School Uniform Shorts/Burda 9481

School Uniform Shorts/Burda 9481

 

I made Bella some school uniform shorts using Burda 9481. We’ve never had to wear uniforms before, but I hear that if you wait til the last minute,all the cute uniforms sell out at the local stores. This is where sewing can come in useful!

It was my first time using a Burda Kids pattern. It has way more size options than usual, which may account for the bigger price tag on the pattern. I like that I’ll be able to use them for quite a while. I used the same fabric as my Bubble Pocket Shorts. But I was tired of looking at these shorts. I knew I wouldn’t get to add any bows or crazy buttons. Plus, when the tornado knocked our power out, I had to look at them for 4 days. They were taunting me.

I thought that the little money pocket (what are those called?) made it look kind of nifty though, for a sea of blandness that is. I even used one of those nifty hook & eye things. If you look closely, you’ll see where I sewed it in, then had to move it over.

I didn’t even try the lapped zipper. Remember my epic fail on Bellas tribal shorts? They ended up with buttons too.

Bella chose the buttons, and she actually likes the shorts really well. But they’re about an inch and a half too big in the waist. Which is why you see them flat, rather than on her. I made a size 10, and I didn’t have her there to measure when I cut it. She’s growing out of most 8’s, so I really thought they’d fit. Bummer!

I was really upset last year when her school changed to the year round cycle. But she ended up getting longer breaks, and she still gets 2 months off in summer. I ended up liking year round school really well.

So I refuse to get upset that we are now set to be a uniformed school. I see the pros and cons, so I’ll just wait to find out how it is before I decide it’s horrible. I do, however, resent the need for school uniforms. In Oklahoma City there is a growing gang problem in schools. I never had to worry about that stuff as a kid.

I love Bella’s elementary, but we are considering private school, charter school, or homeschooling for middle & high school. Public school in our district is absolutely out of the question. I sort of doubt my capabilities as a teacher, but I’m dreading the private school price tag.

I want to ask what you guys think about school uniforms, and also your experiences with public, private, and homeschooling. I’m just asking for thoughts, no judgements on any comments please. Some people are very opinionated about our children & their educations. Which is totally fine! I just won’t have any mom bashing here. I’ve seen some of the “mommy” sites get brutal! Weigh in if you can help me:)

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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!

19 Comments

  1. disney vacation packages in orlando florida

    All schools over here have school uniforms, except a VERY small minority of alternative schools. The uniforms are very prescriptive, with little, if any, choice allowed… definitely no choice in fabrics. It’s always been that way. No one has to think about what the kids will wear each day and it takes away competition between kids re their clothes. One of the teachers at the school where I taught, suggested that the teachers wear a uniform. Great for kids

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    It’s great as you don’t have to think about what to wear and if it’s fashionable etc. I’m 45 and they had uniforms when I was at school. My husband is Dutch and he had to get use to the idea of uniforms but he now sees how practical it is. His employer has a uniform(not compulsory) and he wears it everyday and he’s just an accountant.

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  3. Mary Catherine

    Hi Amy! I mean it . . . you need to come over here and teach me how to sew kids’ clothes like you do! :) Thanks so much for linking up with Stress-Free Sunday. I hope you’re able to come over and link up this week too (it’s actually up and running already!) :)

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  4. Amy of while wearing heels

    Your sewing skills never cease to amaze me. I love that you are attempting (and succeeding) to make school uniforms. She’ll be the best dressed :). School year round, huh? Best of luck deciding what you’ll do next. I am sure you’ll do what feels right.

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  5. Christine

    LOVE the shorts!! You did a great job!!! I wouldn’t mind Gabrielle having a school uniform.. it would make mornings getting ready a lot easier hehe.

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer!! See you tomorrow evening!

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  6. Katherines Corner

    I wish my grandchildren schools required uniforms. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

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  7. Jo

    I’m in the UK & most if not al schools have uniform. Thank goodness ours are dark gray & red as that cream/beige wouldn’t last a week on my boys! They do look really great :-)

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  8. Lena

    Thanks for linking up to the Mom-Lovin Blog Hop!

    Your blog makes me excited to move back to the US sometime this month where my sewing machine hasn’t had any attention for almost half a year! Excited to be following to keep up with your sewing projects- they’ll inspire me to ‘jump back in the saddle.’

    XOXO/Lena
    RootandBlossom

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  9. Christeen

    Hi, I live in Australia and we have compulsory school uniforms for both primary school and high school. It’s great as you don’t have to think about what to wear and if it’s fashionable etc. I’m 45 and they had uniforms when I was at school. My husband is Dutch and he had to get use to the idea of uniforms but he now sees how practical it is. His employer has a uniform(not compulsory) and he wears it everyday and he’s just an accountant. Which is why he looks at it from a financial point of view.

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  10. Robin

    I home schooled my kids it’s not as hard as you think especially if you go with a school like Connections Academy! Thanks for coming by and sharing! I always look forward to seeing what you’re going to link up next.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

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  11. ingrid@nowathomemom

    These shorts are very pretty Amy! school uniforms, don’t know much about it! when I was in high school I went to a public school (dangerous; gangs) & a couple of years after I left they made their students wear uniforms; everything changed; it is now a good school, I heard! less gangs! but don’t know if it has anything with uniforms! :-) sorry can’t really help in this matter!

