Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sewing for Kindergarten

It's hard to believe that it was just three years ago that I was Sewing for Kindergarten with Drew. Now here I am sewing for my second child in kindergarten with the lovely Mie from Sewing Like Mad. Every year she invites fellow bloggers to sew for their new kindergarteners. It's just the push I need to actually sew for my boy and to actually write on this rusty blog!

Nash. Nash.

Oh Nash.

If I could have one hundred Nash's in my life, I would.

And somehow in spite of it he went and turned five and left me for kindergarten. This to this in a blink of an eye:


But kindergarten is FUN. Serious fun. He loves it and is blowing me away with how much he is  learning. However hard it is to watch your child grow older, it is just as much fun to see them learn and become the person they are becoming.

Now I don't sew clothes often for my boy. I think it's because I prefer basics for him and it is easier to pay $12 for a pair of jeans at Target or H&M than to make them myself. And he has a million t-shirts so I didn't want to make him any more of those. But these button down shirts were exactly what a studious little kindergartener needed. I used the Sketchbook Shirt pattern from Oliver + S and whipped out four of them. This red check shirt is my favorite. (You can see the rest at the bottom of the post.)

Now things never get too cold here in the desert but there are days in the winter that you need something more than a shirt. Usually just a hoodie is fine. (Winter is glorious here!) I made Nash a Study Hall Jacket using some textured suiting I've had in my closet forever and some flannel. He loves this jacket. So much that he has tried to wear it several times even though temps are in the 100's still.

He really appreciated his name sewn on the tag.

And here is another of the Sketchbook Shirts I made him using Cotton and Steel's skeleton print. And it's not for Halloween. We just like skeletons in our house.

And here are all four of the Sketchbook Shirts I made him:

I did not photograph him in the Super Mario Bros or Minion shirts, although those are of course his favorites. If you see in the pic, those two shirts are shorter than the other two. I found that the Sketchbook Shirt pattern was extremely short in the size 6. They look unproportionate. I didn't have enough fabric to recut those two shirts but I did for the others and I added an extra two inches to the length. Much better. Just something to be aware of if making that pattern.

I hope you have been following along on this fun series! There is nothing cuter than kindergartners and mommy made clothes! Thanks for hosting Mie!


  1. The shirts are so fun! The jacket is fabulous! I can see why your son loves it so much! And of course having their name written on stuff makes everything heaps cooler hehe

  2. Awww, Chelise thank you so much for this post! You know you have a special place in this series being the one inspiring me to start this series and all. You can never not participate haha. I absolutely LOVE what you made and I seriously want that jacket for myself. Perfection!
    Thank you again!

  3. The skeleton print! That is very (!) cool. I'm pretty sure my girls would like that one, too. And that jacket... oh myyyy, I can understand Mie's wildest dreams to get one for herself.

  4. That's a lot of awesome clothes! Love it all! 💙💙💙

  5. So great!!! I have made a few Sketchbooks in size 6 recently for my long-torsoed 7 year old and I had to add a lot of length to make them look proportional too! These are fantastic!