Back to School Trend Report: 2014

Hear that?? The pitter pattering of bare feet trekking mud around your home from play in the sprinklers?? ME NEITHER. Because Summer is out, and Fall is IN, bringing with it a three-word phrase for "relief."

Back To School!

And now that the munchkins are off maccaroni-arting and studying vocab, you have time to SEW! Where do you start?? I've compiled my season's fashion trends, adapted them for girls, and found the CUTEST patterns to sew them in. Read on!


Grunge Glam

Ready or not - 90's is back, ya'll.  Red, gray, black. Layered sweaters, rocker tees, relaxed fit pants, beanies, bucket hats, and of course leather and plaid EVERYTHING. It's allll back.. but with a twist! The "glam" element means the jackets are fitted, and the accessories - heavy on metallics and animal prints - are girly and fun.

As is standard in children's fashion, the kiddos get a much softer version of the grown up trends. Red and black brighten to pinks and grays. Rocker minis are made modest and child friendly with ruffles and leggings. For the littlest rockers among us, here's what I suggest:

  • Patterned leggings 
  • Ruffle skirts
  • Raglans (perfect upcycle projects!)
  • Layering sweaters
  • Plaid Flannel 
  • Acid wash (in fun youthful colors!)
  • Overalls - Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop just released the Okey Dokey pattern perfect for this trend (Or if you're dying for a mashup, check out these cloveralls)
DIY Back to School Trend: 2014 / Grunge Glam Sophie Jacket in Wanderlust Knit | Brindlle & Twig Beanie | Cloveralls (Sydney Pinafore & Willow and Co Clover mash-up) | Stitchwerx Essential Leggings

DIY Back to School Trend: 2014 / Grunge Glam
Sophie Jacket in Wanderlust Knit | Brindlle & Twig Beanie | Cloveralls (Sydney Pinafore & Willow and Co Clover mash-up) | Stitchwerx Essential Leggings

To show you just how girly and playtime-friendly this trend could be, I made a second look!

Julia Sweater | Lilygiggle Sassafras Skirt

Julia Sweater | Lilygiggle Sassafras Skirt

The Cat's Meow

  • Wildcat inspired accessories - like the animal hoodie I adapted below (pin that tutorial for later!), or a great pair of leopard print flats. (I'll take a pair of those while you're at it!)
  • All-things animal-ear hoods! I made this one with whiskers and a little kitty nose too :) Pattern from Living D.I.Y. Style.
DIY Back to School Trend: 2014 / Cat's Meow Recess Raglan | Modified Hooded Cowl by Living DIY Style

DIY Back to School Trend: 2014 / Cat's Meow
Recess Raglan | Modified Hooded Cowl by Living DIY Style

All Star Wardrobe

I'm most excited for this one! Mostly because it justifies my wearing athletic wear 24/7. 

  • Sweatpants in fun colors and prints. Consider the Harem pants below, or these floral aviator pants from the Boys' Bundle Up line.
  • Headbands are a super easy DIY project with our scrap knit!
  • Athletic shorts, or skorts like this one are great for play and right on trend for our mini athletes! 
  • Combine flirtier attire with unisex pieces like stripe sweaters or puff vests. How great would this be sleeveless, lined in fuzzy fleece??
DIY Back to School Trend: 2014 / Sportswear Violette Field Threads' Gretchen Ruffle Cardigan | Jocole Shoreline Tank | Filles à Maman Agathe and Theo Harem Pants

DIY Back to School Trend: 2014 / Sportswear
Violette Field Threads' Gretchen Ruffle Cardigan | Jocole Shoreline Tank | Filles à Maman Agathe and Theo Harem Pants


I'm intrigued to find all fashions are mixing masculine fashions with a hyper-feminine twist. I love it! Perfect for styling our trendy gals, from the tom-boys to the girliest of girly girls. 

What will you be sewing?? Do you have the *perfect* fabric for one of these styles?? I want to see! As always, be sure to share your creations with us on our facebook wall :) 

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Becca DuVal

Hi there! I'm Becca: a wife, momma, and serial-crafter juggling a fancy camera, sewing machine, and preschool drop-off. Here you'll find the latest in my sewing exploits, portraiture projects, and family adventures!

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