I can’t believe we’re already 3/4 of the way through summer! Of all the past summer, I think this one has flown by the fastest. What with working around the house, kid’s activities and all the trips in between, I’ve only just started to think about back to school now… and by think, I mean ignore the fact that summer is almost over and that this year ALL the kids will be out of the house! But to be honest, as I’m trying to ignore that fact, I’m also relishing this next chapter.
This year, our youngest will be going into Jr Kindergarten. This little spitfire of ours is always on the move and has been ready for school since last September. Since she’s always on the go, I want her to have some easy outfits to wear to school. Plus let’s be honest, this is the first year of school so they also need to be super friendly in terms of her being able to go to the bathroom on her own.
I’ve decided the rompers and one piece outfits will definitely be a good go to for this fall. And since we still have a bit of nice weather before fall truly hits, and we’re going to hold on to summer as long as possible, I figured a romper that she could wear now would be the perfect one to start with!
I’ve sewn this Emerie Romper pattern once before (I’ll have a post for that one soon!) and it was the perfect, easy, one piece outfit sewing project I needed in my life! I used this Citron Stripe organic jersey (only available in the light blue now) that I bought on a whim from Jumping June Textiles… which I never do since euro prints tend to be so expensive. But I was in the need of something summery to sooth the winter blues and I just love how this print screams summer days to me. I matched it with some black jersey I had on hand for the binding and just HAD to add some pompom trim to the leg binding.
The fabric itself is definitely a great quality fabric, it feels soft, tends to work more like cotton/lycra blended fabric, but isn’t as ‘stiff’ when it comes to the rushing around the waist. So I’m really happy with it. I also love the watercolour look of the lemons compared to the contrasting vertical stripes.
For the pattern itself, I sewed up a size 4. This pattern is super easy to sew up. The only tricky part is the binding itself. It’s not actually tricky, it’s just one of those techniques that you need to slow down for and take your time, but the results are oh so satisfying! I’ll definitely be sewing up this pattern again and again. And I’m thinking it would be really easy to hack it so that it has a pant leg. Which could bring this pattern right into the fall.
I’m going to be honest, I’m never too sure what to sew up for back to school, but I’m thinking as long as I focus on wardrobe staples they actually need, I’m doing good right?! As part of that focus, I’m hoping I can take a quick dive into bag making in the next two weeks and sew up a backpack for this girl (we haven’t picked one out yet) and possibly one as well for my oldest, who starts Jr High. It’s crazy to think that they’re this old already!
And as before I sign off… I’m wondering, what kind of projects do you include in your back to school sewing? Just wardrobe pieces? Backpacks? School accessories? Let me know in the comments! And also make sure to check out this amazing giveaway that Karly of Paisley Roots has put together for the Back 2 School Blog Tour and check out what these other amazing sewists have put together!
1 pattern of choice from New Horizons Designs