HOLY MOLY has it really been a month since my last blog post?? I knew it had been a while, but that is kind of crazy! Summer obviously took over around here, leaving me hardly any time to sew and even LESS time to blog about it. But that is all changing TOMORROW, summer is officially over and Millie starts kindergarten!! I’m obviously mixed with crazy emotions, super sad to not have her around me at all times, super excited for her to be learning and making new friends.
But this fact brings on the perfect time to share with you my little creation! About a month ago, I was asked by Amy of Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop to test for the School Belle Skort :) You have NO idea how excited it was! This is my first time testing any pattern, which is SUPER exciting anyway, and I couldn’t even believe how PERFECT it was since Millie is starting Kindergarten in a private school and needs skorts for her uniform!
For the pattern, I bought some thicker bottom weight fabric from Joanne’s, kind of like khaki material. I decided to use the same for the skirt and the shorts since I was testing and I wanted to be a good little tester and make sure all the pieces matched up without any weird stretch on one fabric that wasn’t on the other. I’m happy to report everything matched up perfectly!
There were a couple confusing parts in the instructions, but they were all quickly fixed. Honestly, I was really impressed with how awesome Amy was about all the constructive criticism of the testers. She immediately fixed all the issues and confusing language, there was no arguing, just quick fixes. She really listened and I totally respect that. I was also super impressed with how quickly she got the pattern up for sale, I think she put it out the day after she got all our results! It made me want to support her and buy more of her patterns :) I’m also super impressed with HOW MANY patterns she has and how quickly she pumps them out! Amy must seriously be playing around tweeking and creating patterns all. the. time!
OH my absolute favorite part!!! I decided to embroider the hem of the shorts with a really cute heart stitch I have on my machine. Having gone to private school myself, I know how awesome it is to have a tiny bit of the uniform stand out from everyone else’s. And the hearts just get to remind Millie of how much I love her :D CHEESE but for reals.
I know I made a uniform bottom and it is called “school belle”, but you don’t have to use this pattern for uniform skorts. Lots of testers made regular skirts out of quilters cotton and it looked really cute that way too. This would be a fantastic run around/ hang upside down on the monkey bars play skirt for those kids who do not require uniforms :)
You don’t have to press the pleats all the way down like I did, you can totally leave it more flowy and casual. I just really wanted to make this skirt super preppy and pressed because, even though I’m super sad about my baby leaving me FIVE DAYS A WEEK, I’m still also super excited to see her all dolled and uniform clad!
I wanted to do this cute little school themed photo shoot for this. My parents bought the house across the street and are trying to rent it out, so until someone actually moves in, I have a great empty space with lots of natural light to take pictures in. Unfortunately when I took these photos, Jake had taken my camera with him to work and left me with his super high tech fancy shmancy camera that I have no clue how to use. And then the battery died almost right away, with the charger in his studio.. So most these pics look like of white washed.. I’m certain that if I had the camera I know or more time to figure this one out, these would have been much sharper photos! Just goes to show, no matter how great your equipment is, it is no good unless you know how to use it!!
So anyways, please wish my sweet angel good luck on her first day of Kindergarten!! (And also wish me luck handling it!)