It’s my turn Sewing for Kindergarten! It feels like it’s been forever since I experimented with fabric, and this was a particularly fun experiment – I’m calling it the X Factor Dress.
For the duration of production I wasn’t sure whether the X was going to be a critical factor in its success OR the sort of giant light-up “X” used to indicate a fail on Family Feud.
But before we talk about the dress, let’s talk about this school situation.
Is this your first time sending a child to Kindergarten? Nope!
If not, what number child is this? Second!
Do you feel like crying or celebrating? Both. Mostly celebrating though, for two reasons. One, I still have a third kid at home that I can look at and distract myself from the fact that they’re all growing so fast. Adrianna calls this the back-up baby concept. And two, because she’s really been dying to go for the last year. As much as she and I love each other, baby sister and I are not nearly as exciting as talking to friends and teachers all day, and this girl can talk. allllll. daaaaay. There were a few tears on my part, but realistically there’d probably be more if she were at home directing all of that talking at just me.
And what about your child? She’s LEAPING onto the school bus each day. The thought of crying about leaving me has not occurred to her, but she has drawn a few lovely photos of me that tell me she doesn’t completely forget I exist while she’s there. Unless the teacher is directing her to draw me just to make me feel better. If she is, it’s totally working.
What type of school (public, private, homeschool) will your child attend? Public. No uniforms.
What was your own first day of school like (if you remember ;-)? I remember only a few things about the whole year! Nothing about the first day. This is one of those things about parenting that simultaneously scares and reassures me. Scared that they’re going to remember nothing of all of the special moments before, say, 8 – and reassured that if I’ve screwed up majorly before this point they’re probably not going to remember it!
So, turning to the dress. To put this together I took a basic bodice, sliced it up, added seam allowances and got to work piecing it back together. There’s a bit of piecing in the skirt to line up the X into the side seams. I’d planned to make it a simple slip-over-the-head dress, but the bodice wasn’t quite wide enough to pull that off, so I had to add a side zip.
The zipper installation is not my best work, but this is about how we both feel about that quirk.
The slightly tricky bit in the piecing was the stretch that happens along a bias edge, but this folding template made that no big deal.
While she’s been totally enthusiastic about school so far… reality is starting to settle in. This is more like the reaction I’m getting as she’s realizing that this school thing is now happening every day after day after day for like, ever.
But you don’t eat a whole apple in one bite, right?
So we’ll take this one day at a time.
I’m SO glad I signed on for this challenge. I needed that! To see more in the Sewing for Kindergarten series, head over to Sewing Like Mad!