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March 2019

pattern comparison, spring

leggings for baby boys

HI!

I’m so excited to share my first post with you all. My littlest guy, Dean, just turned 4 months old (how does that happen so quickly?) and I realized he was seriously lacking in the pants department.

I love leggings on boys, especially baby boys so I looked around to see what leggings were available from my favorite pattern shops.  I know there are tons of free and paid patterns for leggings.

I chose to sew up the Little Ninja Leggings from 5oo4 Patterns (free yay!) and the Agility Leggings from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop (aff link). These are a paid pattern but so so so many really cute options.

Agility Leggings are in Teal and Little Ninja Leggings are in Navy.

Dean is 4 months old and weighs 14 lbs. He is pretty average for a 4 month old with Chest 16.5 inches, waist 17 inches, and hip 17 inches. Based on the size chart that put him in 3-6 month Little Ninjas and 3 month Agility Leggings. I wanted to see if these leggings were cloth diaper friendly. And guess what? Both of them totally are! Bonus!  

I’m going to give each a score of Deanie Beans on a scale of 1-3.

3 Beans is the best.

Coverage and fit: Both had a good front and back rise giving total coverage to his cloth bum. The Ninjas had a bit more room in the back.

Cute factor: Duh. He makes everything cute.

 Options: The Agility Leggings has so many options for cute additions to a basic legging. I know I’ll be using some of those in the future.

Pattern ease:  Both patterns have easy to follow directions and layers.

Sew Speed: This is super important to me right now because I have a baby and a 3 year old. I need quick but cute sews. Both are really quick! And I just learned how to do the waist band by serging the elastic to the top and turning over then top stitching. So much LOVE for that!

So basically they are both awesome!

For free the Little Ninjas are great. For a paid pattern I would totally buy the Agility Leggings again. I love the versatility of them.  

I am stoked to get to make more for my growing guy. He will have a rainbow collection when I’m done. What are you favorite leggings or pants patterns for babies?

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waterfall raglan + #sewthatpatternnow

As my pattern stash grows, I tend to pull out my newer patterns first before thinking of what I have in my stash or purchasing new patterns before I think of how I can modify a pattern I already have on hand. These days I’ve been getting quite lazy when it comes to that, since I’m usually looking for something quick, with the least amount of fuss on my part, to get the finished product that I’m looking for. Or worse, I buy a pattern fully intending to sew it up right away, and it languishes and never gets sewn up.

And that’s how today’s post comes in…. At the beginning of the month, Emi, Olga and Mijke put out a call/sew-along on instagram for #sewthatpatternnow. Essentially, you just need to pick a pattern that’s been languishing in your stash, sew it up and share it if you’d like using the hashtag.

This pattern hasn’t been in my stash for too long (unlike others), but I figured it would be a good one to start with. For those wondering, this is the Waterfall Raglan from Chalk and Notch. I purchased this one a few months ago, and originally had some plans to make a Christmas outfit with it. But I figured this is also a great option for a daily top.

This one has been wearing a lot of super hero hand me downs lately from one of her brothers and I figured this would be a great top that would inject a bit of femininity back into her wardrobe. After all, she loves to twirl just as much as she loves Batman, I can barely get her to stand still!

I sewed up a size 3 for her. She’s very petite in her measurements but is tall enough for the 3. The style of top is meant to be a looser A line shirt, so I opted out of adjusting for her chest measurements since it wouldn’t be too noticeable and she would just have added twirl factor since it was looser.

For the fabric I used this green fern cotton lycra blend that I purchased from Thread Therapy Australia a few years ago. So now not only am I sewing my pattern stash but I’m also sewing my fabric stash 😉 I would say the fabric is more of a medium weight knit, so the shirt doesn’t drape as nicely as some of the ones I’ve seen, but she loves it regardless. Her favourite part is the bottom ruffle, she’s always holding it out when she’s walking around.

So now that I’ve been digging through my pattern stash, there’s a few more things I think I’d like to sew up in the near future, like a few dress patterns I haven’t touched in a while and definitely some of the patterns I’ve bought with the boys in mind!

This whole thing has also made me curious… Do you tend to purchase a lot of patterns and have them build up without sewing them or do you have a smaller pattern stash and tend to modify most of your patterns to get the look you want? Chime in in the comments!

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meet our contributors

I’m so excited to be introducing our team of contributors to you guys today! As you may have noticed, I put a call out for contributors a few weeks ago, and I was overwhelmed with the response that we received! Narrowing it down was so hard (seriously SO hard!), but I think we’ve nailed it with these gals!

Everyone here brings something a little different to the group. And I’m excited to see what we’ll all create together. Now let’s have them introduce themselves and join me in welcome these lovely ladies to the KCW team!!


I was a stay-at-home mum for a few years and had the time to teach myself how to make clothes for my daughters. The journey started when I could not find nice clothes for my daughter. Thus I started sewing clothes that have simple designs with quality fabric. Living in the tropics, I love making clothes with linen. There were so many beautiful patterns out there, especially those from the Japanese sewing books. I am constantly looking forward to learning new techniques. Even right now, with a full time job, sewing is so therapeutic for me. 

