kcw prep by jenny from the southern institute

kcw spring 2013: day one

The first day of kid’s clothes week is here! I think Jenny’s picture up there pretty much sums it up: pattern tracing, pattern tracing, more pattern tracing. Prepping for the sewing always seems to take longer than the actual sewing!

If you are new to KCW and a little unsure how it works, or if you need a little reminder, head on over to the kid’s clothes week FAQ page for answers to all your questions. It’s only an hour a day. If you miss a day, don’t worry! You haven’t failed–no one is grading you on this! Find an hour the next day. KCW is all about momentum: little by little the creative momentum builds and by the end of the week you’ll be a sewing machine!

kcw day one prep collage


1. kcw {spring 2013}  2. Those pants this fabric  3. the official kids clothes week stack 4. cut and ready to go  5. pattern and fabric for kcw  6. planning

I love all the kcw prep photos that are popping up on instagram and in the flickr pool. If you are on instagram, be sure to tag your photos with #kidsclothesweek, so we all can see what you are working on. We have an instagram profile now too: @kidsclothesweek. Throughout the week we will be featuring photos there as well, so follow us!

kcw spring 2013: day one


1. easy piece pants 2. ayashe  3. oatmeal and leather 4. bear face stenciled tee 5. owl shirts  6. faux thai fisherman pants


There are always eager beavers who start KCW a bit early and those lucky ducks in different time zones who are a day early! They are always the ones with the first finished garments in the flickr pool. And there are some good ones in there already! Check out these beauties and then go make your own!

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  • Reply Jenny April 22, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I’m excited to be sewing along this time around! Thanks, Meg!

  • Reply Sharilyn April 22, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Just trying to get my kids out the door to school so I can start sewing!!

  • Reply Cherie April 22, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I am so excited that this day has finally arrived!

  • Reply LauraB / CraftyHourMom April 22, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Woohoo!! Here’s my prep:

  • Reply christina April 22, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Noooooo! It’s Kid’s clothes week already, and I have to prep for an 8 hour road trip with four children five and under instead of sewing. 🙁

  • Reply Lauren April 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Wow! Thanks for putting up the photo of my Thai Fisherman Pants!! Hopefully I will perfect the pattern this week so others can use it, too!

  • Reply Heidi April 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I’ve heard about KCW for ages, but never seem to be in the know. I saw the dates last night, and am really excited. Now if I could just rearrange all my other responsibilities to back off so I can get sewing, all will be well!

  • Reply Kristianna April 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I finished a dress today! I did spend way more than an hour sewing but it was fun! Can’t wait to see all the pretty things everyone is making!

  • Reply Zanda April 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    just finished top with handprint boxers http://instagram.com/p/YbAwX-sy0q/

  • Reply Max April 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    That bear tee is awesome!!

  • Reply Bek April 22, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Ooooh! I’m so excited, this will be my first time participating – bit of a spur of the moment decision, but I’ve got a relatively quiet week with hubs out of town, so I’m committing!!

    Love your prep – I’ll be tracing patterns, choosing fabrics and cutting tonight!!!!

  • Reply Noemy April 22, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Done with day one, 97% dress done, tomorrow planing to make some shorts hopefully I’ll be able o finish them!!! I love the pres I’m glad I sign up for this.

  • Reply Elke April 22, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Sweet! I woke up just after 5 am to get some sewing in before work. I managed to finish a posh toddler tutu just in time for my little ones first dance recital this evening. Yay for productivity! http://indiesprout.blogspot.com/2013/04/kcw-day-1-perfectly-posh-toddler-tutu.html

  • Reply Pam Paton April 23, 2013 at 4:09 am

    Yeh, finally got my KCW Day 1 “hangover” shots up on the blog. A productive day. Now on to day 2!! http://pippicreates.blogspot.com.au/

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