Having been raised in The Netherlands, a non school uniform country, I found it really frustrating that Dora was not allowed the dress freedom I had as a child. Mum friends here say they find it is so much easier. No dramas in the morning and everyday the same, 5 days a week, week in week out. Only to move the clothes topic to when they are 16! I think it is totally boring, but that won't hold up any arguments, maybe it just justifying it to myself. With Dora starting school last September, I initially thought I would just make Lotta clothes instead, but now the idea of sewing an alternative school uniform has actually become a really nice brief (it takes away the excess choice of fabrics, and also has limited what clothes you can sew). It basically has to be dark blue or blue checked.
I have an issue with buying the school dresses from Sainsbury for next to nothing (how can it be sourced well, been to China and back and sewn by a real person for £8). I buy my fabric from John Lewis and with their credentials of supporting the cotton farmers it makes me feel a bit better, though it is very very hard to source sustainable cotton as textile. It has become a way I can let steam off with my frustration of conforming to this style-less boring uniform. Parents care a lot what their children wear so how can that suddenly stop when they start Reception? I dont get it!
The top dress is reversible, I sewed it with the instructions of the blog Cool People Sew. This was a dress for the winter, as Dora had a permanent cold I made some pockets for tissues. The dress could (on clean weeks) last nearly a week, I would reverse it on the Wednesdays!
the one below on the left is a copy of a GAP skirt Dora was very fond off. As I don't really know how to follow patterns, most of my dresses I copy of existing ones.
This top is my favourite, I made it Saturday afternoon, the UK is in a super pleasant heatwave so polo shirts are far too hot. So I copied the base of a top and changed the bottom to the dark blue band.
The bottom left dress is reversible (so for the winter) and the right one is a dress from Madame Zsazsa, who I really like. A lady in Belgium who blog currently mainly about her massive veg patch.