Jenn from A Jennuine Life on KCW

spring inspiration: patterns

I’m so excited for you to meet this season’s contributors. We’ve got an extra awesome bunch this time. They are bursting with creative energy! They are going to get you so excited for KCW you won’t be able to sit on the couch–you’re going to have to get up and sew! Our first contributor is Jen from A Jennuine Life. She is an amazing and prolific artist, with two darling daughters to sew for. And she’s got some super good pattern ideas for you today: 

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Greetings!  I’m Jenn from A Jennuine Life and I am so excited to get to share with all of you throughout this season of Kids Clothes Week!

Since a theme of Mini Me has been introduced this go-round, I thought it would be fun to try to find women’s patterns and corresponding children’s patterns to help you realize your Mom and child fashion statement.  I already have at least one of these women’s patterns, or store-bought items which will work in their place.

LouBee Patterns Bimaa Sweater and Sewaholic Renfrew

First up is one of my personal favorites having recently made two of these for my daughters- the Bimaa Sweater from LouBee Clothing.  This pattern is so versatile with cowl, shawl collar, or hoodie options and it works for both boys and girls.  A great Mom coordinate to the Bimaa is the Renfrew Top from Sewaholic Patterns.  Maybe make these in elbow length to “spring” them up a bit as a transitional garment.  Look how both patterns had animal prints in their listings – what a koinky-dink!

Mini Me Dolman Shirts


Then there’s a easy breezy dolman tee.  Abby at Sew Much Ado has been kind enough to provide both girls’ and adult patterns with the same silhouette in the Skipper Top for mini, and the Seafarer Top for me (or all of you)!  The Skipper Top is billed as a girls’ shirt, but I don’t know why it couldn’t work for boys just as easily.

Mini Me Cardigans


Spring where I live in Michigan still requires layering until oh… about June, so a great cardigan comes in really handy.  The kid’s Slouchy Cardigan from Heidi & Finn finds a great companion sized for Mom in the Julia Cardigan from Mouse House Creations.

Mini Me Dresses


I have two little girls, so I have to include a great dress pattern.  Having already made myself a Washi Dress from Made by Rae, it seems a logical choice to include the similar Geranium Dress, also from Made by Rae.

Mini Me Jeans Collage


We can’t forget the bottom half, so I included the Small Fry Skinny Jeans from Titchy Threads.  This is another versatile pattern with options for a half fly or a zip fly, two different pocket options, shorts or jean length and two waistband options.  I’ve heard great things about the Jamie Jeans from Named, and they look like they have a flattering line.

Mini Me Coats


And lastly, I thought a nice coat pattern that would work well for spring and I knew it had to be the Downton Duffle Coat from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop to go along with the Albion from Colette Patterns for Mom (or Dad!).  Maybe make this out of a bright twill or even water-resistant fabric to make it a great light raincoat.

So there’s my pattern inspiration for your mini and for yourself!  Time to start making plans!

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  • Reply Laura - Behind the Hedgerow March 5, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Great job finding such great patterns for littles and larges!  Very inspiring.  

    • Reply jenn March 5, 2014 at 8:40 am

      Love the term “littles and larges”!  I might have to incorporate that into my vernacular…

  • Reply Elisa from CharmingDoodle March 5, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I love all of these! I need to do some of these ‘me’ items. 🙂

    • Reply jenn March 5, 2014 at 8:41 am

      I predict a little Moms Clothes Week sewing beginning April 14!

  • Reply Brooke March 5, 2014 at 9:09 am

    You did a great job finding patterns! I especially love the Dolman tops and think I might have to do that with my boys!

    • Reply jenn March 13, 2014 at 8:24 am

      I like the idea of applying the mini me theme to boys, though it was a little more difficult to find unisex pattern inspirations.

  • Reply Hayley @ Welcome to the Mouse House March 5, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Thanks for featuring my cardigan!   I love all of the inspiration.

    • Reply jenn March 13, 2014 at 8:24 am

      No problemo!  I’ve heard great things about both patterns!

  • Reply Ajaire March 5, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Great picks Jenn!  I love the coordinated looks you brought together and it definitely has my mind popping for this KCW 🙂

    • Reply jenn March 13, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Oh, goodie!  That was my aim!

  • Reply renee March 5, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Lovely Jenn! Isn’t there a grown up person jeans series on Sew a Straight Line at the moment? There – all my excuses are used up, I’m going to have to try the big and little jeans 🙂

    • Reply jenn March 13, 2014 at 8:22 am

      I think you’re right – with Melly Sews.  I’ve been watching, but I’ll have to revisit making jeans for me at a later date

  • Reply Rae March 7, 2014 at 10:34 am

    this is really fun — I love seeing the big patterns paired with the littles!! Cool post! 🙂

    • Reply jenn March 13, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Thanks Rae!

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