Collarless boy’s suit and bags for shogakko (elementary school)

Shogakko ceremony suit
Sidra is going to elementary school this month and there are tons of things to prepare. The school requires the student to have a lesson bag for their art and crafts stuffs, another bag for uwabaki (slippers to use at school), and yet another type of bag for lunch set. I’ve been planning to make all of them myself and also a suit for Sidra to wear at the opening ceremony.

The fabrics had been bought since a month ago, but as usual when faced with a deadline, I usually got lazy and keep postponing things until the last minute. As a result, I suddenly found myself with only 4 days to finish all the stuffs.

Shogakko ceremony suitThe pattern for the collarless suit is from a Japanese pattern book, I had to alter it a bit to suit Sidra’s height.

To make my life a bit more complicated, the pants feature a pair of front pleats and fly zipper which I’ve never tried to make before. All Sidra’s pants that I’ve made before always use elastics on waist.

The jacket is fully lined, has back and sleeves slits and has all the hems blanket-stitched like a real suit. All these new techniques are so exciting! Despite all the difficulties with all the techniques, I managed to finish the suit in two days and I’m so pleased with the result.

Lesson bag and shoes bag
I usually don’t sew on Saturday, but this time I had no choice. My husband took Sidra to Ueno to see some kind of exhibition about dinosaurs so I could have the whole Saturday to sew the bags. I want the bags to be simple and not so colorful, so I only use blue and beige colors in different pattern.

Both of the bags are fully lined with polkadot fabric and have outer pockets. I also use magnetic closure on the lesson bag and put a pocket inside. There are still some leftovers bag tags from Sidra’s birthday gifts, so I put them on bags and put his name on it. By the time the boys came home, I’ve finished both bags, with addition of a pair of hand towels.

Lesson bag and shoes bag

On Sunday, my husband took me out of the sewing room and we went picnic to a nearby park. My back is aching and my wrists are sore but I’m so happy. Thankfully, the first week on the school is still half-day, the kids won’t be having lunch at school yet. That means: I can postpone making the lunch set until a week from now.

Suit pattern is from the book 女の子と男の子のかわいい制服―受験服から礼服まで

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  • Novita Estiti

    Thank you everybody ^.^
    I’m really happy with the suit as that was my first time, and I learnt a lot while making it. It was a bit complicated but not as difficult as I thought. The diagrams in the Japanese books are very clear.


    wah ganteng sih Sidra.
    i really adore your spirit to finish the suit.I think u have a pair of magic hand.No body can sew perfectly just referring from the gifted.

  • Trisha

    Your boy is going to be the best-dress in the class. I love the dinosaur tags too! I wish I was going to school so I could have one!!! 🙂

  • Suzy

    That suit is so beautiful! And I love the bags too. We are taking my little boy to a wedding later this year, so I would like to try making a suit for him… although I am a bit daunted, I am not as talented at sewing as you are.

  • Aya Smith

    He is SOO cute! Actually, I think he looks a little like my son :3 I love that suit and bag, so wonderful!

  • lunatepetal

    what a great mom your son got! 🙂 and you are a super mom, Novita!
    the suite looks great on him, and needless to say the bags are so cute! I bet he can’t wait to start elementary school!!

  • miettelove

    Oh my your little man is so handsome in the suit! I’ve got an 8 month old boy and a new sewing machine and I’m so excited to make him some clothes. Your page is so inspiring!

  • Victoria Goodridge

    Hi, how gorgeous your “stuff” is, you son’s suit is beautiful so well made, and his bags so cute especially with the dinosaur tags, my twin sons would love them. I am in Melbourne Australia and love handmade stuff to =)
    Link me here if you like Victoria