When my friend Melissa asked if I wanted to join in her Back to School Capsule tour, I couldn’t say no! If you hop over to her post, you can see the details of the capsule idea – and there’s a giveaway!
The goal was to make six tops, five bottoms, a sweater, and a jacket. I didn’t quite make it, but John wears a uniform three of his four school days every week, so I’m saying close enough ;) I was given a mix of patterns to showcase and mixed in a few from my stash. There are a ton of pictures coming up, so be prepared! If you make it through to the end, you’ll see that I use a lot of the same fabrics in different places on different pieces. That is probably the best tip I have for creating a coordinating wardrobe!
First up is the Filles à Maman Marc Shirt and Slouchy Beanie. I decided to leave off the shirt collar (John wasn’t a fan), which changed the construction slightly. I used a mens’ XXL gray shirt and was able to cut both the shirt and beanie from it. I used some scraps for the shoulder detail and used bright green thread to topstitch. I love how it shows off the shape of the facing around the neck.
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I was a little confused about the beanie construction at first (not a pattern issue – I just couldn’t visualize it at first), but after putting it on, it made sense. I used a coordinating scrap to make a little button tab on the back. I love the pleats and how the back flips up – it’s not John’s usual style, but it looks so good on him!
Next up is a Titchy Threads Safari Raglan. As with all of Laura’s patterns, it is fantastic and goes together perfectly! I cut up some more mens’ tees for this one and the apple is a little free-form applique.
It’s stays hot here long into the fall, so I needed a few shorts as well – these are the Kudzu Cargos, one of my go-to patterns. I used a mix of dark and pink denim to make them fun.
I have to admit to a bad-mom moment: I was ordering John’s polos for school and saw that pink was an approved color. It’s his favorite color, so I added it to the cart. When I went to check out, I chickened out and removed it – I don’t care if he wears pink (obviously!) but this is his first year in his kindergarten/first grade class and just the thought of him being teased for his favorite color broke my heart! To make up for it, I added in some pink for his “free dress” days.
I only got one good picture of this Jackalope Tee (affiliate link) – we did a marathon photo shoot and he was quickly loosing patience! When my Joann’s got this woven fox fabric in, I bought probably seven yards of it and have slowly been finding the perfect projects for it (like this jacket lining). I paired it with some gorgeous Riley Blake knit. I let John pick out his favorite fox for the pocket and he’s so thrilled with it!
Next is a GYCT Rival Raglan – still one of my favorite shirt patterns! I cut it from another thrifted tee and I was able to re-use the sleeve cuffs. The neckband was way too small to re-use, so I used a bit of gold ribbing instead and like the contrast. I want to add a freezer paper stencil design to the front, but haven’t settled on anything yet…
The pants are the Go-To Tree Climber Trousers – I love the details on these! For the knee section, I used a couple scraps of pleater and did some random geometric stitching in white, which I echoed on the back pockets. They are a little long, but I like that I can just cuff them – he’ll probably be able to wear them all next year, too.
I don’t usually do character tees, but I found a couple that John just loved. The Adventure Tee, also from Go To Patterns, was perfect for the large prints. I did the elbow length sleeve and the regular curved hem.
I made the Metropolitan Pants from Terra’s Treasures from a blue linen with some scraps for a pop of color at the pockets. I made the pants length, but added little snap tabs so they can be shorter when it’s hot out.
I’m pretty sure this one is his favorite shirt! I had to add a little width to the front of the Adventure Tee to get all of Perry on there, but since it’s a looser tee, it doesn’t change the shape of the shirt much.
And last up are the jackets! Outerwear is probably my favorite thing to sew – I love the challenge and the sense of accomplishment! I’m working on the Hobbes Hooded Jacket pattern (I’ll be calling for testers in the Momma Quail pattern group hopefully by next week!) and just love how this one turned out.
So to sum up: we have two jackets, six shirts, and three bottoms. I need to add a couple more pants and a couple sweaters and he should be set for this fall! Now I just have to get started on little brother’s so I don’t have one fashionable little boy and one naked one…