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Back to School Capsule: High School

I feel my high school son gets the ‘short end of the stick’ when it comes to my sewing projects. But when I do create something just for him, he truly appreciates it (then my mommy-guilt kicks in: ‘why don’t I sew for him more often?’).

As I was planning a style Sudoku capsule for my daughter’s BTS wardrobe, my son asked, ‘what IS that?,’ while looking over my shoulder as I moved little images around like chess pieces on a game board. I explained it to him and moved on with my project. Later on said mommy-guilt kicked in again, and I created an amazing capsule plan for him. And it’s simply perfect, because HE likes it!


Here’s my secret to success:

  • Start with a theme your teenager will embrace (get creative and personal – a ‘trend’ or look that is all their own)
  • Include your teenager in choosing patterns, fabrics, etc.
  • Aim to create something that looks RTW with only a subtle clue that it’s a me-made.

I started with a theme that slowly evolved into a wardrobe that truly showcased all that my son loves – which means he will actually wear the items. So, once my plan was teen approved :), I went straight to my PDF pattern files and chose a few tried-and-true pieces that are wardrobe staples for any teenage boy (or girl): tees. I decided to start by making him two shirts from the PAB men’s collection – the Tahoe Tee and the Rocky Mountain Raglan.

Tahoe Tee.  The quintessential tee. A staple in everyone’s wardrobe.

I purchased a two-tone charcoal gray for this tee with the intent of personalizing it with a small American flag iron-on using my Cricut machine. My son has an affinity for gold – his cell phone is gold, his dirt bike chain is gold – it came as no surprise when choosing his iron-on color … gold foil iron-on (not matte gold, foil aka SHINY … and now I am singing the song from Moana, “I’m so shiny…”).


Rocky Mountain Raglan. I think a raglan is a nice alternative to a basic tee and is a perfect canvas for creative use of fabric.

My son isn’t a huge raglan fan, so I knew I needed to up my game if I was going to convince him to wear this style – I knew he couldn’t resist the red-white-and-blue suggestion paired with the two-tone charcoal…


Although I made this last fall, I think it’s worth sharing again because it is such a great example for a teen’s BTS wardrobe and shows the long sleeve option for colder climates – an arctic camo version of the Rocky Mountain Raglan…


And lastly, socks! This guy LOVES red-white-and-blue socks! So I decided to surprise him with a pair of  Cozy Toes Sock, a FUN, unexpected addition to any BTS outfit! (Confession: this is my foot – he wasn’t home to ‘model’).


I hope this post encourages you to spend a little extra time (and fabric) to make the teenagers in your home feel special during those first weeks of school with a few new mama-made pieces. Even if it is just a pair of socks hiding beneath the designer jeans and shoes or a unique iron-on design on a ready-to-wear tee. 😉

If you do sew some back-to-school pieces this week, be sure to share your me-mades for an opportunity to win a sew-along prize. Here are the details:

  1. Sew something using a Peek-a-Boo Pattern this week to get your kids (or you!) ready for a new school year. If you get more than one thing made you get bonus entries :)
  2. Share your post on social media using the tags #backtoschoolpab and #peekaboopatternshop. Feel free to post multiple places for more entries! Winners will be chosen on both IG and FB :)
  3. On Monday, August 7th, Amy will draw TEN winners for a free pattern of choice!

Happy sewing mamas! And I hope you enjoy these last few days/weeks of summer with your kiddos!


P.S. Here are a few helpful links:

Cutting Machine Iron-On Tutorial (and be sure to check out the PAB Digital Design Shop)

Basic Capsule Wardrobe Planning Information (so much easier than you think)

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Hey there! I am Melissa - a So Cal wife (21 years and counting) and mama of three embracing, celebrating, and sharing my creative talents and handmade creations on my mom-blog where there is a little bit of everything I love: sewing, photography, crafts, free printables, outreach projects, family recipes, and more! Please stop by and hang out awhile:

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