Erin from Our Family Four for KCW

KCW Plans: Erin

 Hello there, it’s Erin.   I know it’s only been 2 days since we talked about the best details to add to your kids’ garments, but I think it’s time we chat again. 🙂

I am so ready for Kid’s Clothes Week!  Although, I guess I’m more ready in principle than I am tangibly.  But I ordered more printer ink and a new double needle last night, so I’m nearly there!

Yesterday it was 66 degrees here in London.  The sun was shining, the kids were barefoot at the playground (despite our best efforts) and I was dreaming of spring.  I was also dreaming of summer if I’m being honest, but luckily the clothes that I was dreaming of will work for both seasons.


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Nothing can get me into the mood to do some springtime sewing like some new spring patterns, am I right?  I adore these three above from this season’s KCW sponsor Cali Faye.  Loose, billowy, sweet, and they all look so darn comfortable!  Basically I want all of these items for myself!!  Now to decide between them. Repeat after me, Erin. Do not buy every beautiful pattern that reminds you of spring time. Do not buy every beautiful pattern that reminds you of spring time

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images via Amelie Clothing: left, center, right

I started off browsing Cali Faye and ended up getting sucked into Etsy in the end.  You all know how it is.  Etsy has been the wonderland of internet eye candy since before the days of Pinterest, and now is no exception.  I found these darling patterns straight from the Netherlands via Amelie Clothing.  A swingy little tunic dress, a modern shaped tank, a reversible spring coat…how to decide?  One of these will definitely be on my list, but I still have a few weeks to make my decision…

Now, it’s about time that I make a confession.  I do have plans for KCW: There is stack of patterns, a stack of potential fabric, and a few weeks to go back over them all.  BUT, on Thursday of this week I’m headed to the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, London.  (Come if you’re local!)  I’m not sure exactly what all it will entail, but there is one thing that I do know: It is a convention center with a lot of fabric, patterns, and notions.  All of that to say, there is a good chance that my KCW plans will be completely different by Thursday evening, because sometimes you buy a new pattern or fabric and it immediately moves to the top of the priority list.  Does that happen to anyone else?  Some things just cannot be ignored, and that might be the case.

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest (whew!) here are my priorities at the moment.

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image via Made By Rae

A spring Geranium.  It’s a staple that I know and love, which is evidenced by the fact that I made four for my daughter last summer.  Last year’s Geraniums are a little faded, a little snug, and we need a fresh version or two.  It’s such a versatile pattern that almost every time that I pull it out I end up cutting two different versions, and I don’t see any reason why this spring should be any different.  So we’ll say, one-two Geraniums.

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image via O+S

Leggings, specifically O+S Playtime Leggings.  I’ve made the tunic, now it’s time to make the other half of this pattern.  I already have a sweet floral knit cut out in my daughter’s size, so these just need to go into the machine.  I have never made leggings before, although they seem pretty basic, and I imagine that there will only be a few tweaks to get the fit just right for my girl.  But I need a few rounds of these to go underneath all of those flowy tops and tunics that I’m sewing her, right?

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image via Sewpony

A Debbie Dress.  I bought this dress pattern immediately when it came out because I was already in love with it from an example that I saw during Summer KCW.  Suz  had posted a version before it was officially a pattern and I was swooning in a major way!  I got on her blog and was like, “Where and how can I get this amazing pattern?!” and she was like “I’m working on the pattern right now, stop stalking me!”  (Not really, she was perfect and gracious, that’s just how it was in my head.)

I started a Debbie Dress last fall, tried to add sleeves, and it ended up ruining the look.  Shortly after my sewing instincts had failed me, I received a fresh copy of the pattern in my inbox which had been tweaked slightly in a few different places.  I’m excited to give it another try and promise to follow the instructions this time!  I already have the new version printed, cut, and waiting for the perfect fabric.


image via Very Shannon

The Sally Dress.  Can I make (yet another) confession?  This pattern was the one that pushed me over the edge to buy the Sew Fab Bundle last fall.  I was obsessing over this darling dress when the pattern tour was going on, but I kept telling myself not to bite because I already had several dress patterns.  But when I saw that I could have it along with all of those other fun patterns, I was sold.  I was saving the pattern for the perfect fabric, which I recently acquired, and now I just cannot wait to put this gorgeous dress together!!

