kcw guest post by brienne from brienne moody

kcw plans: brienne

Hi again, Brienne here. How are you faring in this frigid cold? Are your holiday decorations stored? Have you swept up all of the pine needles and eased your children’s post-holiday illnesses? Well now that your home is in perfect, harmonious order; now that your sewing room has been professionally cleaned, the thread has been re-stocked and your fabric dream list has been ordered and processed, we can get down to business. Are you ready to make some art?

The title of this post, “KCW plans” does not have to mean:  “KCW list.” I’m not a stellar list-maker… I’m not a great planner. I am conscientious and punctual but when it comes to to-do style planning, I don’t know where to begin or where to end. Two ways that I have found to get around this are 1. a three dimensional inspiration collection and 2. diving in.

First, the inspiration “collection.”  Ideally, this could take the form of a board with fabric or knitted swatches, notions and other bits. Side note: have you heard of Felicia? She has a beautiful example of an inspiration board here.

I am a person who writes all over her wall in the sewing room and who curses hums quietly while her kids pour a whole jar of seed beads onto the floor while she’s sewing. The best I can do is to pile up some fabric to look at while I think. That will work too.

To get to figuring out what my littles need from KCW, I needed to see what they had and what they were already wearing. I pulled some of the pieces that they wear most frequently in order to get a visual picture of who they are in their clothes. Their Jam.001

1. Deer Mask (was a gift but here’s a link to something similar) 2.In Threes Cardigan 3.Upcylced Galaxy Flashback 4. Felt Pocket Necklace 5.Elf Hat 6. Goat Bimaa 7.Knit Skinnies

She lives in her bathing suit and tutu. She likes “warm sleevers,” pink and this humble little heart necklace that I made her last year. He is perpetually clad in a hat – sleeps in it, bathes in it, wears it all summer long. He likes to pull a hood up over the hat and wants to be warm. He’s craving some flashier duds. Both of them dig animal motifs or clothing that makes an interesting noise… I tied some bells onto their boots at Christmas and they’re still going strong:) From this three dimensional inspiration, I was able to better approach a more comprehensive list.

 KCW Plans 2

1. Bimaa 2. Flip Vest 3. Rae’s Button Placket Tutorial 4.Hosh Pants 5. Seraphic Pants (color blocking idea inspired by Noodlehead’s version) 6.Bandana Scarf Inspiration 7. Geranium 8. Flashback

The second way to plan that I have found works best for me is to – drumroll please…BEGIN. Yep, that’s it. I’m sorry, I wish that it were more poetic than that. But I find that so often I have excellent ideas in mind but out of fright or avoidance or some other phenomenon, the idea never comes to fruition. It’s the starting that’s the hard part. With that in mind, I’ve been testing out some ideas that I’ve had over the past couple of weeks.

Works in Progress.001

1. Seraphic Pant 2. Dress Pattern by Me 3. Ethereal Dress

Finally, it seems that I have a bad habit of guessing at their sizing. I would not recommend this. And I vow to do it no more! I measured my daughter recently and she spans like four different sizes. Her chest, one size, her height another. So in the spirit of getting organized, here is something that you can download and print.


If you can bear my humble sketch, you can tack the thing up in your sewing space for quick access to their measurements.

Please share what you’re planning. I’d love to know what you have up your sleeves and how you go about preparing for this rodeo.

Thanks for having me, Meg!

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  • Reply Shelly January 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I love their style!!!  I love that you take from how they dress and equate it into personality.  I love that you give them freedom to choose!  I’m loving this!  lol

    • Reply brienne moody January 9, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      Thank you Shelly, those patterns are fabulous! The sewing is so much more fun as a collaboration. And I get more time to sew when they’re excited about it and involved. Plus, they have good ideas. Goat Bimaa – totally my son’s idea. 

  • Reply Elle @ www.sewprettywitty.blogspot.com January 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    It’ great that you take in mind your kids personal style and favourites, not only following your ideas.  it is unbelievable that you could sew so many things in a week’s time. I would be happy if I manage so sew one garment in a week.

    • Reply brienne moody January 8, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      Hi Elle, on no! I won’t be able to sew all of these things. It’s just a wish list. But hopefully I’ll get to some of them! And next KCW, I’ll go for the rest:) Thanks for your comment!

  • Reply sou enim January 9, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Hi Brienne,
    I enjoyed this your post very much, especially the sketch with your sewing plans. You are so talented! From this post I can´t wait to check out your blog!
    I agree that the most important thing is to begin. To begin is easier when you´ve made some written down plans. I´m still in the progress to plan in my head – and I don´t know where to begin. 🙂
    Hopefully I will come up with something more concrete the next days that I will be able to begin and really finish something beautiful for at least one of my daughters in kc week.

    • Reply brienne moody January 9, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Hi Sou! Boy, your blog is a feast for the eyes! Such beautiful photographs. You know, I’ve been looking for a good hat tutorial. I love to knit but sometimes want something quick. I’m definitely going to try the tutorial on you blog!

      And yes, it isn’t until beginning that I finally can get a feel for what I’m up to. I realized, for example,  that I have all kinds of plans for black and white things but that I am almost out of both colors.  I wouldn’t have had a handle on that if I hadn’t gotten started:)

      Looking forward to seeing what you’re up to for this KCW. 

  • Reply kristin January 10, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Ohhhh smart way to tackle it, pulling what they actually wear!  Love that you mix in your knits with sewns, too.  And I totally need to remeasure my kids.  I know they’ve grown because their old stuff doesn’t fit, but I think I need to trace all new sizes of my basic go-to patterns now! 

  • Reply Felicia January 10, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Ohhh….you are clever! And you have such wonderful style as do your smalls. The pulling together their favourites is such a great way of doing it. I love the Nani Iro blouse. Love it!! I’m off to print out the pdf. 


    • Reply brienne moody January 12, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      Hi Felicia! You are good to me. That Nani Iro never fails, does it? I was scared of that print because it’s so bright but we love it! Each one is better than the next it seems. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with:)

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