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Hello KCW fans, I’m Roxanne. I live in Massachusetts with my two school-age kids, husband, and two cats. I hate the cold wintery weather of my location, but I can not deny that it gives me an excuse to stay home and sew. At least some months out of the year! Besides sewing, I enjoy other crafty hobbies such as knitting, music, video games, and taking things apart.

As a kid I spent a crazy amount of time in a fabric store that was in the same shopping center as the business my parents owned. I credit a lot of my sewing ability to the employees of that store, the wealth of knowledge in libraries, and picking my mom’s brain for stuff her seamstress grandmother taught her.

I really enjoy coming with projects for my oldest since he has started to take more of an interest in fashion. I’m betting his sister won’t be too far behind. If I’m not sewing for the kids, I also do a lot of sewing for myself. I’m on Instagram as @roxthing.

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I’m tara – a Pacific Northwest native with a penchant for good food and drink, homebirthing and educating lots of crazy tiny people, and making unique things for those crazy tiny people to wear. Ive also been developing my love for drawing and painting for a few years. In the past I blogged often at girl like the sea, but alas, I fell prey to the speed of Instagram amid the chaos of raising four young kids. I’ve been a fan of kids clothes week ever since my 10 and 8 year olds were barely out of toddlerhood, and I can’t believe I’m actually part of the team all these years later!

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Terra can usually be found on instagram @mamasayssewblog. She is a stay-at-home mama to four wonderful children, three girls and one boy. When she’s not sewing, she also enjoys running, reading, and occasionally crocheting.

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Hi, I’m Daisy and I live in Belgium with my husband, son Jo (9y) and Femke (7y). I am 35 years old and I work part time as a carer.

I started sewing when Femke was almost 1 year old and I really love sewing dresses for her and other girly stuff. My boy loves cool clothes like sweaters with thumb holes. When I have not sewed anything for them for a while they will ask for something new. It’s so much fun that they like mommy made clothes.

I really enjoy the total sewing process. When I see a picture or a fabric I can get inspired to sew a new garment or outfit. I also love it when you can’t tell that it’s handmade. The final stiches Always are the best ones 😉.

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I am Jen Ballif from Gilbert, AZ.  I am a stay-at-home mother of 5.  I have four girls ages 18, 10, 6, 4 and one boy who is 8.    Sewing has been my creative outlet for nearly 8 years.  I started sewing when my son, baby number 3, was born and I decided it was time for me to become a stay-at-home mom. At the same time my husband was going to grad school full-time, so  with the drop in income I needed to make big adjustments to my clothes-buying hobby 🙂  I started teaching myself how to sew by following blog tutorials and using old clothes and fabric found at thrift stores.  I started with sewing clothes for my kids and eventually also started sewing for myself.  Now 8 years later I no longer sew just because I am trying to save money, especially since I have a small fabric addiction 😉  

I love seeing a design come to life and the excitement that comes with trying something on fresh off of the machine.  Sewing is empowering and just by me sewing for my children it is passing that empowerment onto them.  I love taking my kids shopping or looking online for inspiration pieces and then adjusting it to make it just how they want it.  Each piece I make for them they know it was made just for them with their body adjustments and it truly makes them feel special.  

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I’m Liesel (like the oldest girl in the Sound of Music). I’ve been sewing for over 20 years (gasp!). I’ve been married almost 13 years and have two sons who are my favorite little sewing models. My other hobbies include photography and filmmaking. My day job is teaching Ultrasound school but I really live to sew and snuggle this family.

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I live in Arkansas, USA with my 11-year-old son and our dog and cat. I have always loved creating and started my sewing business, Just a Boy’s Mom, in 2014.  I sew a little bit of everything from pet items to bags and wallets to clothing.  I’ll try anything and love learning new techniques. You’re never too old to learn more and you can never learn too much! Outside of sewing I virtual school my son and find other ways to create when I have a few moments of downtime which isn’t often 😊. I am honored to be a part of Kids Clothes Week.

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I’m Tami Peterson and I blog over at SewSophieLynn.  I learned to sew as a teenager in Home Ec but mainly kept to the basics of pillows, curtains, and the occasional Halloween costume.  When my first daughter was born I started sewing a few things for her here and there.  As I discovered the amazing world of PDF patterns my love for sewing grew.  I jumped into pattern testing and Kids Clothes Week was one of the first sewing challenges I embraced.  I looked forward to each season and would sew along, forgetting the laundry and dishes for a full week at my machines.  I’m thrilled to be joining the KCW team and can’t wait for what lies ahead.When I’m not sewing, I’m busy running my own taxi service for my five incredible kids ages 16-7.  Between soccer games and dance recitals, my nights and weekends are a blur but I’m trying to cherish every moment! 

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Hey! I’m Karly! I started my blog, Paisley Roots, in 2012 to participate more in the sewing world. I’ve grown from my awkward-no-idea-what-I’m-doing skills when making clothing, to earning a degree from Pattern Testing and YouTube and have just kept going from there! I first started participating in Kid’s Clothes Week in April 2014 and it’s been a favorite series in my household ever since. My kids are no longer little and we’ve entered the tween/teen stage for most of them but thankfully all of my kids still have a deep love and appreciation for my sewing. I’ll be focusing more on making clothes that fit the teen style and that awkward in-between stage from kid to adult along with how I work with my kids in the process to make clothing they absolutely love. I can’t wait to get started! 

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