Back-to-School Sewing Ideas

We are wrapping up our Children’s Garment Construction teacher licensing this weekend, and what a ball we have had in Palm Harbor, FL! Thank you to all of you who have joined us this week and last week at our Perfect Mix: Sew, Serge, Embellish teacher licensing and our Afternoon Tea with Martha. We loved having each and every one of you and hope you learned a lot and had a wonderful time! We’re heading next to Fredericksburg, VA September 28-30 for a School of Art Fashion Boutique and then to Costa Mesa, CA for two more teacher licensings: Serger II Nov. 1-6 and Vintage, Classic, Contemporary Nov. 8-13. We are also bringing back our Serger I Online Licensing beginning Aug. 31!

With the new school year just around the corner, I’ve gathered together a few cute back-to-school patterns you can make for your children or grandchildren. All of these patterns are available in our store, and most of them are downloadable too, so you can start sewing them right away:


Stripwork Jumper (left) and Jack & Jill Overalls

Stripwork Jumper: This boutique-style jumper pattern from the Scientific Seamstress Carla Hegeman Crim has so many fun design possibilities and makes the perfect canvas for machine embroidery or appliqué. With a simple bib-style bodice and a skirt pieced from vertical strips, the design can be made as a dress or a top. The downloadable pattern comes in sizes 6 months to 8 years and also includes instructions for making a jumper with a solid skirt as well as a matching doll-sized pattern!

Jack & Jill Overalls: This long-time favorite from the Sew Beautiful Pattern Collection can be made with cuffed pants, smocked shorts or bibbed knickers. The paper pattern comes in sizes 12 months to 6 years and is great for boys or girls. (Janet Gilbert’s superhero smocking plate shown on this sample is included in Sew Beautiful #132 on the 2010 Sew Beautiful Collection CD.)


Top of the Class

Top of the Class: This adorable tunic dress designed by Julie Graue is smocked above the waist with a simple geometric design and embroidered around the hemline with little stick figures. It is shown here in corduroy, but could also be sewn in a lighter fabric for warmer weather. The pattern is included in issue #94 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery magazine and can be made in sizes 3, 4 and 5 years.


Ethan Shirt (left) and Precious Dress

Ethan Shirt for Boys: Designed by Sis Boom’s Jennifer Paganelli and Carla Hegeman Crim, this shirt has a classic, tailored style that can easily be dressed up or down. The downloadable pattern comes in sizes 1 to 14 years.

Precious Dress: Another great pattern from the Scientific Seamstress Carla Hegeman Crim, this dress has a timeless design and is great for embellishing. The downloadable pattern comes in 3 months to 10 years and includes a bonus doll-sized pattern!

Speaking of back-to-school sewing, check out the four brand new apple and school book designs we’re releasing today to our 2015 Internet Embroidery Club members!

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Much Love to You All & May God Bless,
Kathy McMakin