I love a good blog tour filled with friends, awesome giveaways, and any excuse to get behind my sewing machines. The Back to School Blog Tour hosted by Karly of Paisley Roots was the perfect reason to drop everything and sew up a few back to school pieces.
This little miss starts middle school this year, sob sob. Her actual first day is TODAY and while you are reading this I just might be having a mini-meltdown. Middle School! How did that happen?! She’s so ready and I know she’ll rock it but when did my little girl get to be such an amazing young woman?!
She’s getting to be very picky and very particular about what she wears. She definitely follows teenage trends. She’s such a shy girl that she likes to fit right in and not be too flashy. For her back to school wardrobe, she shopped at her favorite stores, Tilly’s and H&M, and then we threw in three handmade pieces that would really compliment and work well with her store-bought items. What resulted is a cute mix and match mini capsule wardrobe that she loves!
I used three patterns from my favorite pattern designers that cater to tween and teen sizing. Modkid Boutique has an ever expanding catalog of tween patterns that are so on-trend. Hey June Handmades Hey Junior line is a collection of basic pieces that can be hacked into a million different looks. It’s a great starting point for classic patterns you can use again and again. I also turn to Love Notions Patterns because their patterns go from size 2t-16 which means I can use them for my girls and my nieces. I love a great size range!
The first handmade piece is a hacked Brooklyn from Modkid in a super fun Retro Stripe from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. For this look, I took the dress piece and just shortened it to top length. She loves mock necks and this pattern fits her well. It’s slim fitting and has multiple sleeve options. I used the long sleeve pattern piece and shortened it to hit mid bicep.
Her leggings are our go-to Love Notions Leggins’. They are a nice slim cut and always fit her so well. I used a mid-weight cotton lycra from CaliFabrics. I absolutely love the weight of this fabric for leggings. I’ve been on the quest for great leggings fabrics since this girl would live in them and I will be ordering more colors of this for sure!
Her last handmade item is a Morrison Tee from Hey June Handmade in a yummy modal stripe from CaliFabrics. This fabric is my absolute favorite for tees and if it looks familiar it could be because I’ve made a handful of other tops out of it in multiple colorways for her and I. It’s so soft and that drape is amazing!
The Morrison Tee is another pattern that I turn to over and over again. That back curved hem and the oversized fit just make me happy! I did an extra-wide cuff and folded it up and tacked it in multiple places. I just love a cuffed sleeve.
Her store-bought pieces:
Mustard Jeggings from H&M
Black Jacket from Tilly’s
Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you head to the other stops on the tour for some adorable back to school looks. Head to the end of this post for a super fun giveaway too!
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Raspberry Creek Fabrics introduced their Valentine Line last week and I loved sewing some of it up! We were lucky enough to meet up with Anna and her darling kiddos for a quick photo shoot to really highlight this collection. I feel so lucky to have such great sewing friends so close and Anna is so incredibly talented!
This argyle print is such a classic and was instantly a favorite. It’s great for the holidays but will also work well year round. It’s printed on the CLUB grey base which is my absolute fav, especially for boys.
I sewed up a Greenpoint Cardigan from Hey June Handmade. I can’t believe this was my first time using this pattern. It sewed up quickly and looks so cute on. I left off the snaps and buttons for now but I’m still debating whether or not to add them. We’ve struggled with snaps in the past so I’m leaning towards some sleek black buttons…
I’ve been dying to sew up the new Modkid Brooklyn. I love Modkid’s Tween line (Sophie is still just under the size chart chest/hip wise but is a 14 height!). I think this pattern is similar to the True Bias Niko pattern and since I like to try out new styles on my little mini me first she got to be my guinea pig. The mock neck, slim fitting silhouette is so cute on her!
I thought the modern lines of this print were just too perfect for this look! Windowpane prints are having such a moment and the addition of hearts just make this fabric so sweet.
This little girl is all about purple right now. She loved the pretty watercolor stripe and I knew pairing it with the CLUB lilac dots would be a win.
I used the Jolly Roger Raglan from Patterns for Pirates with the funnel neck add-on. I extended the funnel neck height and cropped the bottom hem a couple of inches as well. It’s a cozy closet staple that will get worn often.
I had to get in on the fun! I love the simplicity of these tiny hearts on grey. It’s cute without being too young. It’s a print I can wear year-round and will pull out this sweatshirt often. I used my latest go-to pattern, the Pixie Tee from Chalk and Notch. I cropped the hem about two inches since I plan on wearing this as a layering piece and I love a bit of shirttail sticking out.
I also sewed up a New Horizons Manhattan Dress in the XO double brushed polyester. I love what a quick sew this pattern is and that boat neck is super cute! The drape of the double brushed poly is dreamy as a circle skirt and she loves how soft this dress is.
You can grab these prints on sale through Wednesday, December 19th for $1 off per yard. They’re available on CLUB cotton jersey and french terry with the bottom two prints on double brushed polyester. They’ll stay available in the shop through Valentine’s Day.
Summer is winding down and we are in full back to school mode here- sob, sob! I love spending my days with my kids and it makes me so sad when they are gone ALL day. The one good thing about this time of year is a new school wardrobe! I’m happy to be joining in the Made for Mermaids Back to School Blog Tour. Make sure to use the code M4MB2S to save 20% off patterns.
Our summer in Utah usually comes to a swift end once school starts. Fall will mean 80 degrees one day and 50 degrees the next. Time to sew up some cool weather staples!
My girls sure love to get dolled up for school but always want to be ready for whatever recess may hold. They are girly girls with a side of tomboy spunk.
I sewed up the Blair Tunic for my oldest and the Brooklyn Dress for my youngest.
The Brooklyn dress is such a classic pattern that came together so well. I loved the lined bodice and quick, easy construction. I did a size 7 with an 8 length in the skirt. It’s a great fit that will hopefully get us through the school year.
I used a lovely ponte from my stash and played with the stripes a bit. I love this color on her and she loves how soft and comfy it is. This one lives in skirts and dresses so this will be in constant rotation.
I love, love the options with the Blair pattern. For this version I used a super soft french terry. I had this amazing upholstery fringe that I’ve been dying to use and it was just perfect for this top!
I did a size 7 for her also but added about 2 inches in length to the hi-low hem. Isn’t that hem curve delicious?!
These two sisters had a blast shooting these looks. Big sis had been gone for a couple of days and they were so happy to be reunited.
I hope their relationship stays this sweet forever!
Make sure to stop by all the other stops on the tour. I’ve been loving all the back to school inspiration!