Wednesday, April 14, 2010

School Dortjes.

I've been the mother of a school girl or two for the last four and a bit years and one of the things I struggle with every year is the winter uniform.

The brief from the school is that the girls must wear a tunic and tights, which is not great for the monkey bars, or navy pants.

I cannot stand the look of trackie pants and navy pants can never be found in any shops, except for shiny polyester ones which I cannot stand either.

So this year I decided to have a go at making my own.

I used navy cord and the Sewing Clothes Kids Love pattern and went to work.

I did have to sneak a bit of patterned fabric in the inside of the pockets for a bit of fun and yes, I did forget to hem them before I sent her off to school this morning. Oops!

Two more days until the swaperama deadline.
PLEASE don't disappoint your partner who is giving her postie the eye and checking the mailbox every ten minutes waiting for her's to arrive.

Have a great day. XX

33 comments:

  1. Is it colder over your part of the world? We are still in summer uniform until June. But I think you have made some fab trousers with the sneaky bit of patterned fabric! Did you really forget to hem them?!! My poor girls, both of them, have pins in the hems of their school dresses!! Can you believe how bad that is for me?

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  3. I so love this book, I think I def. need to purchase! I love her fun pockets, so much nicer than polyester!
    Hopefully dragging my sick self to post office today to send mine off and will add it to the flikr pool too. Thanks so much for organising
    x

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  4. Looks like you did a good job Momma!!! I bet every other kid in that school is gong to want you to make them a pair of the cord pants so they don't have the wear the polyester ones. :-)

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  5. Those trousers look too cool for school - I want a pair!! Well done, and the frayed hem just makes them cooler in my 30-something year old opinion.

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  6. Love the pants, I wouldn't hem them!!

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  7. Wow, I love your Dortjes!
    Wish our school would let us wear pants like that!

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  8. Lovely dortjes!!
    (never thought I'd say THAT!)

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  9. so much nicer than the black legging type things that I sent my daughter to school in this morning. They are cool

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  10. I'm loving seeing your many versions of these pants Kate - each pair look so different depending on what you've made them wih.
    Love the sneaky print in the pockets too.

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  11. Fabby school trousers ~ very practical too! My two kids have to wear school uniform. I've never done much sewing so can't for the life of me ever imagine ever being able to make such wonderful clothes that you can :O) x

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  12. Fantastic school pants!
    And look at you - churning through those patterns!
    ;-)

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  13. They are great. I have never looked at the pattern twice...but I will now.

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  14. They look great Kate, the more you say about this book the more I want it!

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  15. Wow they look great. You have inspired me to have a go at some for my girls. We have a similar brief and I don't do shiny trackies well either. And I personally like the un hemmed look :)

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  16. I posted mine today so hopefully it gets to my partner quickly. I hope she likes it :)

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  17. I absolutely LOVE these trousers! I'd love to be able to make something like that but just the thought of it is a little frightening!
    Well done you! They look so comfy as well.

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  18. Well done Kate, much, much better than the daggy track pants most of them wear. I know they're warm but they look really sad!! Very stylish your girls will be now, even without being hemmed, the comparison on the last photo says it all!!
    Lizzie
    xxx

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  19. wow! they look perfect!way to go!

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  20. They look great! And so much nicer then trackie pants. When I used to teach I loved (not!) my preppies wanting to take off said trackie pants half way through the day cause they were hot...shoes still on. Disaster!! Hope all is well :)

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  21. great pants Kate,I'd wear them.
    What a great cut.
    Finally posted my pin cushion off this arvo.

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  22. Love the pants Kate, every time you make a pair of these I remember how much I want that book, need to tell my hubby before Mothers Day (or before he buys my some crappy PJs!)

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  23. Nice work Kate! ..Ok..Soooo do you make them 'lady sizes'! 'Cos I really like them! My last attempt at 'pant/trouser making left my small girl, my sister & I with our bum cracks peeking out of the top of said pant....hmmm. Peta

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  24. They are fab - your daughter will certainly be the best dressed at school. Much, much better than shiny polyester!

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  25. Definately too cool for school ! Bet your daughter loves them.
    Louise x

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  26. Groovie pants, all the mums will want them now.
    Jacqueline

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  27. Great idea for your scraps. The tree looks fantastic! I never throw any scraps or threads out. I use them as stuffing in some softies.

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  28. Not only do the pants look fab they're probably more durable than the fleecy track pant type. I have a parcel to pick up from the post office, so exciting, hoping that it's my pin cushion x

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  29. These are awesome! I really like the look of the cord.
    I've missed so many of your recent posts! Those smock dresses are amazing and I so enjoy getting a glimpse at your farm and those beautiful veggies!
    Have a wonderful day.

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  30. Those pants look amazing. The fit is brilliant! THey look very money bar compatible.

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  31. can you make a man pair for me? ;-)

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  32. Wow, so clever! I'll have a pair of those too thanks!! ;-)

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