School Uniform sewing (part 1!)

2 July 2012

jumprope dress as school uniformI’m optimistically calling this “part 1” as I have plans! Big plans!! Which is why I’m starting so early. C starts junior school in September, and for the first time will be required to wear a uniform. So I thought it would be nice to make some of the uniform myself, especially as she’ll be wearing it every day. I’m aiming for two gingham dresses and two black skirts…which is why I’m starting now.

For the first dress, I decided to go with the traditional look and use the Oliver + S Jumprope Dress pattern. I started cutting this out back in May…all cut out and ready to go! It took me a while to sew this one up (about a week of sewing squeezed into bits of evenings!) but I progressed slowly and steadily (!) and nothing much went wrong. Apart from I made such a mess of one of the sleeve tabs I had to cut out a whole new one. This was completely my fault though, as I ignored Liesl’s handy hint – to use tissue paper under the fabric to help stabilise it as it’s such a small piece. I used the tissue paper second time round though, and it did the trick!:sewing with tissue paper There was a slight button dilemma and my girls and I spent at least fifteen minutes sitting on the floor by the buttons in John Lewis, with the dress, trying out all sort of buttons… in the end we went with four-leaf-clover buttonsfour leaf clover buttons and since they only had five of those left, strawberries for the pocketsstrawberry button! We tried it on, the model wouldn’t stay still…jumprope dress - finished! jumprope dress - from the side! It’s a little big, but that’s good – I want it to fit in September!


  1. I am in awe of anyone who can work a sewing machine, let alone someone who can make a whole school summer dress. Lucky daughter! My youngest daughter is starting this September too, I fear I will be a snivelling wreck,


    on 5 July 2012 at 4:45 pm

  2. Oooh – I just found your website, it’s great! I’ve put a link to it here on the blog and I’ll definately be checking back next time we want to find a campsite. Recently we’ve enjoyed Breck Farm campsite on the North Norfolk coast (great for camping in a group – campfires and playing in the woods as well as being handy for the coast), and we’re regulars at Caerfai Farm campsite which is a bit nearer to you, in Pembrokeshire (close to a the coastal path and a lovely little bay, as well as St Davids). Good luck in September – my youngest is starting then too…


    on 5 July 2012 at 5:31 pm

  3. Aww, thanks for kind comments and a link would be fab! I have heard good things of Breck Farm, might feature it on my next campsites I want to visit post! Can you have campfires at Caerfai Farm?


    on 5 July 2012 at 10:30 pm

  4. i think no campfires – but it’s good for kites!! Lovely organic farm too.


    on 5 July 2012 at 10:59 pm