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Back to School – Teacher Edition

As much as it pains my heart to be writing this, I know it’s important to plan ahead, because we all know once school starts, free time gets to be very limited!

I’m a high school math teacher. I like to look as professional as possible because I look young and I’m super short! We do have a teacher dress code, which is mostly butt covered and no shoulders showing.

So let’s get right down to it!

Up first:

1. New Horizon’s Cascade Top – LINK

I like this top because the flounce makes it dressy. I made the left one with a lace overlay in the center. I plan to wear this one with dress pants. I modified the pattern just a little bit by shortening the sleeve length. I usually get cold in my classroom, so I like 3/4 sleeves. The right one was with the cap sleeve.

2. True Beauty by Ellie and Mac – LINK

I love this pattern! It’s an off the shoulder dress with a lot of length options. But I simply pulled it up over my shoulders! I like maxi dresses for school because I don’t want to worry about accidentally flashing kids, lol.


3. Ellie and Mac Sharkbite Top – LINK

I like this one because it’s long. I went with short sleeves, because of the no shoulder policy.


4. Pattern for Pirates Sweetheart Dress – LINK

I love this dress! It’s a circle skirt, so it twirls 🙂 For the mint green one, I simply put on a cardigan and then I’m good to go! My kids LOVED my Wheel of Fortune Dress.

5. Ellie and Mac’s I Love the 90’s Dress – LINK

Can you tell how much I love dresses! I’ll probably wear leggings with this one 🙂


6. Pickled Toe Pattern’s Bread and Butter Top – Link to Blog Post

I wrote a blog post on this one last summer. I used a lace overlay on the bodice and lace for the sleeves. The band really helps with this one because it stays in place!

7. Annelaine Pattern’s Tamara Top and Dress – SHOP LINK

This is a fun top! I love the back part. The strap helps keep it in place. It’s not too revealing, so it’s a great top or dress!

8. CKC Kimber Dress – LINK

This was from my early days of sewing. I really like this dress because it is flattering! I use the baby doll bodice for all of them. It’s a circle skirt, so it has the twirl. I wear mine with leggings.

9. Halla Carefree Dress – LINK

I put on a cardigan with this one and it’s perfect for school. I LOVE maxis 🙂

10. George and Ginger Super Sleeve Top – LINK

This top comes with 9 sleeve options! This is the only one I’ve tried so far and I love it! I didn’t shortened the pattern because I like my tops longer


11. George and Ginger Swagger Sweater – LINK

This is a great top! I kept the length and it has good butt coverage! I went with the short sleeve version.


12. My Golden Thimble’s Dahlia Dress – LINK

So I’m from KY and I teach in Big Orange UT territory. I get crap for being a UK fan, so I like being able to covertly support my team! I really like this dress and the seams help hide my mommy tummy!


13. Ellie and Mac’s Going Home Sweater – LINK

This is my FAVORITE fall outfit! Butt coverage is perfect for school!


14. CKC’s Sydney Raglan – LINK

This one is all about the fabric! I got this on sale from Hobby Lobby during the Christmas season. AND I went slow and didn’t break a single needle 🙂 This one has great butt coverage!

15. CKC’s Esthers – LINK

Another great dress!


16. Ellie and Mac’s 24/7 Top – LINK

This is my latest sew! And again, GREAT butt coverage! This top releases Monday night and I will update with a link then 🙂

That it! And that’s just the ones I have sewn! I hope you find something you can use for back to school!

Now, for the best part!!! I have some store credit to Ellie and Mac that I want to give away to a fellow teacher! Simply comment below with what you teach or the grade level and which of the above mentioned patterns you think you’ll sew up for the school year or have already sewn up for school! This is for a $5 store credit. Thanks for checking out my blog!!!

Note: Some of the above links contain affiliate links. I only recommend patterns that I love 😀

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Patterns for Pirates’s Walk the Plank PJ Pants

Patterns for Pirates recently had a tester competition and I decided to participate! The pattern I tested was Walk the Plank PJ pants. They can be downloaded for free by going to the Pattern for Pirates Website here.

I made the shorts version and it was quick and the directions were easy to follow. Then I got to do a photo shoot at my friend’s lake house! It was a great experience.  Here are my modeled photos.


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Back to School

Pickle Toes Patterns is celebrating Back to School with a blog tour and giveaway! Click here: Giveaway

I am so excited to help launch their new Back to School Blog Tour! I’m up first and I want to show you a pattern that is perfect for teachers! I decided to make the Bread N Butter Top, with the scoop neck and bottom bands. Pattern can be found here: Bread N Butter Top.  I wanted to dress mine up a little, so I decided to make a solid white top with a pretty mint green overlay. I love the results and can’t wait to wear it to school!

To purchase the top at a discounted price, please use the code TEACHERS for 25% off (minimum purchase of $7.50). This code will be until August 5.
Here are close ups of the fabrics I used:


I want to share a tip for working with stretch lace.  It takes a little more time, but will save you a headache in the end! Before each sewing step that involved the lace overlay, I basted my lace edge to the white solid. This really helps with the lace NOT moving.  Nothing would be worse than putting all of that work into a cute top and then finding out in some places that the lace didn’t stay in the seam allowance.  Basting is done by adjusting your machine’s stitch length to the longest setting (mine is a 4) and using a small seam allowance (I used 1/8). Do NOT back stitch at the end or the beginning.  Also, this is very important: after each step that you stretch stitch, you’ll need to remove the basted stitches! They don’t stretch as well as the stretch stitches you should use when working with knits. If you need some help with that, I recommend going to the beginning of your stitch, finding the top of the stitches, and gently gathering the fabric until you get to the end, then pulling the thread completely out.

Other than basting, I followed the wonderful pattern instructions. Here are the results:


I finished the bands with my coverstitch machine. This can also be done using a double needle on a regular sewing machine:


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My New Horizon’s Outfit

I recently saw a post in the New Horizon’s Facebook page about a hack to modify one of her Key West Tank.  I just knew my stretch lace was perfect for the hack!  I mostly followed the directions in Terra’s blog post: New Horizon’s Blog Post. I modified it a little differently though. There is a shorten/lengthen line on the pattern and I simply measured 2″ below that and cut it there.  I followed the rest of the blog exactly. If I did it again, I would cut at the cut line 🙂 Which I totally plan on doing in the future.  I needed a top to wear with my portlander’s pants.  And I love the results!  These pants are amazing and a must have if you don’t have them. Follow this (affl) link to purchase them: New Horizon’s Patterns.  The tank top is the Key West Tank and it’s a free pattern if you join her Facebook Group.

I put my top on Instagram and Jo-Ann’s liked it and put it on their website 🙂 I used their stretch lace and white knit to create the top.  See photo here: Jo-Ann’s

Here are the results:


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New Horizon’s Portlander Pants

Have you ever fallen in love with a piece of clothing? It’s easy to do when you are sewing and that means you get to pick the fabric and the pattern 🙂 I recently discovered a new love: The Portlander Pants by New Horizons!

I think my favorite part of these pants are that they have 5 total pieces, and from print to finish, they take less than 1 hour. Now I am SLOW when it comes to sewing, so that’s FAST for me! The material is also a win win. I made mommy and me out of french terry and mine out of double brushed poly, all from So Sew English Fabrics: Link:

I’ll be making pair number 4 tomorrow and pair number 5 on Thursday or Friday. I posted photos on Facebook and in one of my groups, my post had over 150 likes.  They are very in style.  Here is the link to purchase: New Horizons Designs

You won’t regret these pants!



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