After Kids Clothes Week wrapped up, I started making an outfit for Froo’s first day of Kindergarten. That already happened last Wednesday. Oops. So this outfit is for Froo’s first Monday of Kindergarten. School in August? Strange, but true at a year-round school.
An outfit that is a little serious and grown-up, yet maintains a girlie flair with some pleats and pintucks: my first ever Oliver + S pattern–none other than the music class blouse and skirt. I ordered the pattern last year, after seeing this photo on flickr. I knew I wanted to make a similar shirt for Froo, also in flannel, to be worn as a lightweight jacket.
Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area last May, I’ve come to expect variable weather patterns on the peninsula. Overcast, windy and cold one moment, hot and sunny the next, then back to cold. I check my weather app obsessively. Everyone just says the same thing: “layers”. The music class blouse is the perfect layering piece.
The selvedge on the flannel reads: “Faye Burgos for MARCUS Fabrics”. It’s incredibly soft and feels more substantial than most flannels. I used a variegated pink cotton thread from Sulky to sew 2 rows of topstitching to give the blouse the look of outerwear and to secure the seams on the inside. The pretty ivory enamel and gold-detailed buttons are from Discount Fabrics in San Francisco.
The music class blouse pattern is detailed, slightly complex, yet easy to follow with clear instructions. However, I still managed to mess up the collar–I’m not sure what happened, but at 2 am, I should have called it quits much earlier and started fresh the next day. It’s only noticeable upon careful inspection, so I decided to leave it as is. The pintucks on the front and back are tiny details that add volumes of style.
The skirt is seriously cute. I made it in chambray, giving it a very French look, especially with the pleats. The skirt was an afterthought, really. I wasn’t going to make it, but I figured I should, since I was already tracing all of my pattern pieces for the blouse. I’m so happy I did–the fabric is just perfect for this skirt! If you look closely, you’ll notice that one side of pleats is directionally challenged. Oops.
I love Froo’s TOMS–sparkly black mary janes. I wish they came in my size.
I attached tiny golden heart buttons to the patch pockets I added to the front of the blouse (pattern piece from the geranium dress), sleeve cuffs and skirt pockets. I wanted the heart theme to run throughout this outfit. Originally, the Secret Heart Summer Tunic top was part of the outfit, but it was too much fun and had to be worn on its own!
Not that this outfit isn’t fun, it just represents the huge leap Froo is taking from being a large toddler to becoming an independent child. I think Froo senses it too–she is always asking if she can continue to do something, ie. use crayons or play with her bunny or be my best friend, when she turns 5 years old. I have to keep reminding myself that Froo is still 4 years old, despite making both blouse and skirt in size 6!
Froo is adjusting well to Kindergarten. Even through my endless worries, I knew she would. I’m the one who is an emotional wreck. I can’t help it when I think of how much she’s grown. Remembering the day she was born–what an amazing gift. Reflecting upon the parenting choices the hubs and I have made, including the difficult decision to move from Canada to California. Trying to get over the mommy guilt that I have for expecting so much from my baby girl. Being surprised by how she’s exceeded my expectations in every way imaginable. Witnessing the tender moments when Froo patiently teaches Boo, while he looks up to his big sister.