Skola Dress and Top

Do you have a blog or website you visit over and over again for inspiration?

I have been sewing for as long as I can remember, but only started sewing clothes when my little Anna was born. During my pregnancy, there were a few blogs I always scrolled through looking for sewing tips and tutorials. My sewing skills have pretty much been self-taught this way. And by the time she was born, I couldn’t wait to make her all the cute little things! 😀

Elegance and Elephants was always one of those websites I drew inspiration from. Heidi’s tutorials and free patterns (because we were adjusting to only 1 income after having a baby) taught me so much. And her classic style was right up my alley! So when she announced the testing call for the Skola Dress and Top, I didn’t hesitate to sign up! How neat would it be to work along side (figuratively) someone who helped facilitate my passion for sewing? And anyway, just look at how sweet the Skola Dress and Top is:


This versatile pattern has so many options for a look you can totally make your own. 3 different sleeve lengths (or no sleeves at all) makes this a great pattern to transition between seasons. Choose between a classic A-line silhouette, a drop-waisted dress with gathered skirt, or a super easy-to-make top. And my favorite feature? The collar, of course! A classic Peter Pan or a pointed collar (seen here). I’ve never done a Peter Pan collar in knit before. I love that I can dress Anna in vintage style AND keep her comfy at the same time. Big WIN here! 😀

So, at 3 years old, Anna is fast becoming her own person. And having 3 older brothers has definitely played a roll in her developing personality. She loves to run and jump and play and show her brothers what’s what. Definitely the boss around here. So when I asked her if she wanted me to make her a dress or a shirt, it was no surprise that this little Tom boy wanted a shirt.

And when it came time to take photos, she refused to let me do her hair. *sigh* My baby girl is growing so fast…..

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I got this adorable mushroom Art Gallery print and the lavender french terry (for the shorts) at Raspberry Creek Fabrics 🙂

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So whether you have a little girly-girl or a Tom boy, like mine, this pattern is sure to please. And with Kids Clothes Week this week and Back to School right around the corner, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Head on over to Elegance and Elephants to grab your Skola Dress and Top pattern now 😀

**Tip: Elegance and Elephants Facebook Group members get access to a special coupon code. So if you’re not already a member yet, go request to join here. 😉


Happy sewing!