Two months ago I announced my big Back-To-School project! I signed up for my friend Melissa's Time For School Capsule Wardrobe Blog Tour, and agreed to sew TWO capsules for my chickadees. Each kid was in dire need of larger clothes, and poor Mr Everett had nothing season appropriate to take into cooler temperatures with him.
I knew if I was going to be successful with this project that I'd have to strategize, and sew with a plan. I eliminated a LOT of extra pattern dollars, and printing/taping time with a unisex capsule. (Click the image below to read more about that!)
And - more or less - I stuck to it! I used the sudoku above to go shoe shopping (which I did almost exclusively via Zulily. They had crazy back to school sales and I got each pair for less than $10!) and audition fabrics I had, and found out which I still needed:
Then, it was just a matter of sewing. Pick away at the pile a little bit at a time! Sewing to a plan really took away the anxiety of cutting into fabrics. I KNEW that each project would be part of 2, maybe 3 outfits, and that none would end up a waste of time receiving hardly any wear.
I kept mini deadlines for myself over two months, making sure pieces would serve double duty if need be. The pieces below made appearances on:
Row 1: Recess Raglan / Agathe & Theo / Aztec Vest
Row 2: Hawthorn Zip-Up / Kudzu Cargo - Small Fry Jeans Hybrid / Recess Raglan + placket
Row 3: Kudzu Cargo / Suburban T / Ethan Button Up / Coral Hi-Tops
Row 4: Radical Raglan / Recess Raglan / Kudzu Cargo - Small Fry Jeans Hybrid
There are far too many projects here to review them all, but I'll break for a second to explain the "hybrid" pants I made. The E-man is holding fast to his diaper days, and though I love very much the pleats and details of the Kudzus, I needed the generous rise of the Small Frys. I lined up crotch points and traced the seat curve of the SF's, and the legs and pockets of the Kudzus. Super easy fix for a super sized booty! (Momma knows allllllll about that...)
Now, Miss K's capsule was a little more difficult. I was determined to sew through the fabrics I already had on hand, and reuse pieces for her (like the girl's Harems) that I had sewn months ago but hadn't been worn in the summer heat. Some of the pairings get kind of crazy, but that's totally my 4 year old!
Row 1: Recess Raglan / Little Miss Fancy Pants / Aztec Vest
Row 2: Gretchen Cardigan / Poppy Peplum Pants / Emma Tunic
Row 3: Clover Shorts / Suburban T / Ethan Button Up
Row 4: Slouchy Cardigan / Streamline T / Dressage Leggings
I was determined to make even the "basics" extra special! But considering the... VIBRANT palate I was working with already, I hesitated when picking fabrics for the extra details (like yokes, plackets, and of course my favorite - the FMAs!). So I searched my stash, and would you believe it, I found a Moda charm pack that fit the color scheme perfectly! (Not only that, but little miss threw it in my cart herself, so clearly she adored it already and I was on the right track.) The "Self Portrait" applique I scaled perfectly to fit the 5 inch square, but the StitchArt Flamingo was even easier. The pattern included scaling ratios ("print at 70% for an applique this size...") to take the guesswork out of it. All this to say... even my detail work coordinates with one another, and with each piece in the capsule. Exciting stuff!
I'm really happy with how everything turned out! And I can't tell you how much my sudoku printable came in handy - especially the kid's measurements while I was doing midnight sewing. No more guessing what elastic measurement would fit my kid's string bean physique ;)
They're super happy with the results, and so am I! But... was it a success?? Let's put it to the test! I promised a "kid and parent-proof" way to get dressed every morning. A "you really can't go wrong, just pick out a top and a bottom and a layer and rest assured they all coordinate already!" kind of wardrobe. So I had each kid pick out any shoes, tops, pants, and layer. Let's see how they did:
Yeah!! Looking FIERCE! Here's hoping your Dada has as much success getting yall dressed ;)
Thanks for checking out my Time For School Capsule contributions! And special thanks to Melissa for giving me the excuse and encouragement to get these projects done. Now check out what the rest of the tour has to offer! XOXO, Becca