Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sewing for school


First day of school!  First day of school!  We have been talking up preschool all spring and summer long and it was wonderful to see my normally clingy child so bouncy with excitement on the first day.


All we needed to send her on her way (aside from one of ten monthly tuition checks and a boatload of paperwork, meetings, orientation, etc.) was a couple of momma-made items to make her feel at home during those long three hours a day, four days a week that she is away from us.

Double layer skirt using Out to Sea @sarahjanestudios

First off - a brand new skirt to wear on the first day.  Fabric is from Sarah Jane's "Out to Sea" collection (narwhals!!!), and the double layer skirt was made using Dana's tutorial.

Almost done. How's yours coming @skirtastop ?

Next was the most quintessential of school items - a backpack.  I love love love Rae's Toddler Backpack pattern because it's super easy, holds it's shape really well - and it's toddler sized!  Most commercial backpacks are sized so that they practically swallow middle school students - let alone preschoolers.  This one is perfectly proportioned - but also comes with instructions on how to size it up for when your toddlers turn into big kids.


Phoebe picked out the Contended Cats fabric from Tammis Keefe tribute collection by Michael Miller.  A quick search revealed that they have it on sale over yonder at Fabricworm right now!


Truth be told, I don't actually give Phoebe total freedom when picking fabrics for her projects, because otherwise we'd end up with crazy psychedelic animals, or something that would leave a trail of glitter wherever she went.  So I end up picking about four or five fabrics that I think would appeal to her, but yet still stay within my realm of design sense, and let her pick from those.  Win win.

A happy first day of preschool!

And here's my silly girl at the end of her first day.  Super happy and excited to go back again tomorrow.  Her funniest comment about the day?  "I didn't cry or scream at all....  but lots of other kids did!"


  1. She is SO CUTE! Glad her first day went well. Love those pink narwhals so much - my little gal will be prancing around in them very soon, too! :)

  2. Glad she had a great day! Her comment was pretty funny. I told my P and she says she doesn't understand why someone would cry at school anyway. Maybe they might scream at recess or something.

    Kids are funny.

  3. What darling photos! Love the backpack and you are so right about the size - it's perfect :)

  4. She is too cute! I have a Phoebe too, I am sure they are all cut from the same adorable mould!

  5. the skirt is darling! I want to try sewing clothes, but am still a bit intimidated by it right now!