southern hemisphere poster by Brainstorm

kcw in the southern hemisphere

A few people contacted me and asked it I could make a KCW button for the southern hemisphere folks. Everyone in the southern hemisphere, of course, is sewing for the opposite season. It makes sewing spring clothes when we keep talking about fall feel a little odd. So I made a button and left off the bit about fall:


kcw: october 21-27, 2013   kcw: october 21-27, 2013


You guys in the southern hemisphere are amazing sewers who make beautiful children’s clothes and I don’t want you to feel left out! I’m trying to think up ways to solve this problem, but I’m coming up short. I don’t think changing the name would help. I can’t call it fall/spring KCW because that’s confusing. I can’t call it third quarter KCW because that seems a bit lifeless. And I can’t have two separate KCWs: northern hemisphere fall 2013 KCW and southern hemisphere spring 2013 KCW, because, wow, that is way too complicated.

What would you do? Are there ways of making KCW more hemisphere-neutral? Would you like a “I’m sewing in the southern hemisphere” button on your KCW profile page? Should we just go by the month and year (october, 2013) and call it a day?


image credit: this lovely poster of the southern hemisphere star chart by Brainstorm 


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  • Reply Laura - Behind the Hedgerow September 19, 2013 at 11:10 am

    It could just be ‘Seasonal KCW’. I know this sounds vague but since the dates would be listed as well then it would become clear which exact season it’s for.

  • Reply Ashley September 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I don’t think the season really has to be on the button. The point is to sew for your kids–what kind of clothes are sewn is not as important, in my opinion. Plus, I’ve sewn a season ahead sometimes bc my location has crazy sudden weather changes. I don’t think it’s as big deal as it seems. 🙂

  • Reply Amy Seven-Stitches September 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I agree with Ashley. The season doesn’t have to be on there. If you need something to distinguis each week from the others, how about the month? Thank-you for thinking about us in the southern hemisphere.

  • Reply Laura September 19, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I’m not in the Southern hemisphere but in England we say Autumn instead of Fall, so I’m in favour of using month instead of season as well.

  • Reply Toni-Maree September 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I don’t really mind if you are talking about fall, but a button we can grab that doesnt have the season is nice 🙂 So thank you for making it for us!

  • Reply Jenya September 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I don’t get hung up on the name. It is just Kids Clothes Week for me. I will be sewing spring/summer outfits for my daughter and enjoy it knowing I am sewing at the same time (or maybe a day ahead hahaha) with a lot of like minded people 🙂 It’s not about the name, it’s about the spirit 🙂 How amazing is it to be a part of such awesome community!

  • Reply Renee September 19, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    How about having a hemisphere selection on the sewer profile page? Or the other idea I had was to have a small comment section in the sewer profile relating to sewing goals for this particular KCW e.g. ‘I’m aiming to sew shorts and tees for the upcoming Australian summer’, or whatever your goal might be.

    • Reply Meg September 20, 2013 at 9:43 am

      these are both super fantastic suggestions! thanks, renee!

  • Reply abby @ thingsforboys September 19, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I think having the month is a good solution. As others have said, we can sew clothes to suit our needs. I like the idea of being able to select your hemisphere on the profile page and also the ‘I’m sewing in the Southern Hemisphere’ button. I wouldn’t worry too much though Meg, all us folk down here are quite used to going with the flow.

    • Reply Meg September 20, 2013 at 9:44 am

      I know, but I I don’t want to leave a whole half of the world out! 🙂

  • Reply dotted September 19, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    And what about equinox or solstice?. We will be in the second equinox, now in September and the second solstice will be in December. These words to me represent a season and you don’t need to put fall or spring. What do you think?

  • Reply Fiona September 25, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I think just having the month/dates is a great idea. We are moving to the tropics soon and there are only 2 seasons….wet and dry. I think the clothes will be the same year round 😉

  • Reply Jenya September 30, 2013 at 6:57 am

    oh, how do I add one of these to my blog?

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