In past years I’ve watched other sewing bloggers sew outfits for their kindergartener starting school and thought it would take forever until my oldest would go to kindergarten. But this year is the year! My oldest started kindergarten and I got to plan his first day of school outfit. This year Sewing for Kindergarten is hosted by A Jennuine Life, so you can go see all the other great kindergarten outfits!
When school starts in August here, it’s hot and summery, but after about a month it cools down for Fall. I made a summery first day of school outfit, but for the past six months I’ve been thrifting my son’s “capsule wardrobe” so I wouldn’t be scrambling when the weather turned cold.
I decided to make a shark tee for my son to give him some extra courage. I like to think my kids get strength by being wrapped up in handmade love. They know I care about them because they are wearing something I made them. (I love sharks and you can make your own shark tote bag to go with this t-shirt!)
I upcycled three adult tees to make this tee. I would’ve used one tee to upcycle, but I was trying to use up some pieces of tees that I had. I used a navy blue tee for the back and reused the hem, I used a white tee for the front and reused the hem, and I used a blue striped tee for the neckline and sleeves and reused the hems. I used the top from the Alex & Anna PJs* because I had it traced and ready. I just did short sleeves. I did a size 5 with a little extra length.
I found a shark picture online that I altered and cut out with my cricut*. I used this royal blue iron on* because it was the closest blue to the blue on the shirt.
For the shorts I drafted the pattern myself from some of my son’s other shorts. I used a gray sweatshirt fabric that I had in my stash. I added a pale blue drawstring to the waistband and a twin needle line of stitching around the hem. Here’s how to use a twin needle.
After wearing these items a couple times a week for the past couple of weeks, they have some dirt and stains. I used to be bothered by seeing a lot of wear, but now it makes me happy to see them use up and wear out their clothes.
Shorts – I thrifted the blue shorts. I thrifted the orange pants and then cut them to shorts. I made the black pants and then cut them to shorts. I made the gray sweatshirt shorts. I made the gray pants and then cut them to shorts. I thrifted the blue sweatshirt shorts.
Don’t forget to see everyone else’s cool makes for Kindergarten!