekly homework so fast that it’s all I can do to make sure I see it before she turns it back in to the teacher. In addition, she’s developed a strong preference for tshirts and leggings – every. day.
When Mie from Sewing Like Mad asked if I’d like to participate in her Sewing for Kindergarten series, I momentarily thought I’d sew a fancy new getup. But, what was really needed was more tees and more leggings. I spent some time drafting a basic knit tee pattern and then assembly line sewed a stack for my Kindergartener. She thinks I’m cool for that. I’m pretty proud of the perfect fit!
After sewing the first stack of tees and adding a bow here or a pocket there for embellishment, I made this bird tee with a peplum-style ruffle around the bottom. This was very well-received, too! Look at the spunk in that modeling!
I also used my favorite leggings pattern, the Go To Leggings, and made a few sets of leggings in some basic colors. (this is an affiliate link and it really is my favorite favorite – a must have if you don’t already have!) I also used this awesome herringbone knit that I picked up from Stonemountain & Daughter last spring. The Go To Leggings pattern has a skirt pattern included, which can be connected at the waistband to the leggings or sewn separately. I decided to separate out the skirt so that it can be worn with a variety of leggings. I added bias tape on each side of the skirt for some sass. Grace wanted to model the skirt without the leggings and it looks so cute by itself, too!
So, that’s the current wardrobe details of my Kindergartener! No fancy frills here! There is much too much to squeeze in to a day of Kindergarten for this cutie to wear anything other than knits!! I’ve found it so interesting to see how so many other Kindergarteners are dressing this fall. Be sure to pop over to Sewing Like Mad to check out the other outfits parading around!
Comments & Reviews
Cute shirts! I love your photos here, and what a sweet, sassy, little model you have. =)
Heidi G says
Amazingly ADORABLE and vivacious little model! New to sewing (but willing to dive in), I’m going to try my hand at knits for my 2-yr-old girl because of these great ideas. Thanks!
Oh, wow I love both outfits! Especially love the bird T-shirt, so pretty!
Sabra at Sew a Straight Line says
So good, Stef!! So so so good. And cute. I love the pattern mixing and the fit is perfect!
Judy Roberson says
Adorable both outfit and your sweet model.. Happy sewing.
Mie @ Sewing Like Mad says
I want this too. Totally totally love it! And wow, she is soooo beautiful! And it is so true….first day they come back from school and something has just changed….not in a bad way….but definitely different!
sandra varn grøne says
I LOVE the peplum tee – really cute without being over the top girly especially when paired with that lovely fabric! I might steal that idea for my daughter – it might make her wear pants/leggins more often, which is more suitable for the weather here in Denmark. But she’s a real dress lover at the moment..
Hayley @ Welcome to the Mouse House says
Well, that is just so stinking adorable! I have been eyeing up that bird knit and now I think I am going to have to get it. My daughter still has two years until kindergarten and I can totally see her dressing like this!