Did you stay up the night before school started each year like I did? Too amped and excited/nervous to sleep? Every single year. And now, again, again because my teensy twins grew up in a blink and start first grade tomorrow. They wear uniforms at their school but this summer as I was rereading the uniform policy I noticed that it was really generous in its terms.
Girls may also wear solid-colored collared dresses in one of the uniform shirt colors.
I missed that phrase last year but today I rectified the situation by making Bird a red dress for the first day of school—tomorrow (in true night-sew fashion, with no time to spare). Her favorite parts are the square glittery buttons and sneaking polka dot bias tape inside. I think the dots make her feel rebellious.
The fabric is a stretch poplin from JoAnns. The pattern is Simplicity 5226 with the only modifications being the tucks added to the front bodice, the back bodice, and the pockets. I made a size 7 and it is generous on her. I put a 5 inch hem on the bottom and will be surprised if it doesn’t last two years when I take that out and add a tuck to hide the crease.