Tomorrow is the first day of a school for Grace and Margot. This is a new school for both of them. Margot is just starting school and Grace is transferring to this school for 5th grade so it's a big day for both of them.
In typical Koss/Andersons style, Grace got sick last night. She ended up with a 102.5 temperature. This morning she woke up hot, dizzy, and had a sore throat. I took her into the Dr's first thing this morning to make sure it wasn't Strep. And it wasn't. I wish that it were because she couldn't have gotten on antibiotics right away. So instead we encouraged Grace to do gargle with salt water, drink plenty of fluids, and rest, rest, rest. I made homemade chicken noodle soup for dinner. All of this must have worked because by 4 this afternoon she was feeling a lot better. Her throat is still sore but her fever is gone and her head feels better. We're really hoping she doesn't spike another fever because she really, really wants to go to school tomorrow. Her new teacher called us at home and I got the chance to speak to her. That really touched me that she took the time to call us. I think we all felt a little better and a little more excited.
At the new school the girls have to wear uniforms and they are very strict. We had to purchase them at The Uniform store so I didn't get the chance to make them anything for the first day of school. In the past I've sewn uniforms and made book bags but not this year. As I was going over Margot's supply list I saw that she needed an art smock. I realize this was the one thing I could make her. I already have the Little Things to Sew book by Liesl Gibson and in there is a lovely art smock pattern. I allowed Margot to pick the fabric.
The color pink and kitties pretty much sums up Margot these days. Pink is her favorite color and she likes any animal that is cute so this smock is just so Margot. I haven't sewn in ages it seems so this was the perfect project to start with. I am also in the midst of moving my sewing space so I had that to get used to. A new table to sew on, a new chair, different lighting, different placement of my tools and ironing board. All of these things matter and in this new space I did feel a bit awkward. Usually when I sew I feel like a well oiled machine but not this time.
Anyhow, this project was easy and fun.
The back closes with Velcro or if you prefer snaps. But Velcro is easier in a classroom I think. I stitched around the Velcro twice so it was nice and secure. Grace made Margot a name tag by stamping the letters of her name on a piece of ribbon with fabric paint. I sewed it in between the Velcro on the inside placket.
The directions encourage you to make the smock with French seams and I had to agree they would look nice and so I did.
I realize this is the cleanest and nicest this smock will ever look and I am okay with that. I am just happy to be able to make her somthing for her first day of school.
Here Margot poses with various animals. Such a silly girl!
This Mamma is going to miss her silly girl. She makes me laugh every single day.
Good luck in Kindegarten tomorrow Margot!