guess who started kindergarten yesterday??
i was glad to see that her school shopping list was slightly less cleaning-supply-based and more art supply/glue stick based this year – she even got to pick out “homework folders” (thank you Target for having an elephant folder!). and one thing that was actually on last year’s list for pre-k as well as kindergarten but i somehow completely neglected to send last year was a “button up the back art smock.” of COURSE i’m not buying something like that! 😉
it seemed easier to make one from scratch than to even try to repurpose one of my husband’s old shirts, and i knew just the pattern to use – the Art Smock from Little Things to Sew (affiliate link) by Liesl Gibson! that book remains my favorite sewing project book ever. i’ve sewn six separate projects from LTTS but some (like the bucket hat) i’ve sewn multiple times. i was reminded of the art smock pattern because of Gail’s version (always so good, that Gail).
this is my first time sewing the Art Smock, and since we were out of town for Labor Day, i ended up sewing it quickly on Monday afternoon (skipping the pockets). the fabric combo was kind of difficult to figure out – i wanted it to be cute and make her happy, but not too precious to my stash since the goal is for it to catch stray paint and marker. i made the medium (size 4-6).
i ended up going with two prints from Denyse Schmidt for JoAnn – i had just the right amount for the sleeves and was just a couple inches short on the body, but you can’t really tell; it’s just slightly less a-line in the front. the date on the selvedge said 2011, so i figure after 2 years it was time for it to get used! it’s quilting cotton but not thin quilting cotton.
here’s my little kindergartner in her brand new shoes and art smock – you can see her first day skirt (sewed Monday night) a bit too – i’ll post that another time. she also had me french braid her hair the night before so it was curly the next day – crucial.
i did not make her backpack this year. she chose one on a back to school shopping trip with her grandparents, it’s covered in Disney princesses, and i’m totally fine with that.
her brother wanted to wear his backpack on our walk to school, too.
how are your kiddos doing so far this school year? Em was thrilled to be back at school – and I think I worked through all my “my baby is growing up!” emotions last year, so it was a fun and exciting morning. can’t wait to see what fun things she learns this year!