Renee from Nearest the Pin on KCW

spring inspiration: fabric

Our contributor for today is an Australian blogger,  Renee from Nearest the Pin. I only just discovered Renee and her blog last KCW.  She has a boy and a girl to sew for and also sews lovely clothes for herself. Renee took up sewing rather recently, but she has an eye for good fabrics!  That’s what she’s got for you today: gorgeous fabrics for all you kids no matter what hemisphere you live in 🙂 

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Hi everyone – I’m Renee and I blog from the south east corner of Australia at nearest the pin. Kids Clothes Week was one of the main drivers for me starting to blog. Only 12 months ago, I plucked up my courage to sign up to KCW and post my creations on the site – I was nervous…… but of course I soon found that the nervousness was not warranted and that the sewing community must be the most encouraging and supportive bunch out there. The early engagement that I found through Kids Clothes Week really sparked my interest in blogging and hence why I’m so thrilled to be here as a contributor for the spring season!

Of course, it’s autumn for all of us here in the southern hemisphere……. but I didn’t see that as too much of a barrier to picking fabrics for inspiration. We are are all needing some layers to peel off through the day, some pops of colour, texture and some warmth in the early morning and in the evening. I’ve used a mix of mid-weight fabrics: brushed cotton, knits, linen weight denim and fleece that will transition and layer well.

Fabric inspiration: girls

Spring Fabrics Girl

top row: Nani Iro brushed cotton, Spoonflower knit, Monaluna knit

bottom row: Spoonflower knit, yarn dyed essex linen denim, chambray cotton linen blend

The floral inspiration comes from the Mini Me theme of this Kids Clothes Week. I’ve been a bit obsessed with florals in my own wardrobe in the last few months see here and here but for the transitional seasons we’re using brushed cotton and knits instead of rayon and voile. This will be a great way to use florals but add some warmth. In the southern hemisphere the florals help us to hold on to summer just a bit longer and up north I’m sure you’re all bursting to add some spring florals to help get into the mood.

Fabric inspiration: boys

Spring Fabrics Boy

top row: Spoonflower knit, lightweight denim, Spoonflower knit

bottom row: sweatshirt knit, Spoonflower linen, jersey knit

I always find boys harder in terms of finding an interesting palette. I browsed a few kids boutiques and found some great inspiration. My son is nearly 6 so we are past the cute phase and he definitely knows what he likes. Adding a splash of red, some racing cars and a touch of military are all things that will help keep him happy. I also wanted to add waffle knit but I couldn’t find any online anywhere – I think this would be a perfect addition to this fabric inspiration as it’s light and breathable yet still snuggly.

I hope you’ve found some inspiration here – or are you going for something completely different? I’d love to hear what fabrics are inspiring you.

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  • Reply Tal March 6, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    This round up is great – especially the fabric for boys. I agree they are harder to choose for.

  • Reply Mae March 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Always fun to meet new bloggers. Spoonflower is too expensive for me, it’s a shame because their prints are beautiful.

    • Reply Renee //nearestthepin March 6, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      Yes I understand Mae – maybe this post should have been titled ‘What I would buy with an unlimited fabric budget’!

  • Reply Jenya March 6, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Nice prints Renee! Yes bright colours and florals certainly help survive the winter! I have some beautiful vintage brushed cotton I am going to cut into this Autumn, and more of my grandma’s vintage corduroy 🙂

    • Reply renee March 6, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      That sounds so lovely Jenya – how lucky you are to have a stash of vintage lovelies 🙂

  • Reply jenn March 6, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    I spy a favorite of mine in the bunch yarn dyed essex – and I have plans for it this season!

  • Reply Shell @ Sew n Sow March 8, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Oooh, I love some of your “boy” fabrics for my girls – the pops of colour & geometrics/stripes with grey are gorg!

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