Back to School in Style: Uniform vs Freestyle

Welcome back to 'Back to School in Style'!!!  Every fall I hear desperate moms searching for patterns that will fit their school's strict dress code or 'uniform' policy.  Not all kids with uniforms are allowed to wear handmade, but many are.  This week we are going to take a look at awesome patterns that will fit the rules of many school uniforms, but then we will also show how fun those same patterns can be in 'freestyle'.  So, even if you need to invest in some uniform patterns this year, it doesn't mean you can't still have fun!

Today, we start with an adorable look for our younger girls.  This outfit is easy for girls to play in, comfortable, and yet still uniform appropriate with it's collared shirt, A-line pinafore,  and multi length sleeves.  All three of these patterns are eligible for the Back to School in Style Link Up Contest, so grab the Lily Bird Studio Tiana, The Blank Slate Tee x 3, or the Diedelbug Tiny Explorer Backpack and get sewing!!!

All of the fabrics in this post were donated from our amazing Sponsor Whimsical Fabric.   They carry a wide range of knits, twills cords, and cottons.  Everything you need for Back to school uniforms and freestyle outfits alike.  I am a huge fan of their twills and cords for my kiddos' school clothes - they come in an amazing range of colors and they hold up great to wear and tear.



Kara sewed up the Uniform look - while pink may not fit your school's qualifications, this outfit would be just as adorable in khaki or navy with no ruffle and a crisp white shirt.

-Skopelos - Paparounes in Crimson
-Skopelos - Chora in Shades

-Cottage Garden - Teal Main
-Fabric Finders - Coral Twill

-Cottage Garden - Teal Triangles
-Cottage Garden - Teal Main (shirt collar)

Kara's School Dress Code:
-Collared shirt
-Plain colored pants, skirts or dresses


Crystal sewed up the Freestyle look with no collar and long sleeves.  The Teex3 from Blank Slate Patterns is one of my favorite t-shirts, not only does it have collar and sleeve options for girls, it is a unisex pattern that looks just as cute on boys with the plain neck or the hooded option; and the slim fit is perfect for layering!

Freestyle preschool look:

Diedelbug Little Explorer backpack in Emmy Grace Budquette in Nightfall and Knotty in Rain 

Thank you again to Whimsical Fabric for sponsoring each of these looks, and don't forget to link up your Back to School in Style Sewing Creations HERE!