Best School Uniform Sewing Patterns

The Best PDF Patterns for Sewing School Uniforms

Looking for school uniform sewing patterns? Ain’t nobody got time for that! I’ve got it all the patterns you need for back to school; here in one handy list. This my updated list (originally published at Serger Pepper.)

School Uniform Sewing Patterns| Best Patterns For Back To School


My top 3 picks for shirts should keep your littles well dressed all school year.


Stellars Vest from Elegance & Elephants

Stellar's Vest & Dress pattern from E&E |School Uniform Sewing Patterns

Sleeveless v-neck vest with banded arm holes. Perfect to throw over a polo or button up top. Goes up to size 10.


Prepster Pullover by Blank Slate Patterns

Prepster Pullover by Blank Slate Patterns | School Uniform Sewing Patterns

Mandarin collar with button placket, back yoke, and short or long sleeves. Includes sleeve tab and pocket options. Up to size 8.


Classic Polo by PeekABoo Patterns

Classic Polo from Peekaboo Patterns | School Uniform Sewing Patterns

Long or short sleeved polo with collar & button placket. Unisex and easily customizable.


These patterns will give you the most variation for your money, while staying within the dress code.



Classic Chinos by Peekaboo Patterns


Classic Chinos | School Uniform Sewing Patterns

The perfect khaki pants pattern for school uniforms. Also includes shorts length chinos. Up to size 12.


Beach Bum Bermudas by Peekaboo Patterns

Bermuda Shorts by Peekaboo Patterns | School Uniform Sewing Patterns

A more casual alternative to chino shorts. Up to size 8.


Lottie Skirt by Brownie Goose

Lottie Skirt by Brownie Goose| School Uniform Sewing Patterns

A fitted waistband with button or hook and eye closure, gathered skirt or box pleats, and professional 3″ hem. Up to size 14.


Layering Patterns

These patterns will help transition your school uniform wardrobe in between seasons.


Basic Leggings by Serger Pepper

Basic Leggings pattern from Serger Pepper | School Uniform Sewing Patterns for Back To School

Leggings to keep legs warm under skirts or shorts.


V-neck cardigan by PeekABoo Patterns, 3 mos-12 years

V-neck Cardigan pattern from Peekaboo Patterns| School Uniform Sewing Patterns

Button up cardigan with banded sleeves and waistband.



Patterns you need for gym class to the lunch room.


Buccaneer BBall Shorts from Patterns for Pirates

Buccaneer BBall Shorts from Patterns For Pirates | Best PDF Patterns for Back To School

Basketball style shorts with curved or straight legs, panel piping or stripes, and faux or working drawstring waistband. These will look great in gym class!


Backpack for Toddlers by Filles a Maman

Backpack For Toddlers pattern, Filles a Maman

For smaller kids, this backpack is perfect for back to school! Pattern includes 2 versions.


Love Your Lunchbox from Gingercake

Love Your Lunchbox pattern from Gingercake | Best Back To School Sewing Patterns

Handy lunchbox pattern with bonus snack pouch.

These are my picks for school uniform sewing patterns. If you want to get a head start on fall and winter wardrobe planning, check out this free printable checklist from Gracious Threads.

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Hope this helps you get geared up to sew. You might like some of my sewing boards on Pinterest. That’s where I pin all the things I want to sew…but never get around to making. Sigh…

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Everyday Tank Top & Dress Pattern Tour

Everyday Tank pattern | SewsNBows

Today I’m on the Everyday Tank Top & Dress pattern tour!

Everyday Tank Top & Dress Pattern by Serger Pepper

As always, Serger Pepper delivers a great wardrobe staple for your pattern stash. Here’s Zoey modeling her Everyday Tank!

Everyday Tank Top & Dress pattern by Serger Pepper

Zoey wanted a colorful, cheerleader inspired look. Bright Stenzo jersey knits make up her top and matching skirt.

Stenzo jersey knit tank top

This is a cray surfer print I bought at L’Ouseau Fabrics. I like it with the dots. When it comes to print mixing; seems like people are either on one side of the fence or the other…

I stand firmly on the side of mix it up.

Everyday Tank Top & Dress Pattern Tour | SewsNBows

I modified this pattern by using cheetah-print fold over elastic on the neckline and armcye. I should’ve pulled the elastic just a tad tighter while I sewed; but I still ended up with a well loved outfit. I love f.o.e. and use it on all my Big Girl Briefs too.

Elastic Waist Girls Skirt | SewsNBows

I wanted to make the dress option and flare out the bottom, but it was a little short on fabric. Serger Pepper patterns are designed with refashioning in mind though. The contrast side panels on the Everyday Tanks Top & Dress pattern allow for using smaller pieces of fabric. So I had just enough purple left to eek out a simple gathered rectangle skirt.

Everyday Tank Top pattern | SewsNBows

Another consistent feature of Serger Pepper designs is clothing that is meant to grow with your child. These patterns are built with generous length, and so far tend to really focus on knit fabrics. I would say Irene is the most eco-friendly and budget conscience designer in the market.

Everyday Tank pattern | SewsNBows

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DIY Batman Costume For Tween Girls

DIY Batman Costume for Tween Girls

My easy DIY Batman costume was quick to sew, tween friendly, and it’s comfy enough to double as loungewear.

