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April 2019

pattern releases

monthly pattern releases: april 2019

This month we’re starting a new feature that hopefully will turn out to be a great resource for everyone. I know I definitely find it difficult keeping track of pattern releases or even new designers that have popped up on the scene. So we’re creating this monthly feature where you’ll be able to find all the info!


The Farmer’s Market Collection is a collaboration between 8 designers for Project Run and Play that includes 10 patterns to create a capsule wardrobe. In no particular order there’s

Frocks and Frolics has just released their New Baby Collection. As part of the collection they released a the Dungies which combines a romper and pinafore pattern into one. And there’s also the Lollipop Baby Romper, a great basic raglan sleeved romper pattern. The patterns come with instructional videos that are great for beginner sewers. English and German instructions are included and sizes are from newborn to size 3. And it also looks like there’s more that will be released in the future to add to the collection!

Individual Patterns

Simple Life Pattern Company has released a bunch of new patterns this month, including some great beach options!! From left to right, there’s the Baby Marina Criss Cross Tankini and One Piece that goes up to 24m. The Elise One Shoulder Swimsuit that comes in both baby and child options and Baby Cordelia’s Swimsuit Coverup that goes up to 24m. Becca also let me know that all her swimsuit patterns are on sale until April 30th.

Simple Life Pattern Company also released Shelby’s Strappy Back Pocket Top and Dress, a knit dress that offers a fun scooped back with multiple different strap options (i.e. criss cross, single or double)

Made for Mermaids released the Jordan Top and Dress. A great basic patterns that comes with mutliple options, like sleeveless to long sleeves, hood, split hem and more. Also comes with a dress option.

Oliver + S released the Double Dutch Jacket and Skirt. A colour blocked jacket with a dropped shoulder and a flared hem knit skirt. These two would also make great beginner patterns.

Lowland Kids is another designer that’s been super busy this month! They released 5 patterns! From left to right, there’s the Track Shorts that has a really cute binding hem detail. The Shortie Tank Romper, a sleeveless romper that has an elasticized waist. The Racerback PJ Top which pairs well with their PJ bottom pattern, but could just as well be a great tank basic for the summer. The Ruffle Shorties are a knit short pattern with a cute leg cuff ruffle. And finally the Basic Tee, which let’s be honest, is a great staple for just about any project!

Brindille and Twig released two patterns this month, the Lounge Sweatshirt a slouchy sweater pattern with two sleeve options and the Rad Coveralls, a utility coverall pattern with a front zip opening and pocket options.

Puperita also released two patterns, the Ahoy Romper (unlined) and the Ahoy Romper (lined) patterns. Both patterns come in a short and a skirt options and both feature unique finishing touches.

Patterns for Pirates has released the Sporty Piko-Youth top, it’s a dropped sweater pattern that covers a variety of looks from sporty to trendy, with the option for a colour blocked back, a hood, a drawstring waist and much more.

Sofilantjes released the Advena Top, Tunic and Dress pattern is both baby and child sizes. It has a wide neckline and side panels perfect for colour blocking. You can also sew up two different skirt options or just sew it as a tee.

Vintage Little Lady released Bristol, an adorable woven dress pattern that features a slew of options, shoulder or back ties, dress and top length, pockets and much more. The pattern is available for girls, tweens, dolls or bundled for girls+dolls and girls+tweens.

Phew!!! That’s a lot of patterns! Are there any that you’re excited to sew up first? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to know what caught your eye.

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And if you’re a pattern designer that we haven’t reached out to, please feel free to shoot us an email at so we can discuss adding your to our list! Or if you’ve noticed we’ve missed some releases, let us know in the comments!


tutorial: make your own harem romper

I really love the look of harem rompers, and I was hoping to find a free pattern for the style I wanted. When I didn’t find that, I decided to combine a couple of patterns, one that I already had, and one that was free, and voila! I had what I needed. And my daughter has a new romper.

girl in a romper in front of a tiled wall

I used two patterns to make this romper. I started with the Glass Onion Top pattern, which I already owned, but really any fitted bodice would work. Then for the pants, I used the free harem pants pattern found here.

First I cut out the bodice and bodice lining pieces. I lengthened the bodice and used the front bodice to create a back bodice piece also.

Mashing two patterns together is easier when you have gathered pieces, because those leave room for error. Notice in the picture of the two pattern pieces above that the pattern for the skirt of the top and the harem pants are not the same width. Since the pants are going to be gathered to fit the bodice, I just kept them the original width. I did add a few inches in length and made the crotch higher.

And there you have it. A harem romper using a free pattern, and if you sew for your kids, you probably already have a bodice pattern you can use to make the whole thing free. I would recommend making a muslin before you cut into any expensive fabric, to make sure the fit is the way you want it first. Happy sewing!

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kcw challenge: spring 2019 dates

We’re long overdue for a seasonal challenge! And although the site isn’t yet back up and running like it normally would… we figured we still needed to make it happen! With the seasons turning from cooler to warmer temps (or vice versa depending on which side of the equator you’re on) it’s a perfect time to assess what pieces you’ll need to sew up for your kids for the upcoming season. Sew up a little something fun that you’ve been meaning to but haven’t felt like you’ve had the energy for. Or bust through your stash and finally use up that pattern or that fabric you’ve held on to for far longer then you’d like to admit.

This season we’ll be keeping it simple. All you need to do to participate is tag your makes on social media with #kidsclothesweek so we can see what we’re all up to and encourage each other to sew on!

We’ll also be doing our usual daily posts throughout the week, and sharing what we’re up to as well!

And if you want to share that you’ll be joining in on the fun with us too… you can save either one of these images and share them on your feeds! That way, we can all cheer one another on.

Who else is excited for a fresh season of KCW!?! What will your plans be?

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