Back To School Tee + New Glasses

Back To School Tee + New Glasses

What an incredible summer! Is anyone back to school sewing yet? I started with a basic tee; the Seena Dolman Tee pattern again.

back To School Sewing: Seena Dolman Tee by Gracious Threads

Our back to school routine means shopping for jeans and tees and getting an eye exam. Last year I spent over $500 in glasses…several pairs. Bella has gotten better about taking care of them (since I had a fit), but she’s 10 and things do happen.

Where To Shop For Back To School Glasses

I consider myself a frugal person, but I used to buy her the designer glasses. My theory was that they were made better and would last longer; saving me money. But the truth is, expensive glasses get lost and stepped on just as easily as the rest. So this year I skipped the name brands and went to, where most glasses average between $20-$40.

Where aTo Buy Kids Glasses For Cheap

Cool dragon, right?

Firmoo sent me this pair to show y’all, and I was happy to since I own a pair myself. They tend to be lighter weight plastic frames, which Bella prefers over the metal frames with nose pieces. You enter the prescription and pupillary distance and they make them. Simple. Plus there’s a nifty “try-on” tool so you can see the frames on your face.

Back To School Tee | SewsNBows

Glasses: check. T-shirts…we are in dire need. Looks like I need to bump Bella’s Seena Dolman Tee pattern size up to a small from the women’s XS. Gaw they grow fast. I plan to sew several of these and a couple of Jalie Raglan Tees. Is it bad that most of Bellas shirts are the same 2 patterns? She wears them, so I’m sticking with it. I’m too poor to waste fabric on anything she won’t wear.

Seena Dolman Tee sewing pattern for back to school tees

Did you notice it started to rain on us during the photoshoot? I’m always happy when I don’t have to water all the crops. I say crops to sound like a real farmer…but it’s actually a few large gardens:)

Add a patch pocket to ant tee for a cute wardrobe update

In other news, our 4th of July party was a bangin’ success. I’m sorry I didn’t get any pictures of my decorations. I wanted to show you so bad! It’s been a #struggle to get much blogging done at all. I promise to set up early next year and take pictures and be a good blogger. Scouts honor.

Anyhow, Bella’s back to school tee may not fit when school starts, but it sure is cute. I’ll be back as soon as I can with another make!

Back To School Tee | SewsNBows

Pattern: Seena Dolman Tee by Gracious Threads
Mods: omitted sleeve and hem bands, added length, added patch pocket
Fabric: stripes from Girl Charlee

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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Annie

    Is it time to think about back to school already? I feel like the summer has just started…I am in denial ;o Happy to hear you are having a great summer! Cute T-shirt and glasses. Wish I had pair of glasses like them when I was 10!
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  2. Gina

    Darling tee and glasses, beautiful girl!! I think a tee is a tee and if you have a pattern that works then that is all you need. It’s more about the cute fabric and pocket!!! I can’t believe the summer id half gone and it is time to think about back to school clothes. I am going to hold you to your promise to show us your 4th of July decorations next year!!!

  3. Victoria

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who struggles at blogging the fun things I do. G;ad you had a good fourth! And I love that top and those glasses! She has trendier glasses than I do…she’ll be styling for the first day.

    There are a couple ladies in my office who have tried Zenniopitcal before–I have yet to try any discounted sites. Knowing about Firmoo is helpful, too, thanks for the link!

  4. Pam @Threading My Way

    I’d stick to just the two t-shirts, too, if that’s what she’ll wear. It’s a great style and looks great in the stripe. The glasses really suit, too.
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  5. Angela

    Those glasses are adorable. I have 1 kid in glasses and will have to check that out. That’s a great tee too. Kids live in jeans and tees and don’t seem to need much variety so go with it. 2 patterns that fit is plenty. You are creative and find ways to change them up anyway.
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