Hi all! I am so excited to be participating in Mie’s Sewing for Kindergarten series. (If you don’t know, Mie is the impeccable seamstress behind Sewing Like Mad, and a new friend of mine!). I happen to have a fresh kindergartner on my hands who loves some new gear for him, so let’s get to it.
A few questions from Mie…
Is this your first time sending a child to Kindergarten? Nope, I’ve done it once before.
If not, what number child is this? He’s the second, and middle, child.
Do you feel like crying or celebrating? Celebrating, mainly. The thought of him growing up is a little sadder than the girls, just because I know my days of snuggles are probably more limited with him. By the end of the summer the kids were both really good at annoying each other and really over being annoyed. I love having the kids all pretty close in age, but the fighting. Oh, the fighting…!
And what about your child? Oh, he is celebrating. In a week he will ask when the first vacation is, but for now he’s happy to be back with his friends. He’s more low-key, so the full day kindergarten will probably exhaust him by the end of the day.
What type of school (public, private, homeschool) will your child attend? Our school is a public school that strangely goes from pre-K up to 9th grade before sending the kids on to another district for highschool. They have really small classes, which is great. His class has 10 kids in it right now, which is a nice size. And there are a lot of really sweet kids in there. I substitute taught for him a few times last year and it was great to get to know the kids. I moved to the Adirondacks when my dad became the school’s superintendent in the mid 1980’s. My mom is the school treasurer and my husband works there. It’s pretty easy for me to send them off there and feel completely secure, I’m lucky.
What was your own first day of school like (if you remember ;-)? I remember my Mom made my dress! She didn’t sew a ton for me growing up, but she did make my first day of school dress and I can still picture it! Fabric that reminds me of it always pops out at me when fabric shopping, too. I actually remember quite a lot…the names of my friends, my old phone number, the number of the bus I rode home on…
I wonder what this guy will remember from his Kindergarten year. He was very nonchalant his first day, running off to be with his friends and eating with them at breakfast like nothing. The biggest difference is that he is a BEAR when he gets home. And not a cute cuddly cub, more like a pissed off grizzly. Handle with care. I’ll chalk it up to an adjustment period, and see what next week brings.
Pattern deets: this amazing (!!!) double cloth fabric, this red chambray, and some chambray gifted to me by the talented, gorgeous, and generous Erin (if you don’t already, you should be reading her blog). The top is from Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids and the pants are an updated version of the Hosh pants that I’m testing out (I blogged the original here). Spoiler–they are incredible. You’ll be hearing more about these in the future….stay tuned.
The total effect was a bit like a chambray suit or something, and I was on the fence about it, but really, we aren’t a match up your clothes kind of house (especially this kid), so they won’t pair up often, and I love them separately. The hoodie was a comedy of errors (the front was not intended to be red), but it always happens to work out in the end.
I could eat this wild thing up, I love him so.
**Posting today as well is my friend Sara, who blogs over at Made by Sara. I love connecting with people over the internet…Sara and I both have biology degrees, three children, and a passion for sewing. I knew I had a twin out there somewhere, and one day I’ll have to travel to Portugal to meet her!**