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September 2015

DISGUISE: disguised details

DISGUISE: disguised details

Hi, Jess here from Willow & Stitch.  Today I’m hoping to give you some ideas on how you can use this season’s theme – ‘Disguise’ – while thinking outside the (costume) box. When I think of ‘Disguise’ the most obvious ideas that occur to me are costumes or dress ups, and while October is a great time to indulge in some halloween sewing, perhaps you’d rather spend your precious sewing hours on something a little less ‘niche’? Here are some ways that you can get involved with the theme and sew things that both you and your kids will love all year round.

1. Disguise clothes that you love as clothes that your kids will love. While I love that my children take an interest in my sewing, I can’t honestly say that we often agree on what fabrics or styles make for beautiful clothes.  And while I want them to love the clothes that I’m sewing, I also want to be able to take pleasure from them.  I don’t, for example, want to spend several precious evenings sewing something from some hideous neon pink glittery unicorn fabric or a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles print.  Keep everyone happy by hiding some fun fabric inside garments or using it for small accents.  Line a pocket with a superhero print, bind an armhole with bright bias tape, add some colourful piping or novelty buttons. Fun Details

1. Five and Ten Designs Volume 1  2. Five and Ten Designs Volume 1  3. Sunday Brunch Jacket (Oliver & S)

2. Disguise your pockets.

Pockets always score huge bonus points with my children, even more so if they are surprising in some way.  I love these pockets disguised as animals: Fun pockets

1. Cat Pocket Skirt (Ottobre) 2. Shark Pocket (source) 3. Tiger Pocket (Friends Stitched Together)

Secret pockets are also a sure way to win your little one’s heart.  You can hide them so that they are almost invisible or disguise them as something else completely: Think pockets disguised as clouds or hearts, pockets slipped in between colour blocks, tucked into darts or hidden in seams or linings. Disguised Pockets

1. Pink Cloud Pocket Top (Swallow’s Return) 2. Ziggy Top (Madeit Patterns) 3. Cousu Trousers & Gouchos (Sew Straight & Gather) 4. School Dress (Oliver & S)

  3. Two outfits disguised as one. Sewing clothes which are reversible is an excellent way to keep everyone happy. Not only does the fact that it’s reversible delight the kiddies, there is also the added bonus that you can make one side sophistocated and one side fun. Of course you may have to accept that they will never get worn with the classy side out, but still… Really this has to be the ultimate disguise – you can change a look entirely by just turning it inside out.  Perfect for a quick getaway. Also very hand for disguising food stains from lunch (or the fact that you didn’t get around to do the laundry…) and a guarenteed hit with your little one. Reversible clothes

1 & 2. Aztec Hooded Vest (See Kate Sew) 3. Reversible Wrap Top (Craftiness is not optional)

4.  Clothes which are disguised as something else.

The element of surprise never fails to delight children.  You could sew shorts disguised as a skirt (culottes)  or how about this amazing playmat disguised as a coat?! Deceptive clothes

1. Secret Playmat Coat (See Kate Sew) 2. Lunch Box culottes (Oliver & S)

I hope I’ve managed to provide you with some inspiration for your sewing, it’s been a pleasure being here and I can’t wait to see what you all come up with for Kids Clothes Week!

DISGUISE: hiding in plain sight

DISGUISE: hiding in plain sight

This season of Kid’s Clothes Week is all about DISGUISE, and there is no one better at disguises than the chameleon. The chameleon camouflages himself to match his surrounding, becoming nearly invisible in the landscape.


floral tank and pants by Glitter + Wit

You too can be a master of disguise by taking inspiration from the landscape around you.

Nature provides us with the ultimate inspiration…bright colours, deep greens, and bright whites. Different seasons will provide varying backdrops for you to disappear into.


1. Rio Dress by Peekaboo Pattern Shop 2. Pensacola Top by Three Penguins 3. Take One Dress by Kid Approved 4. Kitty muff by Helmojajaheheneita 

The urban landscape can also provide excellent opportunities for disguise.

kcwurbancolours1. Dear Prudence dress by Sew Pony 2. denim hoodie by Vera Luna 3. subtraction dress by Needle and Ted 4. Lazy Days Lounge Pants by Gracious Threads 

 Where are you going to hide?

DISGUISE: costumes to wear everyday

DISGUISE: costumes to wear everyday

Hi there, it’s Lindsay, posting today about making costume-inspired pieces for your kiddos that are practical enough for everyday wear. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve totally been that mom at the grocery store who is pushing the kid in the Batman mask or completely obnoxious adorable princess ensemble. I’m all for agreeing to those wardrobe requests once in a while, but sometimes you need your kids to look a little bit more presentable. To be capable of, you know, buckling their seatbelt or seeing more than three feet in front of their face. I’ve got some ideas on how to make them feel as though they’re in disguise and you, like a master of compromise.

First are some costume-like patterns and tutorials that are still super wearable.


1. Knight hoodie 2. Chic Cocktail Swing Coat 3. Petal Dress 4. Mermaid skirt

The next four patterns are fantastic as is, but could also be easily modified or embellished. Tara’s pinafore could be inspiration for any winged creature. Ridiculously adorable and cozy, this Fur Hood is perfect for any wild thing. The Onstage Tutu would be super sweet and isn’t too poofy to wear to school. These dungarees have been on my “to sew” list for a while. They could certainly outfit a little farmer, train conductor, or a hipster Taylor Swift.

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1. Little Bee Pinafore 2. Fur Hood 3. OnStage Tutu 4. Charles Dungarees

We’ve talked about some costume inspired pieces that work for everyday. If you’re planning to use this Kids Clothes Week to make an actual Halloween costume, lets consider some disguises that can flex back into wearable pieces.

There are several pictures of me in my youth, rocking a pretty rad perm and wearing a “sweatsuit costume.” Basically, my mother bought a sweatsuit at the store and hot glued embellishments onto it. Black sweatsuit plus ears and a pinned on tail… Black cat! Gold hoodie with coordinating yarn glued on…Cowardly Lion! You get the idea. Now my first instinct is to tease my mom relentlessly about these creations, but it’s kind of a great concept (though she does deserve some grief about my hideous hair).

Here are a few examples that put that cat sweatsuit I wore for three consecutive years to shame.

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1. Rainbow Dash 2. Rocket Man 3. Raven 4. Totoro

Knowing how to sew, means we aren’t limited to what we can find in a store. There are some amazing patterns out there for kid staples. Stacey mentioned several of them in her pattern post last week. If you make the costume additions removable, you’re left with some great handmade basics to see your kids through the colder months!

I hope these ideas have helped you get your wheels turning. Can’t wait to see what you guys make this season!