First grade needs a backpack, a linen backpack. I bit the bullet and made the toddler backpack from Rae's pattern, I enlarged it by 2 inches and used a bigger zipper (all noted in the pattern). I didn't line the bag and I'm pleased with it. I did goof on enlarging the body, I forgot to add 2 inches to the length, so I cut down the bottom because I could not figure out what was wrong. It wasn't until the next morning, it clicked, oh well, her folders fit in there. I will make another just to make it correctly. As a quick pattern review, I like it, reccomend it, and will make another, it is a PDF only, and I'm a fan of that, no tracing and I just read the instructions from iBooks on the iPad.
Next, I crammed in dress making time on my birthday to make a first day of school dress. I originally wanted to make the Roller Skate dress from Oliver + S but didn't have time for that, I mean, it was my birthday, I needed to brunch on a patio, mimosas get in the way of sewing.
I still used the body of the pattern pieces and did my own thing, I put an invisible zipper on the back (with 1 button at the top), binding at armholes, and partial facing at the neck. The dress looks like it has no shape to it because E wants to wear belts and this was a perfect way to "blouse out" the top and still have suitable length on the garment.
I wouldn't be myself if I didn't make another dress....
backpack: Echino 2012 print
gray dress: Koi by Rasida Coleman-Hale
yellow dress: Waterfront Park by Violet Craft