As I have mentioned before, I make the majority of Eleanor's clothing. I do this for a variety of reasons. I find it particularly hard to find clothing that is, in my opinion, age appropriate at a reasonable price. I also have very set ideas on what I want for Eleanor and can achieve it this way. Most importantly, I absolutely love sewing her clothing. I take a great deal of joy out of quilting and home dec/craft sewing, however I just adore sewing clothing for Eleanor. I am one that still believes you should wear a dress for your first day of school. Here is her dress from 2 years ago for 3yr old preschool, look how tiny she was:( I made this dress using the Carla Crim Sew Boutique A-Line Dress using Alexander Henry's Apples and Pears.
Using the same fabric, here is last years 4yr old class dress. This is the SisBoom Cathy Dress and Top
I do still have quite a bit of this fabric, however I felt like something different this year. I took Eleanor to JoAnn last week to help me find the fabric. Here is what she picked. I have been eyeing this fabric for over a year. It is one of their quilting fabrics and it was priced at about $10/yd. I have to say, and this is just my humble opinion, that when I think of the quality of fabics I buy from quilt shops this does not measure up. I do go to JoAnn for fabric for her clothing all the time, primarily because it is a great value for the amount of wear she will get out of it. This, is not $10 fabric. It does not have the same hand; it is fine, just not worth $10. Yet I digress. We found this in the clearance section for $4/yd.
I even bought some of this, which is a coordinate, to make a skirt out of.
Here is the back of the dress, there are pins holding it together because I can never find the buttons I want when I need them.
I am so excited about this dress. There is a good chance it will be warm the first day of school, however if not she can wear a simple cardigan. Also, the colors of the fabric will lend it to being worn all fall and winter. Eleanor starts school in 2 weeks so I will post pictures of her in the dress then. I have lots more ideas for her fall clothing that I will share over the next few weeks.