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kcw plans: sanae

Hello! Sanae again, and today I’m here to talk about my winter sewing plans for KCW and the timing is perfect. I’ve been doing a lot of planning in general these last few days, and though I don’t always follow my plans, assembling ideas is one of my favorite things to do. Last week I covered some colors I’d love to incorporate in my winter sewing, and in the same way, I want to keep things simple and limit the number of items to make. In the past, I tended to get a little too gung ho and overwhelmed my little girl with photoshoot demands. We all know how that ends.


I’ve been sketching some ideas (I guess birds aren’t very winter-esque, but they’re kind of cute, no?). If you’ve ever taken a gander at my blog, you’ll see that I sew almost exclusively from Japanese sewing books and have quite the collection. I’m smitten with the styling and photography of these books, and the clothes and patterns are fantastic. For Christmas, I got several more Japanese sewing books, and I’m so eager to try some new patterns. I want to sew from these two in particular:


Left // Right

From the first book, I’m thinking of trying out this knit cardigan (love the oversized collar):


Plus this knit top with the asymmetrical collar. Maybe in heather grey or dusty pink?


And this jacket. The recommended fabric is fleece, but I’m thinking of using a mint green wool:


I like that this book has a lot of designs I’ve never seen before though not all are appealing to me (for example, one blouse has weird chest pocket flaps), and unlike most Japanese sewing books that go up to 120cm (approximately size 6) or 130cm (approximately size 8), this one includes 9 designs with sizes up to 160cm, and 21 patterns up to size 140cm. My daughter is squarely in the 130cm range, so I’m starting to run out of patterns that I can use without modifications/grading up.

And from the other book, I really want to make the mini dress version with the french sleeves:


Stripes would be adorable of course, but maybe a polka dot fabric? What’s great about this second book is that there are patterns for women as well, and there are some flirty tops and dresses I’d like to sew up for myself.

If I have time, I’d also love to try making my daughter a pair of jeans and a skirt. More long-sleeved tees and another pair of pajamas would be welcome, but stop me! I’m starting to veer out of control…

What about you? What are your winter sewing plans? Are you a plan-follower? Or do you like to diverge like I do?

Happy weekend, everyone!




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  • Reply Lucinda January 10, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I’ve had that first Japanese book on my Pinterest wish list for awhile. For some reason, my husband has been slow on the uptake! (pattern books not being his idea of “fun” gift, I suppose). LOVE that asymmetrical blouse – my vote is the dusty rose. As for the French striped top – it’s everything I love! Does that mean I’m adding another book to my already too-long list?:) Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply kristin January 10, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Oooh I’m excited to see all of this!  I’ve made that french sleeve one piece dress a couple times for Em and I love how it looked on her as a toddler!  For K, though, you might want to consider flaring out the sides a bit.  It might be a little straight on an older kid.  😉

  • Reply laura fisher January 13, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Oh, it’s so easy to get out of control.  I’ve been listing as well (listing = a verb; to make lists 🙂 ) – I just can’t seem to stop.  And then I think of those photoshoots…that week isn’t going to be pretty!  I love all your plans and particularly like the mother/daughter matching dresses on the cover of the right book.  Matching outfits for you and K?!  Would you dare?! x

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