WILD THINGS from the arctic // kid's clothes week

WILD THINGS from the arctic

Hello everyone!

I’m Diana from Miss Castelinhos and I’m really excited to be here! This season’s theme is WILD THINGS… How fun is that?… And on this first post, I’m going to try inspire you on how to put together a cool outfit for your little wild thing… See what I did there?… Today we’re looking at, as you might have guessed from the title, WILD THINGS from the Arctic.

Polar Bear

The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is a carnivorous bear… Wait, this isn’t National Geographic!… So let’s talk color, texture, fabric and pattern.

The different shades of blue and the textures (the ripple effect, the snow, the fur) in this picture were so appealing to me, that I wanted to play around with the idea of a one color outfit.

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1. Polar bear; 2. Outfit from IKKS AW14; 3. Outfit from D&G SS14; 4. Outfit from Popupshop AW13

All these outfits were chosen based on their structure and texture, and, of course, I couldn’t resist that adorable Polar Bear Sweater… It wouldn’t be a WILD THINGS post without some cute animal clothes!

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1. Bookworm button-up by Blank Slate Patterns; 2. Alder skirt by Imagine Gnats; 3. Mulberry Tunic by Willow & Co; 4. Twisted trousers by Titchy Threads; 5. Reversible zippy hoodie by Kitschy Coo; 6. Mini Hudson pant by True Bias

These wonderful patterns, put together with the fabrics below, will turn any kid into the coolest cub around!

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1. Metallic navy brocade; 2. Indigo denim from Robert Kaufman; 3. Chambray union stretch in indigo from Robert Kaufman; 4. Ponte knit bay blue from Team Spirit; 5. Clip dot boy from Michael Miller; 6. Polar bear from Mint Peony Designs

Emperor Penguin

Now, I know what you’re thinking… but the penguins are from the south pole… well done, you know more about penguins than I do, and if you didn’t know this little fact, you’re welcome!

But these birds are the perfect inspiration for a black and white outfit with a pop of color!

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1. Emperor penguins; 2. Outfit from Émile et Ida; 3. Dress from Bob and Blossom; 4. Sweater from Mini Rodini SS14; 5. Outfit from Ona Saez Kids SS12

That bow tie pulls the whole outfit together and it’s so easy to make one! Just check out the patterns that follow.

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1. Basic blazer by Blank Slate Patterns; 2. Bow tie by Delia Creates; 3. Anywhere dress by Andrea Pannell for Go To Patterns; 4. Rowan tee by Titchy Threads; 5. Clover shorts by Mouse House Creations for Willow & Co;6. Recess raglan by See Kate Sew

The herringbone penguin print is just perfect for the Rowan tee. And who doesn’t love a striped dress? I  know I do!

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1. Double cloth cotton from Robert Kaufman ; 2. Jersey knit from Riley Blake; 3. Huddle of penguins from Andrea Lauren; 4. Herringbone penguin from Scrummy; 5. Cotton solid from Robert Kaufman; 6. Antarctica from Paper Plane

Snowy Owl

The most inspiring thing to me about the owl is it’s shape. It almost looks like it’s wearing a cape, to protect itself from the harsh cold weather. And those spotty feathers are absolutely beautiful!

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1. Snowy owl;2. Poncho by Unicef for all children for H&M; 3. Outfit from Soft Gallery AW11; 4. One-piece from Petit Couture

I love capes, so my mind went straight to the Elm Poncho Raincoat, which is great… I know, I’ve made two!… And since it’s Spring here at Kid’s Clothes Week, why not start thinking about some fun swimsuits.

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1. The Elm Poncho Raincoat by Petit a Petit + Family; 2.; Baby sunsuit by Made by Rae; 3. Side button sweater by Alexia Sotelo for The Sewing Rabbit; 4. Reversible bucket hat by Oliver + S; 5. Coco Cay colorblock tankini by Peekaboo Pattern Shop;

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1. Comute by limo jersey; 2. Embossed Ponte de Roma knit; 3. Amalfi swim from Liberty London; 4. Poly lycra jersey knit; 5. Owls mustard; 6. Laminate owl fabric from Robert Kaufman

Thank you so much for joining me today. Hope you feel inspired!



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  • Reply Marta March 17, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Super inspirational Diana!
    Such a fun post to read. Loved it!

    • Reply Diana March 17, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      Thank you Marta! I’m glad you liked it! 😀

  • Reply Cate March 17, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    A really fun post to read. Helped expand my thinking about the theme – thank you!

    • Reply Diana March 18, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Thank you Cate! So happy it helped you!

  • Reply Rita @ ConversasdeHermanas March 18, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Great source for inspiration! I will have to start thinking about whay I will sew… 🙂 Great post!

    • Reply Diana March 18, 2015 at 7:25 am

      Thank you Rita!  I’m happy you felt inspired!

  • Reply Fiona March 18, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Great ideas! This has been really helpful to figure out to use the theme without being too costumey. Thanks!

    • Reply Diana March 18, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Thank you so much Fiona! It’s true, if you go all out, it can get a bit costumey.

  • Reply Ana Sofia March 18, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Thank you for the inspiration Diana! 
    It’s a great idea to also add colors and textures to my sewing plan, and not restrict my inspiration to animal characters 🙂

  • Reply Diana March 18, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Thank you Ana! I didn’t want it to be to literal, so textures, shapes and colours seemed like a fresh take on the subject. Glad you liked it!

  • Reply Lisa at Mabey She Made It March 19, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Ooh, the penguin! I love the bow ties and pops of color!

    • Reply Diana March 19, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks Lisa! That’s my favourite too!

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