Sewing Patterns For Back To School

Here are this year’s top ten sewing patterns for back to school clothes. I chose great basics that layer well to transition easily to fall. A larger size range was a criteria as well, because I want to get lots of use for my money. These patterns are designed for comfort, fit, and style. This post contains affiliate links for brands I trust and use. Read on!

Top Ten Sewing Patterns For Back To School: Sew your kids stylish in these casual basics with a larger size range

Top Ten Sewing Patterns For Back To School

Morrison Tee by Hey June

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School: Morrison Tee from Hey June

Description:  A casual boxy fit dolman tee. Options include banded sleeves, cap sleeves, or long sleeves. Choose a hi-low hem, a straight hem, or either version with a front tie hem. Sizes 6-16

Star Top from Blaverry

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School : Star Top by Blaverry

Description:  Classic knit boat neck tee with 3 different sleeve options. Beautiful construction method. Sizes 2T-16

*see my Star Top here

Four Seasons Cardigan from EYMM

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School : Four Seasons Duster from EYMM

Description: Open-front draped cardigan witch 2 length variations, 5 sleeve options and an optional integrated hood. Size newborn-18 tween

Jalie 3462 Cora Running Tights & Shorts  

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School: Cora Running Tights from Jalie


Description: Ankle length leggings or mid-thigh length shorts with wide waistband and practical pocket at the back. Seamless between the legs. Girls sizes 2-13 and women’s sizes 4-22.

Luna Loungewear by Love Notions

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School Clothes: Luna Loungewear from Love Notions

Cami tank, knee-length nighty, bralette, capris and shorts. The bralette can be worn on its own or paired with the cami and nighty as a shelf bra. The capris and shorts feature an elasticated waistband with optional drawstring, faux fly and side-seam pockets. The capris and shorts can be made from woven or knit fabrics while the cami and nighty are meant for knits. Sizes 2-16 and 8-16 in plus sizes.

My tester version is shown above. Click here to read more about this pattern.

Cartwheel Collection by Love Notions

Top 10 Sewing Pattern For Back To School Clothes: The Cartwheel Collection by Love Notions

This collection contains six separate patterns for knit fabrics: shirt, dress, shorts, capris, tunic and skirt. The shirt, tunic & dress have a sweet peek-a-boo back that’s just the right amount of fun. The double layer circle skirt has a pick-up detail to add even more fun as well as the ability to attach shorts or capris. Sizes 2-14.

Yo Ho Henley from P4P

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School Clothes: Yo Ho Henley from Patterns for Pirates

Unisex tee with  short, 3/4 rolled up, or long hemmed or banded sleeve options. T-shirt or tunic length with traditional t-shirt neckband and open Henley placket neck option. There is also a hood option with the Henley placket and thumb-hole cuffs for the long sleeves. Sizes 3 months-14 years.

Elevation Hoodie by New Horizons Designs

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School Clothes: Elevation Hoodie from New Horizons Designs


Codor blocked hoodie with lined or unlined wrap hood  and inset kangaroo pocket. Designed for sweatshirt fleece, fleece, French terry, or medium weight knits with 35% stretch. Sizes 6 months-16 years.

Boheme Skye from Striped Swallow Designs

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School: Boheme Skye by Striped Swallow Designs

Tunic, midi and dress length with a cascading handkerchief hem.  Sleeve options include tank, short, elbow length, or long. Sizes 2T-14.

Mini Hudson Pants by True Bias

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School: True Bias Hudson Pants

Full length or mid-calf skinny sweat pant with an elastic waistband, drawstring, pockets, and cuffs. The fit leaves a bit of extra room around the hips and tapers into a skinny leg.  Size 2-10. (Adult size Hudson Pants fit tweens and teens.)


I hope this helps you shop sewing patterns for back to school! Do your kids wear uniforms? I’ve got you covered! Check out my list of school uniform sewing patterns. I also have a Pinterest Board filled with all the children’s sewing patterns I love. 


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My Fabric Designs |Shop Overview

Panda Raglan with Coverstitch Details. Tribal Print Jersey from My Fabric Designs

Have you shopped at My Fabric Designs yet? Here’s my latest raglan tee, and details of my consumer experience with My Fabric Designs.

Panda Raglan with Coverstitch Details. Tribal Bands Jersey from My Fabric Designs

I couldn’t say no to an opportunity to partner with My Fabric Designs as a blog sponsor. Please note that I was already a customer, and all opinions are my own. My goal over the next few months is to introduce you to several of the amazing apparel fabrics available, and share my experience attempting to design fabric. 

My Fabric Designs

My Fabric Designs is an online shop where you can purchase fabric designed by the sewing and quilting community. You can design your own prints too! There are 26 types of fabric available, including lots of yummy apparel fabric. I used Tribal Bands in organic cotton interlock knit for the sleeves of this panda inspired raglan. I made it for my daughter, who is 11 tomorrow! (And obsessed with pandas, way obsessed.)

