Have you been following Madeit Patterns lately? Did you know that they have a ‘Back to School super sale’ and ‘Blog tour’ on to help you get ready for Back to school?
For the month of August, you can get 20% discount off any Madeit pattern with the following code: btslc
If you have never sewn with a Madeit Patterns before then this is a great time to start. Myself, I’m a great fan of their patterns and own a number of it which you can see here , here and here (and a few others yet to be sewn up … no surprise there) so when Olu asked if I would like to be part of their ‘Back to School’ blog tour, I jumped at the chance. I really wanted to sew something for the kids to wear to school but in Australia, every school has specific uniforms making it a little difficult to sew ‘school uniforms’.However, I wasn’t going to let that stop me from from participating, after all, I just need to be a bit more creative and sew something reflective of the ‘back to school’ theme. You see, my daughter loves to draw and paint at school (and home), she says she’s going to grow up and be an artist one day and honestly, she has the potential. So I thought I would make her an ‘art class’ inspired outfit using the Bjork skirt and Stevie shirt, I think this would totally work for the Back to School theme don’t you? Or am I just grappling at straws? I probably am but no matter, I hope you find this post useful for your back to school sew where uniforms are not required or as strict!Originally when I was deciding on my fabric, I wanted to sew the skirt up in a navy blue with thin red checks wool material (which would have been perfect as a school skirt) but since we’ve been having really warm weather and being in the last month of winter, I figured I might have to save that for next year as she won’t get much wear from it. Instead, I chose this pretty cotton drill fabric with art brushes and pencils printed on it with a nice weight and thickness that would set the pleat on the skirt nicely.
For the lining, I decided to used a lightweight cotton lawn so it’s not too thick considering this is a fully lined skirt. The skirt also features removable straps which I decided to omit since little miss likes it without. I really like the fit of the skirt and the style is very sweet and with subtle detailing like the buttons on the pleat for decoration while hidden buttons are sewn on the inside of the waistband for the strap attachments and the side waistband are closed with a hook and eye to give it a clean finish.For the Stevie top, being a trendy unisex collarless shirt, I figured a black and white gingham print would totally rock the look especially when pairing it with the Bjork skirt. The top features a front placket with a neck tab which looks very cool so not wanting to make the front too busy since the gingham is already busy, I decided to hide the front buttons on the inside tab so the placket look clean.
For the neck tab and cuffs however, I went with little red buttons for that subtle pop of colour that is reflective of the red brush tip on the skirt which I think adds a nice contrast on the shirt.
So what do you think? Will it be a hit in class? Does it meet the back to school theme? I think little miss really likes it so that’s a good sign right? For more Back to School sew inspiration check out these lovely bloggers:
TRUDY – Fox and Me | BROOKE – Idle Sunshine | MARIA – My Cozy Co
EMILY – Enjoyful Makes | SASKIA – She Who Sews | MIRANDA – Inspinration
ANN – Atelier In ‘t Leerke | TOYA – Made by Toya | OLU – Needle and Ted