It's hard to believe my little dude is in kindergarten. When people say time flies, they are not joking. It's been such a fantastic five years with this guy but I'm ready to send him off into the world where someone else can mold his little brain. So I happily agreed to join Mie from Sewing Like Mad's Sewing for Kindergarten blog tour because I was ready to send my dude off in style.
My guy has a uniform policy that is pretty laidback. A polo shirt with the school logo and pants or shorts that aren't too distracting. I'm a little sad because he's just starting to find his own style-voice. But, on the other hand, getting dressed in the morning has never been so easy. I'm hoping these polka dot pants are within the policy and he can show some of his personality through some rad shorts or pants.
I found a pair of large men's pants for free a few weeks ago and I snagged them for the fabric (It's not as strange as it sounds.) They were in great condition minus an unfortunate tear so I chopped them up to make shorts. I used Blank Slate's Clean Slate pants pattern and cut them as capri pants. I've made them before for STYLO and they're a good fit for my guy. I put two 1 inch darts in the back instead of elastic to give them a more tailored feel. The shorts are a nice fit and move well with an active boy.
Did you know last week was international polka dot day? Me neither until the weekend before. I thought this might be a fun way to snaz up some otherwise simple shorts. I used a q-tip and some mint green fabric paint to put some subtle polka dots on the shorts. I like them a lot!
We also needed a bigger backpack for folders this year and something a bit more mature than his toddler pack. I bought this purple bus fabric by Kokka a few months ago with the intention of using it for something school related. My guy LOVES purple so it was a no-brainer. I used the toddler backpack pattern from Made by Rae and followed her directions for expanding the pattern. It was a surprisingly quick make and I'm loving the outcome. The buses are a very dark navy and we randomly found a roll of matching polka dot fabric at Mood. Usually when I have my mind set on a color I can never find it, but this was a perfect.
Because of the uniform policy, we didn't need to buy anything new for our guy. We actually bought these bright blue Converse two years ago in anticipation of him eventually growing into them. I was super psyched that a) they fit b) I didn't forget about them in the closet. I think they give a little personality to the uniform look and I'm happy he likes them.
Mie threw out a few questions for everyone to answer so you can hear a little more about our experience.
- Is this your first time sending a child to Kindergarten? If not what number child is this?
Yes! This is my first child heading off to kindergarten. But he already did a year in pre-k at our public school so that felt like the big jump for me. This has been a pretty easy transition for us. The only difference is his school is much farther away- 5 subway stops versus 2 blocks- so the commute has taken some getting used to.
- Do you feel like crying or celebrating?
Celebrating! This summer was fantastic, but I'm ready to get my life back and some me-time in. The only time I found my eyes welling up was when I put him on a school bus for the first time. It felt like such a big deal putting my 5 year old on a bus and sending him through the streets of Brooklyn with a complete stranger.
- And what about your child?
He was definitely ready too. He got on the bus with absolutely no hesitation. He gets in the same seat every day and waves to us as the bus pulls off. I think he's super excited for all the new adventures he's having.
- What kind of school does your child attend? (public, charter, private, homeschool)
The little dude is attending a charter school. It's a new school to us but I think it's going to be really great. We only know a few people so he has to make all new friends which I think is a bit intimidating for him but he's embracing it and having fun.
Thank you for joining me today! There are so many great bloggers on the tour so look at the list and check out their journeys.