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  12. Lisa Nelson

    Oh, in my rant, I forgot to tell you that the shorts are super cute! I’m surprised that they allow you to make them.

    I would rather have everyone wear shorts down to their knees – or maybe long skirts to their ankles – no skin.

    Haha!

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  13. Lisa Nelson

    Hey Amy,

    You know that I love this post, right? Anytime anyone asks me about homeschool – my eyes light up like a child in a candy store!

    Homeschool is a blessing!!!!! It’s wonderful for everyone involved. There are 1,000,001 upsides and only one downside – the kids are with you ALL THE TIME. That could be a good or bad thing. You just get tired sometimes, you know? I guess it’s heightened with me because of the way my hubby is – and how he stays at work all day and night.

    However, I am very pro uniform. It takes much of the mess out of school. Half the kids go to do out the others, you know? These days, school is less about learning and more about what clothes you have, what shoes you wear, what your hair looks like, etc.

    Plus, they don’t pay the poor teachers enough. They are educating our future! These kids will be the feature congressmen and women, president, doctors, lawyers, teachers, etc. Isn’t that a scary thought? I stay up at night with that thought. They should be given the best possible opportunities. We need teachers who have MS and PhD’s, not some tired run down underpaid poor souls. How does that benefit anyone? And, they need to be paid so they keep up with the latest, you know? Kind of like doctors. Plus, they need to eat, and be able to take care of more than the basics for their families. They are important, and we should be treating them that way.

    Plus the money the schools put into sports….

    Okay, Homeschooling is the way to go. Definitely! It’s a gift from On High!

    Ummm, can you tell I’m pro-homeschool? I hope I didn’t come across as too strong.

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  14. momstheword

    The shorts are cute! You did a good job!

    I homeschooled for 16 years all the way through to high school graduation. They have some great curriculum out there that will help you teach subjects. Also, you can buy dvds that will teach subjects for you.

    Many school districts even have the option of having a child learn from home via their computer. There are a lot of options out there!

    When it came to discipline, I just asked myself what would I do if my child’s teacher sent a note home that my child was acting up in school, etc. So if the kids acted up with me, I just disciplined them the same way I would have if they were in public school. My hubby was “the principal” and occasionally my kids had to go see the principal, lol! ;)

    We joined a homeschool co-op for elective “fun” classes and I loved it and the kids loved it.

    Thanks so much for linking up to the “Making Your Home Sing Monday” linky party today! :)

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  15. Pam

    You’ve done a great job on the shorts and better a little large than too small. All schools over here have school uniforms, except a VERY small minority of alternative schools. The uniforms are very prescriptive, with little, if any, choice allowed… definitely no choice in fabrics. It’s always been that way. No one has to think about what the kids will wear each day and it takes away competition between kids re their clothes. One of the teachers at the school where I taught, suggested that the teachers wear a uniform. Great for kids, but NO WAY was I going to wear a uniform… LOL!!!

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  16. Gina

    Cute shorts!! At least she will grow into them rather than having them too small to start with :). My kids have gone to a private school their whole life and it has been a great thing!! When my oldest one started they had to wear collared shirts and uniform shorts. The pros were: 1. It was easy to get dressed in the morning. 2. The kids looked ( and so I think they felt) “professional. The cons: 1. We had school clothes and “real life” clothes. As the years rolled on the uniform shorts were not available in town and had to be ordered. Eventually the the dress code changed and now any shorts are ok as long as they are not cut offs and they have a length requirement. My BFF home schools and loves it. There are a lot of people in my area who home school but I don’t think I could do it. For 1 I am not a teacher and for another I think my kids would revolt as they love the social aspect of school and their peers. My younger son will be going to a public high school as they have so much more to offer academically. We will see how it goes. We always have the option of putting him back in a private school. A private school education is important to us and something that has been a worthwhile investment. I would recommend that you call potential schools and go visit them ( ideally when kids are there!). This will give you a better idea if it is a fit for you! Shop around so you can make an educated decision. You are the person to make the choice that is best for her!!

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    • Amy

      I think I could teach better than public schools. I’m just not the most patient, and Im pretty sure Bella wouldn’t give me “her all” like she does real teachers…I’d have to lay down the law which isn’t my strong point.

      In Oklahoma we have a cool program for home school kids, sports, teams, clubs, prom. I have a while to think about it. I have a plan A, B, & C!

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  17. Rachel

    I think they turned out cute! Nice that you have some flexibility in your uniforms, I’ve seen some posts saying they had to order matching uniform fabric and then disassembled “the real deal” to sew up matching ones.

    We are just getting ready to enter the Pre-K system and already in a panic about what we want to do. In our area if you want your kids in a private or charter school in the later grades your absolute best chance is to start them NOW. I’m not worried about safety so much as class size. I didn’t grow up in a Metro and the size of classes just seems INSANE in the public school systems. I don’t want my kid lost in the masses. For personal reasons (ie I know I don’t have the personality for it) we aren’t considering home schooling.

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