Back to School

b2s blog tour

Thanks for stopping by as part of the Made for Mermaids Back to School tour! My son is heading back to school at the end of August and, luckily for this mama, almost all of his clothes from last year still fit! As I was thinking about what patterns I wanted to highlight, I realized that I never posted here about last year’s fall capsule! We snapped a few pics today of two of our favorites – Rowan Raglan and a slightly modified Free Faux Fur Vest.


The Free Faux Fur Vest is a life saver in this house once cool weather hits. He hates any sort of coat that has buttons, zippers, snaps, toggles – really any type of closure –  so this vest has been a great addition to his fall/winter wardrobe.

He LOVES the sherpa minky we lined it with {he also really loves the star swim trunks he paired this outfit with, hahaha! I cut him a little slack since he broke his foot the day before we took these pictures 😉 }. I altered the vest neckline just a bit to give it a slightly boxier look, but that was it for modifications!

I also started sewing these little tags in all of his removable items (hats, mittens, coats, etc. ) several years ago. As much as we want him to be responsible for his own things, he’s also still little; these tags make it so much easier to keep track of rogue items. Bonus: they are easier to remove than sharpie initials when things are outgrown 😉 You could easily make your own, but I like to order mine on etsy.


E basically lives in Rowan Raglans – it’s such a quick sew, and he loves to help design different looks. Since he doesn’t have quite as many pattern options as his sister, one of the ways we made his fall capsule a little more versatile was making one short sleeve Rowan Raglan tee that he could layer over all of his long sleeve Rowan Raglans.


I know people are always on the hunt for what they consider “boy fabrics”, but we truthfully use stripes, solids, and heat transfer vinyl for almost all of his shirts. Every now and then we find some fun prints that he likes, but we don’t stress about finding them! Usually I use my Silhouette Cameo to cut HTV, but we cut these two particular designs out by hand so that E could give a little more hands-on help with moving pieces around, color, etc. The sloth was based on a picture he drew a few years ago; how funny is the little zoom?!?

All of his capsule pants are P4P Little Loungers, but we made most of them in cotton Lycra because he thinks normal pants are too “flappy”, whatever that means!

Fabric sources:

  • All solids are cotton lycra from Knitpop.
  • Faux denim knit from Knitpop
  • Dinos from Love Adore.
  • Tie dye rayon spandex and blue striped DBP (I think) from Sly Fox.
  • Gray/white stripes upcycled from a women’s tank
  • Vest is a quilted cotton, lined with a sherpa minky


Need more school wardrobe capsule ideas for kids? Check out the spring capsules I did for both kids over here, or take a look back at some of my previous posts for Bee’s other capsules! She’s not in school yet, but you could certainly use the same patterns for older kids!

Make sure you check out the rest of the Back to School blog tour this week! Check the Made for Mermaids blog each day for links to the other wonderful bloggers. 🙂

b2s schedule


Published by em and ellie

Thank you for stopping by! I'm the mama behind em and ellie, formerly mama & little e. Although I've been a crafty sewist for years, I formally started my DIY adventure in July 2013, after a lot of prompting from Mr. Mama, and two random unrelated orders for baby gifts from friends. Shortly after the first two orders, I launched an etsy shop. On top of running my handmade boutique, I love to spend time repurposing random junk, making ridiculous Halloween costumes out of cardboard, decorating (and re-decorating) our home on a budget, taking pictures of my kids, and making elaborate meal plans that nobody actually follows. I also own an obscene amount of throw pillows.

5 thoughts on “Back to School

  1. Oh that little sloth is so cute!! Poor buddy with the broken foot, I hope he heals quickly. And I LOVE that vest. Think he’ll share it with me?


  2. What a great idea for the vest, my son has been asking for a new one so I may do the same thing with that pattern ❤️


  3. Absolutely adorable. I LOVE how you made the vinyl based on a picture he drew… what a fun idea. Also, I think I need that vest myself! 🙂


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