Even though I homeschool my kids, we still celebrate back to school time. There is just something so satisfying about a brand new box of crayons, shiny new binders, bright folders, and most importantly glue sticks. Glue sticks are a pretty hot commodity in my home, and I've been known to hide them so that when I need them, I can find them. (And no, I'm not telling you my secret hiding place.)
I want to share my top 5, all time favorite, most versatile sewing patterns for sewing a back to school wardrobe. I'll be honest it was pretty challenging to narrow it down, but finally managed. (Some links are affiliate links--when you use my affiliate links, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my efforts!)
1. Norah Dress and Tunic by Mouse House Creations--I love this one for the vintage shape and feel of it, but also for the sheer amount of versatility. Short sleeves, long sleeves, or sleeveless. Dress or top. Collar or no collar. See? Sew many options, sew little time. You can read more about MY Norah tunic that I sewed for my daughter. It's pretty unique top that she proudly owns.
2. Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle--This one can be transformed into a great number of creations. With a little bit of imagination (and some sewing creativity), your son can be a knight, dragon, or anything else his heart desires. Your daughter can also be a knight, princess, or anything else you can dream up for her. Really the modifications are pretty simple to make. Of course you could leave off all embellishments and simply have a zip up hoodie--but seriously, who wants a boring hoodie when you can have a unique, one of a kind hoodie?
3. Soda Pop Polo by Candy Castle Patterns--Another fantastic pattern for embellishing or upcycling. This pattern boasts tons of options: hood, polo style collar, henley, short or long sleeves, or do layered sleeves if you feel like it. This pattern can be used year round. Check out what my friend, Bethany at Sew Not Perfect created for her boys. She did a fabulous job of upcycling for her polos. You can also read about my 2 Soda Pop Polo experiences here and here.
4. Small Fry Skinny Jeans by Titchy threads--If you are looking for a versatile pants pattern for boys as well girls, this fits the bill. And they are super stylish too! Skinny jeans are in style and can be made in almost any fabric with a little bit of stretch. If you are looking to make some super skinny jeans, just make a size or 2 smaller in the width, but keep the length the same length for your child's height. (When attempting this, you should ALWAYS make a quick muslin to check for fit...ask me how I know.)
5. Playtime Leggings by Oliver +S--Because every girl needs an amazing pair of leggings to wear under her skirts or dresses on the playground. These are great because you can cut them off to make shorts, or you can follow my Whimsical Fabric tutorial in order to make ruffled shorties. I love leggings because they are super quick to make and you can literally make them in any color. Yes, I know you can also buy them fairly inexpensively, but personally I think it's super impressive when your daughter is wearing one-of-a-kind leggings when hanging upside down on the monkey bars.
There you have it: my favorite patterns for a handmade back to school wardrobe. It was so super duper hard to narrow it down to just 5 patterns! I tried to choose patterns that would be either very versatile to be worn during all seasons or patterns that could be sewn for either boys or girls.
Here's a list of a few other favorite patterns that I also love, and I simply couldn't leave them out:
- Soleil dress by Selvage Designs
- Marc by Filles A Maman
- Aivilo Ruffle Pants by Aivilo Charlotte
- Everest Pants by Gracious Threads
- Carlie's Dollman by EYMM
What are your favorite back to school sewing patterns?
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