Panda Raglan Tee in organic cotton interlock knit from My Fabric Designs

The pattern is Jalie 3245 (yet again.) I wanted to test drive before I really cut into my new fabric. I washed it twice to investigate. The sleeves washed well with no pilling or fading so far. The body is an inexpensive interlock from my stash, and I can totally see the difference in wear. MFD interlock recovery is divine. This is the perfect light/medium weight fabric for t-shirts.

Swatchbook from My Fabric Designs. Fabric weight, thread count, and fiber content are printed right onto each swatch.

I ordered a swatch book for $5 before I started. I wanted to touch and see each of the 26 types of fabric before I purchased. It’s the nicest swatch book ever. The fabric type is printed right onto each swatch, and includes the printable area size, thread count, and weight. On the website you can click on fabric and see a description, plus shrink percentage and fabric care instructions. (That cotton slinky knit is on my list. It’s lighter and a tiny bit sheer…get on my body.)

Jalie 3245 raglan, coverstitch detail

BTW: This raglan sort of knocked out 2 of my New Years resolutions. I’m learning to use my coverstitch…check out the hem and cuffs! Below is the neckline.

Coverstitch neckline finishing on Jalie 3245

Another goal for this year was to try designing fabric, digitally and by hand. The panda applique on front is from my first fabric design, Sleepy Pandas. (I’ll show you what I made with it soon!) I can’t wait to tell you about how the design process at My Fabric Designs works. I’m on a slow learning curve, never having much patience with technology. You’ll get to see what I love and what I have trouble with.

Sleepy Pandas fabric by Amy Mayen, available at My Fabric Designs

One really cool feature is that you can list your personal designs on the site, and be paid a 10% commission. I’m always looking for ways to earn a few extra pennies, so maybe with some practice I can really get good! Those of you with digital skills are going to love it, and those who don’t can follow along and learn with me:) I can’t wait to show you the design process works and how the printed fabric looks in real life.


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Jalie Tank | My Fabric Designs

Jalie 3245 | Womens Tank Top in Modern Jersey

If you find yourself sewing the same basic wardrobe pieces over and over, it’s fun to mix it up with fabric. Here’s a Jalie tank made with modern jersey from My Fabric Designs.

Jalie Tank Pattern With My Fabric Designs In Modern Jersey

My Fabric Designs is a custom printed fabric shop. There are 26 types of fabric to choose from, including quilting grade cottons, apparel fabrics galore, and home dec textiles. You can see the fabric choices here.

Jalie Tank in modern jersey from My Fabric Designs (Jalie 3245)

Next you upload your own design or choose from their selection. I chose this bright print called Tribal Sky.

My Fabric Designs uses a special ink jet printer to print directly onto fabric, or a sublimation heat transfer process. You can even print one yard at a time.

Jalie 3245 | Womens Tank Top in Modern Jersey

I took forever choosing my fabric type for my Jalie tank. There are performance knits, French Terry, everything an apparel sewist could want. I knew the modern jersey would be a fun challenge. It’s very thin, stretches like crazy, and has excellent recovery. It wouldn’t work for a fitted garment like leggings, because it stretches to the point of translucence. But it’s perfect for this top!

Jalie Tank sewn in modern jersey from My Fabric Designs

The rounded hem was tough to tackle. A split side seam with a longer back might have been an easier route, but I didn’t realize that until after cutting. I finally got it to all come together, but not without some serious help from friends on the MayenDesigns Facebook page. (Thanks, ya’ll!) I made a video if you’d like to see the properties of the modern jersey. It looks a little wonky here; but the fabric did relax into the stitches and it looks great.

Jalie Tank, Tribal Sky in modern jersey from My Fabric Designs

This is Jalie 3245 again, but it’s my first time making the tank version. I swung out the center front fold using my tutorial make a flowy top from a fitted pattern. Other than that, no changes. Zero complaints, as usual with Jalie patterns. I cut according to my bust size and the fit is just right.

Jalie 3245, Tribal Sky in modern jersey

That’s about it; I had an excellent experience with a fabric company I hadn’t had the opportunity to try before. I made a Jalie tank but mixed it up with a “trickier to work with” fabric and felt proud of myself afterwards, since I tend to get real comfortable just sticking to what I do well.

I hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving! I’ll be helping my sister in law cook instead of hosting this year. I’m absolutely thrilled about that. I stress the hell out on Thanksgiving (keeping it real here) and I’m thankful to help chop celery and corral the kids instead. Tell me what you’re thankful for this week!

Big hugs to all :)

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Make a Flowy Top From A Fitted Pattern

I have an awesome sewing cheat for you: how to make a flowy top from a fitted pattern. You’ll love this hack because it’s a real simple adjustment that really changes the look of your same ole’ patterns.

