Back to School Outfits #1 with Gymboree

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything sewing related so I thought I’d jump in with some back to school outfit ideas with sewing pattern suggestions to achieve those same looks.

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Dress and sweater outfit from Gymboree
Outfit via Gymboree*

First up is this cute outfit from Gymboree*. The pieces can all purchased separately, so switch it up if you’re not liking certain pieces! This a great outfit for those school days where it’s warm in the sun but gets cool in the shade.

The Dress

Coral Watercolor Dress, Gymboree

What I love about the dress is that it’s so flowy and roomy, great to move around in.

Pattern Suggestions:

A similar sewing pattern I found is the All Spice dress* from Paisley Roots. 

All Spice dress pattern by Paisley Roots*

It’s a super cute dress and fairly easy to sew. I made a version that you can see here. Depending on where your child’s measurements fall in the size range it will look looser (like my version) or more fitted like the photo above, if you prefer a looser fit I would size up in the width. The pattern comes with a long sleeve version that you could modify to look more like the inspiration piece from Gymboree. The other major difference is that this dress buttons up in the front but it could be modified to look to have them in back.

Other similar patterns:

The Sweater

Star Sweater from Gymboree*

I love a chunky sweater, and I love the grandpa-ness of a v-neck sweater! Since the Gymboree sweater is knitted it will be difficult to get an exact match by sewing one but a similar look in thick knit fabric is doable.

Pattern Suggestions:

V-Neck Cardigan pattern from Peek-a-Boo Patterns*

The V-neck cardigan is super cute and you can always leave off the buttons and buttonholes to make it a closer match (and quicker sew!) to the Gymboree sweater. I would also suggest doing appliques if you really want something as close to the original sweater.

Other similar patterns:

Complete the back to school outfit:

In the photo of the Gymboree outfit the girl has a cute little purse, I couldn’t find it on their website so I thought I would share my favourite little girl’s purse.

Darling Daisy bag sewn by Lulu & Celeste
Darling Daisy bag I sewed, pattern by Molly and Mama*

It doesn’t look anything like the purse in the photo but this is my favourite one I’ve made so far for my girls and I think would make a cute addition to any outfit.

Gymboree Sale On Now!

I’ll be back next week with another outfit and more sewing pattern suggestions. Until then!

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Back to School Tour Recap

Hey there! Did you think that I forgot to announce the prize winners for the Back to School Tour? Of course not. Life got slightly hectic so it took awhile before I was able to put this post together. Here is the recap of the Back to School tour. Check it out to see if you missed any stops along the way.

Back to School blog tour

First off many thanks to all the bloggers and sponsors for taking part in our tour! We ♥ you lots!

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Back to School Tour Day 2: Clothing checklist, giveaways and more!

It’s Day 2 of the Back to School Blog Tour!!

I can’t believe summer is nearly over. It went way too fast this year!

Back to School blog tour

Call Ajaire * The Wholesome Mama * Sew and Tell Project * BLAVERRY * DIY Crush * Phat Quarters * Mahlica Designs * Handmade Boy * Kaleidothought * The Berry Bunch * Filles A Maman * Sprouting JubeJube * Sew Happily Ever After * Tales of a Tester * 5 out of 4 Patterns * The Crafting Fiend * Create 3.5 * Sew Sophie Lyn * Sweeter Than Cupcakes * Wining Wife * Paisley Roots * The Eli Monster * Cindy Parrett Blog * Sew Starly * Élégantine! * Gracious Threads * Lulu & Celeste * Sewing By Ti * Amazing Adventures with Bubba and Bug * Simple Life Pattern Co. Blog * Inspinration * Mama You Can Make it For Me * Moon Star

Day 2 means more bloggers and more giveaways!

Yup. BUT before we get to that, I have a back-to-school clothing checklist to share with you. I’m no graphic designer so it’s not super pretty with lots of colour and glitter.. (well, no digital glitter, you could always glue some glitter to it after printing it out). It’s basic black and white with enough space to check off the amount of pretty much anything you might need for a Fall and Winter clothing closet and some space to write in sewing pattern ideas.

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Back to School Tour: Discounts and more sneak peeks!

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Just TWO more days! I truly am super excited about this tour (I’m also super excited about the next one we’re planning too). I LOVE back to school time. When I was a kid, as a university student, as non-student pre-kids even. I just love brand new school supplies, lol.

The other day I shared with you two sneak peeks and the prize details. Today, I have details on all the discounts being offered for the tour.

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Friday Favourites: Teacher’s Pet

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September means Back to School around here. I decided to choose my Friday Favourites based on the term Teacher’s Pet. Enjoy!

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  1. This apple scented beeswax candle from Beeswix Candles would make a good gift and get you on the Teacher’s Pet list for sure! 😉 Made of all natural beeswax in Ontario, Canada, they donate some of their proceeds to Ontario beekeepers.
  2.  I love the scalloped edges of the ceramic Best Teacher brooch. Tenacious Bloom handmakes all different kinds of stamped brooches from their location in England.
  3. What a fun mailbox this would be to have (if you still get home delivery service!) Don’t want a school bus mailbox? The Bus Box makes other fun mailboxes too.
  4. Books and an apple, nothing says ‘school’ more than that! It can be printed as a note card or an art print to be framed for your wall, from Torn Paper Memories.
  5. Suzy Ultman has lots of cute art prints in her shop. I love this kitty cat with the apple, aptly titled Teacher’s Pet.
  6. The Bear Rug Coaster from Dandyrions is oh sew cute! Made of felt and comes with the tiny apple. Makes a great gift for drinkers of coffee or tea. 😉 I want one!

 

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