Elementary Style

Making and sewing DIY clothes and accessories for school aged kids can be tricky. Most are no longer interested in frilly dresses with novelty prints. Chosing fabric and patterns can be tough and sometimes you sew for hours only to have a less than enthusiastic recipient. You can see my Top 10 Tips for Chosing Fabric for Children's Clothing but it isn't just about fabric. The patterns make a HUGE difference. And don't forget accessories!

I'm hoping to showcase some Elementary Styles over the next few months to help you choose patterns that work well and are appropriate for children, yet grown up enough for children in school.


My girls are saving money right now to help send kids to school in Africa where my brother lives. They each earned money for this photo shoot. It was COLD outside!

1. Choose patterns that are contemporary styles. These shorts have a classic pleat with a modern style.

2. Accessorize. This belt really brings the outfit together. The slim cheetah print looks great mixing patterns. I love it with the red wool shorts.

3. Tights are good for all ages!

4. Exposed zippers are are a fun, grown up detail.

5. Think: Slim fit.

6. Boots of all heights. All good.

7. High-Low shirts are adorable. This Bonnie on the left was modified to a high-low hem.

8. Peter Pan Collars are fun to make and wear.

Tops: Sweet Bonnie Top by Shwin Designs – voile and swiss dot fabric from Mood

Pants/Shorts: Holly Trousers by Go To Patterns (that's me)- pants fabric from JoAnn, shorts wool from Mood

Belt: One Little Belt

Boots: Cherokee from Target

Thank you to One Little Belt for giving us the belt. we really love it. My daughter squeeled when she saw it. Totally perfect!! If you're looking for a belt I hightly recomment buying handmade and supporting mom-owned businesses. I had a great experience ordering from One Little Belt.

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