How To Make A Flowy Top From A Fitted Pattern | Sewing Tutorial By SewsNBows

This technique is technically a full abdomin adjustment “cheat” for knits. We are avoiding the slash and spread method though. And it’s not just for full tummies! Looser fitting, drapey garments are all over the runway, and it looks good on fluffy and willowy frames.

Jalie 3245

I tend to sew the same tried and true patterns over and over. This is also a fun way to mix up your favorite patterns with a little bohemian flair.

How To Make A Flowy Top From A Fitted Pattern

How To Make A Flowy Top From A Fitted Pattern

Place your front and back pattern pieces on fold,but rotate the bottom out one inch. This will give you 2″ of extra width on each piece, for a total of 4″.

Reshape your hem so that your center front doesn’t have a pointy edge. I’ve drawn mine in red to help you visualize what I did. That’s it. Easy, right?!

Jalie 3245 with adjustment for a flower fit


If you choose to swing the pattern pieces out more than an inch, pay attention to the side seam. Adding more width can shorten the side seam, so you may need to add length. Be sure to add equal length to the front and back piece.

The more you swing the pattern piece out, the more flowy your t-shirt will be. It will also create a slightly looser fit in the chest than you’re seeing in Bella’s top. I like to experiment with fabric for different garment looks.

Jalie 3245

I used Jalie 3245. I’ve sewn this pattern so many times I wrote a round up post showing how fabric type affects garment fit. Somebody in my house is almost always wearing one…we live in our raglan tees.

Jalie 3245

I sew I make the same patterns endlessly, and at least 75% of my knit fabric stash is stripes. Pardon the repetition! Do you have a favorite way to mix up a tried and true pattern?

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How Fabric Affects Garment Fit

How Fabric Affects Garment Fit: Jalie 3245 sewn in 4 different fabrics

Wanna see the same pattern, sewn in 4 different types of knit fabric? Here’s a quick visual of how fabric affects garment fit; and can change the look and style of your project.

How Fabric Affects Garment Fit: Jalie 3245, sewn in 4 different fabric types.

Here’s my latest sew, Jalie 3245 again. I love this pattern, I wear baseball tees all the time. (And flannels. And moccasins. It’s my momiform.)

How Fabric Affects Garment Fit: Jalie 3245 sewn in 4 different fabrics

These prints are high quality, medium weight jersey knit with 4-way stretch. Both are cotton with 5% Lycra. This is my favorite type of fabric to work with; 5% lycra is the magic number for me. It has  excellent stretch recovery, the fabric hugs you and it’s super soft.

Below is a very similar top in tribal print and stripes. It’s the exact same type of fabric, jersey knit; except it’s lighter weight and has 2-way stretch instead of 4-way. It stretches along the width of the fabric, but there isn’t much stretch vertically.

How Fabric Affects Garment Fit: Jalie 3245 sewn in 4 different fabrics

Visually, I don’t see a ton of difference in the top using less expensive fabric. This top thinner and needs a tank under it, and it’s definitely not as stretchy. But still a great top that gets a ton of wear.

How Fabric Affects Garment Fit: Jalie 3245 sewn in 4 different fabric types

Next is the same pattern, using an upcycled t-shirt with 100% cotton and very little stretch. Using this type of fabric won’t give you much ease, and you can really tell the difference in the fit. I got claustrophophobic taking it on and off! That’s why my sister in law is wearing it.

How Fabric Affects Fit: Jalie 3245 sewn in 4 different fabrics

Here it is again using a lightweight jersey slub. Slub knit has a little bit of texture to it, since it’s made using uneven yarns. Linen and handwoven cotton almost always have slub, but in knit fabric it’s made that way intentionally.

The fabric content and stretch varies with slub knits. I like a cotton/Lycra blend; but I’ve used some with a little bit of polyester (or some type of synthetic fiber) content that felt nice too. Often it’s a bit sheer, great for summer clothing. It gives this top a looser, drapier feel. I wear this top a lot!

After wearing all these tops, I gotta be honest and say that the pricier fabric on the first version look and feel the best. The less expensive fabric in the second top looks just as nice, but isn’t as thick and stretchy. Not a deal breaker for me. The slub knit has a totally different aesthetic that I love; but the 100% cotton knit top (version 3) was worn only once.

How fabric affects garment fit

My newest Jalie 3245 is my favorite of all. Sadly, I used the laziest construction of all with this one!

Jalie 3245

I didn’t serge any of the seams. I used a double needle to stitch the neckline, hem, and sleeves; but the tension was a little loose. I really need to unpick it and redo. I’m holding my breath for that sponsor who wants to give me a coverstitch machine. Ha!

Jalie 3245

I think it’s interesting to see how fabric affects garment fit. But I’m kind of boring, sewing the same things over and over. I’ve become pickier about everything sewing related; from fit to fabric. It makes it harder to get a project off the ground!

Until next time, friends.

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