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.
The 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.
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.
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.