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July 2016


Swim Party

Hi, I’m Amy, and I’m really excited to be a contributor for this season of Kids Clothes Week. I sometimes blog at x-ing made  but mostly I post to my Instagram feed while I’m sewing for my boys (4 & 1). I started participating in KCW when my oldest was a baby and admire all the others out there sewing for kids.

As a kid I loved watching old beach party movies with my sisters. I really loved all the dancing, and ALL the style. I’ve pulled together some inspiration for you. Hope it helps you start your own Swim Party Celebration.

My boys are super fare so they spend the summer in long sleeve sunsuits and giant hats. But I would love to make them some retro swim trunks when they get a little older. Here’s swim suit inspiration for you.


Etsy / Zonen09 / Running with Scissors / Etsy

And for girls… love the polka dots and gingham.


Etsy / me sew crazy / Etsy / Etsy

These aren’t very retro… but we need to snuggle up at the end of fun day swimming with some ice cream.


Mamer / Made Everyday / Terry Rich / The Blue Closet

Sewing swimwear is easier than you think. I’ve made a couple of suits and always surprised at how forgiving it is and how polished it looks when it’s done. Hope you give it a try.


Dressing for Celebration part 2: the boys

Hi, Nicoletta here, I am blogging over Stitch&Cappuccino and more often posting on Instagram. I have participated to Kids Clothes Week for few years, since my daughter was little and she is 4 now. Having three small kids (4 years, 2 years, and 8 months), it is hard to find time to sew lately, but KCW is always a big motivation to do it. Maybe I will not sew an item per day, but even if I arrive to finish something at the end of the week it will be a big achievement.

And now let’s talk about Celebration. When Julie proposed this theme, my mind associated it to dressing for occasion, probably because this July is for me and my family a month full of celebrations. We had weddings to attend, but moreover we baptized both our sons. So I will focus this post on how to dress boys for occasions. Dressing boys can be tricky, I wanted them to be stylish but comfortable at the same time, because I know how much they moves and don’t really care if they are dressed up or down. So I have collected few inspirations and I want to share with you.

For a toddler boy, my opinion is that a shirt and slim pants or shorts will work just fine. You can add later details as a bow or a vest.

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To achieve this look, my short list is Morocco pants and shorts by Petitapetitandfamily, Theo shirt by Zonen09, or Sketchbook shirt and shorts by Oliver+s for a total look.


1.Sketchbook shirt by probablyactually 2.Morocco pants by petitapetitandfamily 3. Sketchbook shorts by probablyactually 4. Theo shirt by sweetkm


For the baby boy, I think the choice for me it is pretty simple: the bodysuit from the Lullaby Layette set by Oliver+S is a perfect base to personalize with few details that will make the difference.


1.Lullaby Layette bodysuit by wikstenmade 2.Etsy 3.Macy’s 4.Lullaby Layette bodysuit by Oliver+s

I hope this can be inspiring for all your sewing. And remember to celebrate everyday of your life with your little ones!



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Celebrating Summer

Hi Everybody

This is Lindsy again from Stannel.  I hope to inspire you with another view on the topic.

  1.  Summer!!

Summer reminds me of holidays!  They are so much fun.  Kids playing water games with balloons, drinking their mocktail with melons or pineapples while lying on their beachtowels, kids running around in their bathingsuits after they jumped in the swimmingpool,…  Life should be like that every single day, don’t you agree?  That’s why I chose fruity colors like Marta’s beautiful neon dress.  Noortje Prullemie shows us how to hack the Tinny dress from Straightgrain.  Melon, pineapple and cactus prints are a hype in Belgium.  How about where you live?




Beautiful Neon dress by Marta Do Guincho

Tinny Dress with a twist from Noortje Prullemie


Pineappel T-shirt from Sisko by Mieke

Lotta skirt and Simple Dress by Myminniemie


Amy Mees will talk to you about cool bathing suits but I could’t resist this one!

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Cosi swimsuit by Van Jansen


2)  Our differences are what make us the same

Our children grow up in difficult times.  On the one side they have all the luxury they desire with television, cell phones, tablets,  electic and sophysticated toys,…  On the other side there is so much pain and grief in the world.  My heart goes out to all the people and children who are suffering in any way because of war or terrorism.  It is so important to teach our children not to hate, not to discriminate other people whatever skincolor or religion they have. Let’s unite!  This is what ‘Kids Clothes Week’ stands for! We are bringing people together with our passion…sewing!



1.The Hoppe Jumpsuit by Straightgrain and 128  2. Zonen09 ‘Wolf’ top and pants  by Toertjes en Pateekes


Why not use different cultures in our sewing projects.  Let’s also celebrate our differences.  An indian lining on a coral colored coat, some beautiful African fabric combined with a maxi skirt and a kimono cardigan are just one of the many cultural influences we can bring to our sewing projects!


  1. Maxi Dress from Mingo and Grace
  2. Jacky coat from byevamaria
  3. Kika Kimono from Mevrouw maakt


I hope I gave you some creative ideas on using patterns, fabrics and styles.  You are more than welcome to visit my blog and feel free to leave a comment!




Lindsy Van Espen