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.)

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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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Just Keep Swimming: Summer Swimwear Tour 2016

 

 

Welcome to my stop on the Summer Swimwear Tour! This tour showcases patterns from Jess of Gracious Threads, Ajaire from Call Ajaire, and Saskia of The Wolf and the Tree. Sponsoring the tour is Rachel from Imagine Gnats, who generously provided fabric for the bloggers on tour.

Just Keep Swimming rashguard pattern from The Wold and the Tree

I sewed the Just Keep Swimming rashguard and shorties pattern. The rashguard includes 3 sleeve lengths or sleeveless options, a solid or color blocked variation, and 3 bodice lengths. The bottoms include high waisted or regular briefs, and high waisted or regular shorts in 3 lengths. That’s over 160 combinations!

Just Keep Swimming rashguard pattern from The Wold and the Tree

I made 2 pairs of the short-length shorts to match Bella’s cropped rashguard. I love mix and match sets; I have at least 2 swimsuits in every load of laundry.

Just Keep Swimming rashguard pattern from The Wold and the Tree

These are great for cheer and gymnastics too. I plan to make solid black pairs for the girls to wear under their cheerleading uniforms next month. They have the perfect length and butt coverage for spanky pants.

Just Keep Swimming rashguard pattern by The Wold and the Tree

It’s worth a mention that the colorblocking option is perfect for older girls who may need fit adjustments up top. Princess seams practically do the job for you. This rashguard is sewn with no adjustments (and fits great) for reference. Rest assured it will be cake to add some more room later if needed.

Today is the last day to take advantage of the great deals offered by the Summer Swimwear Tour hostesses. Designs by Call Ajaire is offering 20% off all patterns in her Etsy shop using the code SWIMTOUR, Gracious Threads is offering 15% off the purchase of 3 or more patterns in her shop (no coupon needed), and The Wolf and the Tree is offering 15% off patterns using the code SWIMTOUR. So take a few minutes to patron these awesome designers!

Summer Swimwear Tour 2016

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Girls Luna Loungewear + My Fabric Designs

Check out the girls version of the Luna Loungewear pattern by Love Notions. Bella likes her set as much as I like mine!

Luna Loungewear pattern for girls, by Love Notions

This is the size 14 tester version, and the straps have now been moved in slightly for a perfect fit. I know the fit is perfect because this girl ^ had me sew a couple more tanks for school. They’re in the laundry basket every time I try to get photos.

The similar RTW tank tops she wears are $10 when I catch them on sale, eek. It’s the built in shelf bra feature that she loves. I’m infinitely relieved I have a new go-to pattern, because her tanks are in heavy rotation.

 

Luna Loungewear, Love Notions Patterns

I’m an affiliate for Love Notions Patterns. When I showed you my women’s Luna Loungewear set, several of you bought the pattern from my link in the post. I received a commission for those purchases, and I wanted to say thank you. You got a great pattern, and helped me maintain this blog.

I’ll link this pattern at the bottom of the post, in case you want to buy it. (I think you do.)

Luna Loungewear pattern by Love Notions

I used cotton slinky knit from My Fabric Designs. The cotton slinky knit is lighter than their interlock, and has 6% spandex for a lot more stretch. It’s perfect for Luna Loungewear. I love that I can shop prints or design my own fabric; then choose between 26 different types of fabric. If you shop there, I highly recommend getting a swatch book. It makes planning a sewing project so easy.

 

Luna Loungewear for girls in cotton slinky knit from My Fabric Designs

Since I told you how great this pattern is in a previous post, I really have to show off my coverstitch work. I haven’t tried all the things my machine can do yet, but I’m getting the hang of the basics. It was tricky to cleanly start and stop the stitch work on the faux fly. (I had to rip it out once.)

Luna Loungewear for tweens! Cotton slinky knit from My Fabric Designs

As for the construction, I prefer the self binding straps option on this tank over the fold over elastic I used for mine. It’s nice and clean, wears well, and was easier than I thought.

I used a piece of crochet lace for the drawstring until I find some cording. I attached the two lace ends to a piece of skinny elastic in back. The elastic doesn’t show, but it helps relieve some stress on my button holes for now. The lace looks cute, but it’s not ideal.

The buttonholes use a piece of interfacing to stabilize the button hole, and it’s a great design feature. A fun color drawstring with matching coverstitching is Bella’s latest request.

Luna Loungewear pattern by Love Notions | Cotton slinky knit from My Fabric Designs

Pattern: Luna Loungewear by Love Notions- Buy the girls set or the girls/ladies bundle.

Fabric: Tribal Bands print in cotton slinky knit from My Fabric Designs

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Scraptastic Scrundlewear

Last week I worked on some scrap-busting Scrundlewear. I wanted to sew but not commit to any big projects, so I cut about a dozen pairs for a young lady who was in need of underwear replenishment.

Scrundlewear: perfect stash busting project

While I was sewing mindlessly, I came across this post about sewing panty elastic at Emerald Erin. My fold over elastic question has been answered! I finally learned how to get a good, clean elastic finish on the waist bands and leg openings.

The pictures today are pre- f.o.e sewing revelation.

Scrundlewear: Stashbusting Panties

See the where the leg elastic joins at the sice seams? Using Erin’s technique looks so much better. Here I hid the waistband joint with a bow, but the elastic bulk bothered me so much I had to hand stitch it down later.

Scrap tactic Scrundies: Scrundlewear are perfect for scrapbusting

Now I’m all undie-judgy. These underwear are very “homemade” looking. I was trying stuff with my coverstitch- looks terrible but I learned what not to do.

Scrundlewear pattern for panties

I really don’t “knit pick” kids pants, but I plan to make nice lingerie soon. Time to hone my skills, and I might as well practice on my remaining pile of fresh cut Scrundlewear.

American Fighter t-shirt panties for toddler

This pair is my favorite. I got Bella an American Fighter shirt once and she outgrew the length immediately. I haven’t been able to shell out big bucks for a kids tee since.

Toddler panties from an American Fighter T-Shirt

It couldn’t cut a pair big enough for anyone but my niece. Her pattern is the Classic Panties from Peekaboo patterns. (*affiliate link.)

My daughter outgrew this pattern and moved up to women’s, but they were her favorite in kids sizes. In fact she made me audition a few patterns to make sure they were as comfortable as PAB Classic Panties.

 

Sewing panties

These panties all have self fabric lining. I didn’t have any white jersey. This can make your undies look homemade , but maybe it would look cool in contrasting colors and prints. What do you think, yay or nay?

I didn’t know I had so much to say about simple kids underwear! The whole point of this post is: Yay, I learned some new stuff and future panty sewing will be awesome. Do you have a favorite underwear sewing pattern?

The panties shown are made with the Scrundlewear pattern from Stitch Upon A Time in size XS, using the boy shorts variation. The last pair is PAB Classic panties in size 5/6 with a cinched-in waist and f.o.e.

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