Vintage Sewing

Back to School Uniform-ity

August 10, 2009


The public charter school that my children attend requires a basic guideline for uniform wear. Solid top with khaki or navy bottoms. So, with my daughter starting Kindergarten this year I decided to incorporate some of the sewing I do for her by making a couple of short-sleeved cotton blouses with skirts. I will make jumpers and probably some long-sleeved blouses later, but our weather stays warm for another couple of months here.

I used a vintage Du Barry pattern with a pima cotton (absolutely the BEST!) that I bought from Bessie Mary . This pattern was a size 4, which was perfect for the width around (she wears a 5/6), but I needed to add three inches to the length for an appropriate fit. I would definitely say this pattern requires some intermediate to advanced skill, not so much for the sewing but for the implication of prior knowledge/experience in the pattern instructions – quite a bit was assumed. Considering that, the blouse itself was rather quick and easy to put together.

Instead of hemming the ‘Trimmings’ (little Ruffles) I just folded over and starch-pressed a 2 inch strip of fabric so I could use my Ruffler Attachment – so easy and fast and I like the look better than a narrow hem anyway. I also added some thin iron-on interfacing for the button plackets.



I would have made the skirt from the vintage pattern, too, but I think the straps would not have coincided with the school’s uniform policy. Instead, I used an Oliver + S pattern for that.


(Our local embroiderer added the school logo for me.)
  1. The ruffles are impeccable! Thanks for linking to that attachment–I just bought a featherweight, so it's good to know about. Your daughter looks adorable. 🙂

  2. How incredibly sweet, I'm 25 – certainly not a schoolgirl any more – and would love a top just like that. Your sewing is beautiful, as is your daughter.

    Thank you very much for your comment, honey, I hope you have a marvelous week!
    ♥ Jessica

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