kcw guest post by tara from girl like the sea

kcw january 2014 trends: colors

Hi! Tara here again, popping over from Girl Like The Sea, to give a report on some color trends from this KCW. A few scans through the flickr pool and community photos brought things to the forefront for me, though are by no means the final word on what colors people are sewing with right now.


Since Sanae and Brienne seem to be having all the fun with adding those awesome pieces of artwork to their posts, I didn’t want to be left out. Unfortunately I’m not an artist like they are, so I had to default to stick figures. When I think of color, I think of coloring. And when I think of coloring, I think of my kids coloring. And when I think of my kids coloring together……

Kids Clothes Week Color Report

Color can be such an emotionally charged thing. It makes me wonder where our preferences for certain colors come from. Why a friend of mine who has a very similar personality as I do also favors mustard and teal. Why so many little girls naturally gravitate towards Barbie pink when there are at least other shades of pink to choose from, not to mention a whole other spectrum of color. If my 4 year old could choose all of her decor, I’m almost positive her room would look like a Disney princess had a shopping spree sponsored by the color purple.

Anyway, you didn’t come here for philosophical musings and questions about how the world is made.

Pastels on neutrals

Somewhat surprising for winter was the use of neutral white/off white backgrounds with pastel colors….liberal use of florals as well. A cheerful splash in the midst of the polar vortex in much of my neck of the woods!


sources: MADE, Made by Masha


Sources: A Happy Stitch, Stitched Together


Sources: The Inspired Wren, At Luce Ends


Source: Dandelions and Lace

Black and Navy

The biggest thing I saw? …….Black and navy! Can you believe it? I have a big appreciation for what often seems like the rare usage of neutrals in kids clothes. It makes sense, that people us more bright and fun fabrics. They’re more likely to please the kids enough to get them into our creations, and colors just tend to be more interesting when compared to neutrals. But neutrals can make design sing, and can give kids clothes something unexpected.

Maybe it’s the cold of the winter, or just me noticing it because it was my job to pay attention, but it really seemed like people were feeling the blacks and dark blues this KCW!


Sources: I’m Feelin Crafty, Our Family Four, Huisje Boompje Boefjes


 Sources: Cut Cut Sew, A happy Stitch


Source: Craftiness Is Not Optional


Sources: The Un Eventful Life, Lea And Lars


 Sources: Hamster And The Bee, Girl Like The Sea, Behind The Hedgerow


Source: Etcetera Or Whatever


Source: Skirt As Top


 Source: Cut Cut Sew


Sources: The Powell Family, Spiegel Stiksels, Adirondack Inspired

Splashes of Reds

And then there was this pop of red that kept jumping out at me. There were some dark reds being used, and also little bits of it accenting other colors. With Valentines Day just around the corner, it makes sense to be seeing quite a bit of red.


Source: Oliver’s Fancy


Source: Behind The Hedgerow


 Source: Buzzmills


Source: Buzzmills


Source: Falafel And The Bee

So……..What are your favorite colors? Do you tend to use different ones in different seasons? Do you have a strategy when making kids clothes on how to make them work well with other things in the wardrobe? I came to find that I was mixing too many loud printy things in. If I consider how a fabric will integrate before I buy/sew with it, I often make different decisions. But that’s just my strategy. My eye is sensitive to chaos, so seeing my kids in head to toe clashing prints and colors makes me crazy. Lol.

I’ll be back once more before in the KCW post-season, so see you then!

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  • Reply Brooke February 14, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    At first I was just making random pieces based on what I liked at the moment but I discovered that I was getting a lot of separate pieces that didn’t match with anything else in their wardrobe so now I try to make sure the colors of what I am making  coordinate with some clothes the boys already have. That way I can ensure they will get worn! 

  • Reply kristin February 14, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    I’m with Brooke up there – if I’m just making a dress for my daughter, I’ll go all crazy print.  Maybe with skirts too – but with layering shirts and leggings, it makes a lot more sense, wardrobe-wise, to stay a bit more neutral.  It’s a learning process!  Oh and thanks for including my baby leggings here, Tara!  🙂

  • Reply Sanae February 17, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Okay, I busted out laughing when I read about your drawing. Too funny, Tara! You are definitely an artist! Your color round-up is awesome too!

  • Reply melissa q. March 4, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Love this color round-up.  If I was going to assess the KCW situation I would just say ah….super hip.  What a collection of cool kids! 

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