The Kindergartener-to-Be

I decided yesterday that Miss L needed something new to wear when I took her to register for Kindergarten.


Yes, the last of my babies will be off to school this Fall. Bittersweet, for sure, but it’s hard to look at this face and not share a bit of her excitement. We pass the elementary school every day on our way to her preschool and she never fails to point it out on our travels.

I needed something bright and cheery to match her mood, and these new Michael Miller fabrics were just the thing. I swooned over them when Sarah was considering ordering them for the shop. As soon as they came in, I started buying pieces of the collection. (I think I’m up to six different prints. Shhhh!)

The top is one of my favorite patterns, the ModKid Frida. I’ve been intending to sew another (actually have the fabric for three others!) but just haven’t gotten around to it until now. I made the 4/5 again and actually planned to make a dress — right up until I realized that I didn’t have enough of the hedgehogs to make that happen. Whoops! I lopped off the bottom of the pattern an inch at a time until I could make it work. Obviously I was planning a shirt when I bought the yardage.

I did make the hem band a little more narrow than the pattern called for, just to change it up a bit. The bodice and sleeves are lined with the same fabric as the exterior, since I actually did buy enough of that.

The hat is a new pattern for me, the Izzy n Ivy Jack and Jill. I ran into a little problem but the awesome Jana of Izzy n Ivy saw my tweet and gave me just the info I needed to finish it up. I may have modified the hat a little, too, but mostly that was because it was getting late (I finished up about 11 p.m. Wednesday night) and I’m relatively lazy when it comes to some parts of the construction process.

The ruffled capri jeans are another of my recycled too-short pants projects. They really are an awesome way to use up something that no longer fits in length but is just fine in the waist. Also? Super fast. You know how I love me some fast projects.

As always, the true test was L’s reaction to the outfit. See that face? That is the face of a happy customer, for sure. So happy was she, in fact, that the outfit had to go with us to gymnastics this afternoon so she could put it all back on before we left. (Usually she’s happy to wear her leotard home.)

7 Replies to “The Kindergartener-to-Be”

  1. First, congrats to Miss L for this big milestone. I have loved watching her grow into the lovely young lady she is today!

    Second, the outfit ROCKS! What in-coming kindy girl wouldn’t love something so fun and happy. You really did a great job, including the hat. You know we like hats in this house.

    And, third, why did I click the Michael Miller link? I now want some of the fabric from the Peace group to make something for Maggie. I am already seeing it in my head. I DO NOT have time for a new project right how. Shame on you. LOL!
    .-= Tifani´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

  2. That is the sweetest little outfit. And just because she’s the last kid going to kindergarten doesn’t mean it’s any easier to let go – in fact, it might be more difficult. I’m sure the excitement around the outfit helped hide some of that mommy anxiety in the cutest way possible! 🙂
    .-= Tawny´s last blog ..How To: Laney’s Emergency Summer Hat =-.

  3. I love love love it! I am gonna have to plan a outfit just like it for Miss M. Great job Mary and wow I didn’t realize that Miss L and my Miss M are the same age??? How did I miss that??? I was thinking she was already in Kindergarden. Isn’t great when their little eyes light up when they see what you have made for them…makes it all worth it.

  4. How cute is that? I love that fabric! Gia is obsessed with hedgehogs lately (even begs for one as a pet for Christmas) so this fabric would be right up her alley for the end of the year program.

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