When the girls' Waterfall Raglan pattern by Chalk and Notch released in late 2016, the holiday versions in stretch velvet dominated all. my. feeds. Since then, I've seen Waterfalls sewn up in a wide range of fabrics and seen many different modifications and styles. (Check out the Make It Mine Tour on Chalk and Notch's blog if you haven't already. I would link it here, but apparently Square Space is vetoing that functionality for me EVEN THOUGH I WAS ABLE TO INSERT A HYPERLINK IN THIS SAME PARAGRAPH BEFORE. What gives? I'm digressing...)

My spin on this pattern does a 180 from dressy holiday wear to everyday staple as school uniforms.

The uniform code at our school is somewhat relaxed. Solid grey, navy or khaki apparel is allowed. (There's also a school plaid, but it seems to be a proprietary plaid and I can't find yardage to purchase, only ready to wear garments. Wah. I'm digressing again...) For girls, the hem of skirts and jumpers should fall at or below mid-knee. 

I sewed up 2 dress-length versions straight from the pattern as designed without any modifications.

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The short-sleeved Waterfall is made entirely from a navy solid mid-weight knit. It's perfect for warm weather. 

For the winter version, I used a thick, quilted knit for the long sleeves and bodice and another simple solid for the neckband, ruffles, and pocket.

The length (both dresses were left unhemmed here) is very modest and well within the school's policy.

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I think she likes it.

I think she likes it.

Detail of the quilted knit. I wish I could remember where it's from. I want to say fabric.com. At any rate, it's the stuff that heaven and hoarding are made of.

Detail of the quilted knit. I wish I could remember where it's from. I want to say fabric.com. At any rate, it's the stuff that heaven and hoarding are made of.

A comfortable and stylish alternative to traditional school uniforms, I see many a Waterfall Raglan in our future.

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