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image via Small Fry

It would be difficult to image that the group of blog-reading sewers who are reading this right now have missed out on the Small Fry Skinny Jeans pattern tour that is going on.  If you have, you must see all of the inspiration here, and get yourself a copy of the pattern here!  So many gorgeous takes on a great staple.

At the beginning of the year I set a few sewing goals for myself, and sewing a pair of jeans was on the list.  Let’s be honest, my girl is going to need more than just a few pairs of leggings for when she’s scurrying around the playground, and these jeans seem just about right.  Also, since she wears a 2T for pants I have lucked into a FREE version of the pattern.  Do you have a 2T kiddo to sew for?  Then you can get a copy too, at this link.

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Around this time, some of you (one of you?) might be thinking to yourself, “I thought this contributor had a son too?  No sewing love for the boy?”

I do have a son, and I just made him this supercool Batman flip doll, BUT I rarely sew clothes for him.  He wears a school uniform five days a week, and on Saturday his loyalties lie with his comfiest pants and a select few U of L Cards t-shirts.  So that pretty much leaves me with one day to dress him up like the coolest little handsome dude that he is.  Since he is a five-year old, there is a pretty obvious way to his heart right now, the well-loved Lego.

I think I’ll be taking my own detail advice and doing some freezer paper stenciling for my son.  If I can pull off anything with that little yellow dude on it, my son will be wearing it all day and night.  Note to self: buy freezer paper and fabric paint.

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I’m hoping to have as productive of a KCW as I did last year, when I cranked out a ton of projects in a very short amount of time, and managed not to sacrifice my husband time** in the evening.  I wrote about my routine here, but I would love to hear yours!  How do you prioritize for the week?  How do you finish the job, alongside the “mom jobs,” and “house jobs,” and “job jobs”, and still stay sane?  Do tell!

**By “husband time” I don’t mean husband time, just plain old husband time.  Get your minds out of the gutter, it’s Monday morning for crying out loud! 🙂

Are you planning to sew any of these patterns?  Do you have a new spring pattern that you are dying to dig into?  I’d love to hear about them!

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  • Reply renee March 10, 2014 at 6:55 am

    My word you are going to be busy Erin 🙂 So much great inspiration here – I sewed the Voila blouse recently and it’s awesome, I think my daughter needs more than one of those so that’s on my list. Thanks for showing the Amelie patterns, I’ve never seen those – that jacket looks amazing, I may have to drop everything else on the list and sew that too… 

    • Reply erin March 10, 2014 at 9:06 am

      I know Renee, what have I gotten myself into? 🙂 But I tend to work best under pressure, so I’m hoping that will propel me forward. I’d love to compare notes if I make a move on the jacket. So sweet, right? I’d love to see your Voila blouse!

  • Reply Brooke March 10, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Husband time…. Bahahahaha. Ok moving on 😉 I am dying to try out the small fry skinny jeans. I have every intention of buying the pattern this week when I can get it on sale! Just trying to decide if I want both size ranges or not. 

    • Reply erin March 12, 2014 at 3:17 am

      Brooke, it’s on sale this week? Where? Yes, I’m trying to decide the same thing too, although I’m likely to just go for the larger since Hannah is in a 2T. Less of an obvious choice for you though, but a great pattern either way. Can’t wait to see your version!

  • Reply Shannon March 10, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks so much for mentioning my Sally Dress Pattern! I do hope you enjoy it! I cannot wait to see it sewn up!!!!

    • Reply erin March 12, 2014 at 3:18 am

      Shannon, yes I have 2 bodices cut to go with the same skirt! Agh, indecision! It just means that there will be 2 spring/summer Sallys, which I’m very happy about. 🙂

  • Reply Brienne March 10, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    ooh, husband time. great post! and i loved reading about your routine:) gotta make one of those billowy rompers. that looks so comfy. 

  • Reply erin March 12, 2014 at 3:22 am

    Thanks Brienne! I know, that romper is so sweet, right? I think the key to it not looking a little like a clown costume, which it could if it was too bright and bold, is a soft pattern, like the light floral in the picture. It’s perfect, right? Can’t wait to see what you’ll be up to!

  • Reply Jenn March 12, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Your dream list and plans look a lot like mine or items I’ve already made!  Very cute!

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