DIY Batman Costume for Tween Girls

This project would’ve been a great addition to the Halloween Hacks Series at Swoodson Says, but as usual I’m late to the game. This is my unofficial, unplanned hack! Check out the series for a ton of ideas to Halloweenify regular clothing patterns.

DIY Batman Costume for Tween Girls

My baby is almost too cool to dress up now, but next week is “theme week” at school. They get a hat day, pajama day, etc. Friday they get to wear superhero costumes; and this was our answer. I used the Flashback Skinny Tee pattern for the top, and added the Bat Logo myself. SugarTot Designs has free superhero templates you can download. I used knit fabric that shifted around, so my logo doesn’t do Telisa’s cute template justice. It passed Bella’s inspection though, so I’m not upset it isn’t perfect.

DIY Batman Costume for Tween Girls (link to free logo template)

Brat wouldn’t let me add one of the cute little tutus to her costume. I truly couldn’t stand the utter lack of embellishment; so I used my Hot Fix Tool* to add some bling around the logo. It made me feel better, but definitely not the satisfaction I would’ve gotten from a huge, fluffy blue tutu.

DIY Batman Costume for Tween Girls

The pants pattern is the Basic Leggings* from Serger Pepper. They have a wide cuff on bottom that tucks into boots perfectly. We have several pairs of Basic Leggings in heavy rotation at my house. The pattern is really easy to modify, and it’s build to last through growth spurts. One can’t really have too many black leggings!

DIY Batman Costume for Tween Girls

This is probably the most cost efficient costume I’ve ever made. I used a high quality knit fabric because this stuff can be worn everyday. I know the leggings will be worn all the time. The top will at least be slept in; and possibly even worn outside. Worst case scenario, it gets donated to Bella’s little cousin who is definitely inheriting the cape. I could even pick off the appliqué if I had to. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with this tween-friendly DIY Batman costume.

Want more costume inspiration? Visit Creative Costumes for lots of Halloween ideas!

DIY Batman Costume for Tween Girls

Update: I got my tutu! Bella told her aunt she felt like her costume was “missing something” and asked her to make one! I’ll try my best to get an iPhone pic and share on my social media- I thought my tutu days were over but it looks like I get to have one more:)

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Tween PDF Pattern Master List Pajama Patterns

Here are some great pajama patterns for kids, all with tween sizes. This page is updated frequently, so check back often! Some pajama patterns contain affiliate links.

Tween PDF Pattern MasterList | Pajama Patterns


Brassie Joggers by Greenstyle Creations, size XXS-3XL

Brassie Joggers by Greenstyle| Tween PDF Pajama Patterns

Brassie Joggers are super comfy but can also be dressed up depending on your fabric choice. They have sleek lines, optional decorative stitching, and streamlined pockets to reduce bulk. The XXS will fit younger tweens, XS will fit most girls size 14-16. Read the size chart and adjust for length if needed.



Basic Leggings by SergerPepper, size 3-14 years

Basic Leggings by Serger Pepper | Tween PDF Pajama Patterns

High rise leggings with optional leg cuff and generous length. 


Taylor’s Tween Pajama Pants by CKC, 7/8-15/16

Taylor's Tween Pajama Pants pattern from CKC | Tween PDF Pajama Patterns

Slouchy pajama bottoms with elastic waist.


Classic Panties & Camisole* from PAB, 12 months-12 years

Classic Panties & Camisole from PAB | Tween PDF Pattern MasterList

This cami top is comfy for sleeping in, featuring knit straps rather than elastic. 

Everyday Yoga Pant from Greenstyle, size 4-14

Everyday Yoga Pant by Greenstyle | Tween PDF Pajama Patterns  

Knit yoga pants or shorts with a boot cut leg and fold over yoga style waist.


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Basic Leggings pattern from Serger Pepper

Basic Leggings Pattern from Serger Pepper

I’m so excited to share the Basic Leggings pattern from SergerPepper!

Serger Pepper's Basic Leggings pattern | SewsNBows

What I love about Mamma Nene is that she’s all about thrift. Upcycling, refashioning, and stretching your resources. This pattern goes all the way up to 14 years. It’s a staple that you’ll be able to use again and again!

Basic Leggings Pattern from Serger Pepper

The tween fashion trend now is to roll their waistband over in leggings or sweats. See, I couldn’t stand it because then the pants sit too low. Low rise is kind of sexy, and not right on kids. Or anyone without abs.

Side rant, totally unrelated to this post:

If you have a muffin top, or a whole pan of biscuits like me; get yourself a nice mid rise pant so you aren’t walking around tugging your pants up all day.

Now, back to business. I love that the Basic Leggings pattern has a higher rise, and Bella can roll her waistband. So I get a proper fit, and Bella doesn’t have to sacrifice “style”. We are happy all around:)

Tween Fashion Trend: Rolled Waistband

This pattern is designed for fabric with some Lycra content, however I’ve used regular cotton knit and still got a great fit.

Basic Leggings pattern from SergerPepper

There is generous length so everyone should be able to use this pattern. If you leave them long, like I did; they’ll get worn for a long time. And they’re comfortable enough to sleep in!

Serger Peppers Basic Leggings

The Basic Leggings pattern is now available on Craftsy!


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