Back to school....with a smile!


School uniform can be one of the most expensive clothing items you will ever purchase for your child. Well, it doesn’t have to be if you make it yourself - you can rake back money! And you will have more money to spend on their Christmas Presents.

Most schools have list of preferred uniform style and colours and even names of preferred stockists. There are some fabric wholesale shops which allow individual customers (not business owners) to purchase fabric from them for much reduced price. For example, Pound Fabrics have a brilliant selection of fabrics at pound-shop prices. For example, their Gray woven polyester fabric is only £2 per metre! The skirt can also be make in polycotton fabric.

When it comes to skirts for your teenage girls, you can’t go wrong with this pattern from the Simplicity Learn to Sew range. It has extra explanations on the instruction sheet so its suitable for complete beginners! You will learn how to insert a zipper and also attach a waistband and use that lightweight fusible interfacing I mentioned in a different blog.

Here is the pattern for the school skirt. It is suitable for dress/skirt sizes 6 to 18 but as it is a misses pattern it is cut on the small size, so I find that it makes more sense to cut out the pattern pieces one or two sizes bigger than their size, whilst at the same time allowing for growth.

This is a very popular pattern. I have used it for my Beginners Dressmaking Courses for some years now, and it is also popular with the young students. It is such a classic, A-line silhouette and comes in three lengths, the shorter of the two I would use for uniform. if you have never used a sewing machine before and fancied giving this pattern a try, then contact me to arrange a Sewing Machine Skills lesson.