Erin from Our Family Four for KCW

kcw trends: patterns

There were so many incredible projects in the Kids Clothes Week project pool this year!!  It appears that everyone was eager to dive into their spring sewing, regardless of what the spring weather looked like for each of us.  Here are a few patterns that kept making the rounds this season.

The Geranium.  So classic, so many options, just do it.  Everyone else is and they won’t even mind if you’re late to the party.


(clockwise) graypiped, cars, navy,

The Skater.  It’s a comfy, awesome, staple.  Easy, fun, and you can peplum that baby out if you’d like even more options.


Blue, Feather, Pink

Small Fry Skinny Jeans.  It appears that several of us came off of that SFSJ pattern tour inspired to try this pattern out for ourselves, and it showed in the project pool.


Here, star, teal

It wouldn’t be a kids spring sewing session without a few jackets, and the options that were linked up are all drool worthy.


StarboardStudy Hall JacketSecret Agent TrenchJacki Dress

The Sally Dress.  Spring is here and your little lady needs some huge pockets to stash flowers, rocks, candy, toys, and other outdoor treasures.  There is no dress that can hold so much loot and look so cute at the same time.

kcw pattern trends: april 2014

Red, Navy, Pink

Shorts.  True, summer is just around the corner, but for some of us, the spring weather has been calling for shorts.  Luckily there are shorts options like crazy in the project pool.

kcw pattern trends: april 2014

Kid ShortsPrefontaine ShortsBubble Pocket ShortsCoastal Cargos

There were collections of patterns from several lovely designers, like See Kate Sew‘s items below.

kcw pattern trends: april 2014

Aztec Hooded VestPippaRecess Raglan

The Flashback Skinny Tee.  Again, another pattern with options for customization as far as the eye can see.  Make it cool for your little dude, girly for your little lady, or something in between.

kcw pattern trends: april 2014

(clockwise) Triangle, Scalloped SequinsBlue FloralNinja Turtle,

Another love I have for the project pool is clicking around at designs that are new and fresh.  We’ll just go ahead and call them future front runners.  This was the first season I had seen any of these patterns and I love them all.

kcw pattern trends: april 2014

(clockwise) Paris skirt, Shearwater Caftan, Owl Princess TopGirls Style Book Dress

You just can’t beat when a beautiful bundle has just been released the week before KCW?  Am I right Perfect Pattern Parcel?  It appears that many of us were sewing our way through these a few weeks back, and though the bundle has expired, as all good things do, each of the patterns are still available from their individual designer.

kcw pattern trends: april 2014

(clockwise) Celestial Tee, Hanami Dress, Hosh PantsSeptember Tunic

 Speaking of designers, it doesn’t seem like a bad idea to do some pattern testing for new patterns during KCW, as several of us did with the darling Matinee Dress.

kcw pattern trends: april 2014

(clockwise) AhoyBlue, Gray, Yellow

Some of us were sewing the scrumptious new Shandiin Top and Tunic (available soon from Lou Bee Clothing).

kcw pattern trends: april 2014

(clockwise) Summer, Yellow, Gingham, Floral

Others were busy pattern testing for Willow & Co‘s new line.  This full line, plus others, is now available for the rest of us as well! 🙂

kcw pattern trends: april 2014

(clockwise) Aster CardiganPersimmon Sundress, Kudzu CargosClover Shorts

My other weakness during KCW is discovering gorgeous gems of clothing that have been self drafted by the sewer!!  Ahh, I have such envy for ladies who can think something up, sketch it (maybe?), and then sew up a beautiful masterpiece.  So much inspiration!

kcw pattern trends: april 2014

(clockwise) Easter DressMatilde Dress, Denim Skirt, Color Block Cardi, Linen Cargos

What about you, what patterns stood out to you this season?  Did you jump over and purchase any new ones after seeing a beautiful example in the project pool?  I did!!

But the real question is, which patterns have you been sewing since KCW ended and you got the feeling back into your fingers?  Or are you holding out for summer KCW?

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  • Reply sophie April 29, 2014 at 6:39 am

    so many amazing projects! inspiration inspiration!! it is fabulous to see how talent is spread all over the world!

  • Reply Jo (Dotta.) April 29, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Wow! Thank you for featuring my Matilde dress. I’ve been sewing a lot this month (and I love how my Spring Showers Jacket by Elegance&Elephants turned out). Can’t wait for KCW Summer edition!

  • Reply Deb Cameron April 29, 2014 at 9:31 am

    It’s so exciting when you see items you’ve lovingly made featured, along with all the other beautiful clothes other talented sewists have made! I have been sewing winter goodies in preparation for our Australian winte

  • Reply Sara April 29, 2014 at 11:02 am

    You mentioned the Paris Skirt…I made a couple of those and the tutorial is free! I decided to add pockets and wrote a tutorial for adding pockets to this skirt or anything like it. Since we love pockets, I also drafted a free printable pocket pattern in 3 sizes if anyone is interested!

  • Reply Meagan April 30, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks for featuring my scalloped sequin flashback skinny tee! I really enjoyed reading this recap! 🙂

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