Back to School Outfit for Chloe

23 August

My daughter starts kindergarten next week.  She absolutely cannot wait.  I thought I’d make her a quick little outfit.  She wanted something pink (of course) with butterflies.  I just had to put a little blue in there, though.

Back to School Outfit on Chloe

I used McCall’s pattern M6530, which is super easy.  I like it because there’s no buttons or zippers anywhere – not on the pants nor the top.  I really wanted her to be able to put this outfit on completely by herself.

I used cotton fabrics I’ve had forever, from both JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby.  She actually picked out the butterfly/leaf fabric at Hobby Lobby.  I made sure to pre-wash the yardage, to avoid shrinking.  Before starting the pattern instructions, I finished all the seams that would be exposed by running it through my serger.

Back to School Top Pieces

The pattern called for elastic thread in order to ruffle up the sleeves and waist.  I gave it a galliant effort, but gave up on that tactic.  I bought some elastic thread, but I must have gotten the wrong kind.  There was no way it was going to fit in my machine.  So I just used clear elastic, which worked perfectly.

Back to School Top Finished

Chloe has a tiny waist and long legs (lucky girl).  So for the pants, I cut out the size 4 pattern but used the size 5 marking for length.  And since I didn’t want capri-length pants (cooler weather is around the corner for us) I added a couple more inches to the length.

Back to School Pants Pieces

Back to School Pants Finished

So fun to use bright colors for a little girl.  The outfit is pretty forgiving as far as size goes.  Yay for elastic!

Back to School Outfit Finished

Both the top and the pants were a super-quick sew.  And Chloe loves it!

Back to School Top

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