Hi again, Brienne here. How are you faring in this frigid cold? Are your holiday decorations stored? Have you swept up all of the pine needles and eased your children’s post-holiday illnesses? Well now that your home is in perfect, harmonious order; now that your sewing room has been professionally cleaned, the thread has been re-stocked and your fabric dream list has been ordered and processed, we can get down to business. Are you ready to make some art?
The title of this post, “KCW plans” does not have to mean: “KCW list.” I’m not a stellar list-maker… I’m not a great planner. I am conscientious and punctual but when it comes to to-do style planning, I don’t know where to begin or where to end. Two ways that I have found to get around this are 1. a three dimensional inspiration collection and 2. diving in.
First, the inspiration “collection.” Ideally, this could take the form of a board with fabric or knitted swatches, notions and other bits. Side note: have you heard of Felicia? She has a beautiful example of an inspiration board here.
I am a person who writes all over her wall in the sewing room and who
curses hums quietly while her kids pour a whole jar of seed beads onto the floor while she’s sewing. The best I can do is to pile up some fabric to look at while I think. That will work too.
To get to figuring out what my littles need from KCW, I needed to see what they had and what they were already wearing. I pulled some of the pieces that they wear most frequently in order to get a visual picture of who they are in their clothes.
1. Deer Mask (was a gift but here’s a link to something similar) 2.In Threes Cardigan 3.Upcylced Galaxy Flashback 4. Felt Pocket Necklace 5.Elf Hat 6. Goat Bimaa 7.Knit Skinnies
She lives in her bathing suit and tutu. She likes “warm sleevers,” pink and this humble little heart necklace that I made her last year. He is perpetually clad in a hat – sleeps in it, bathes in it, wears it all summer long. He likes to pull a hood up over the hat and wants to be warm. He’s craving some flashier duds. Both of them dig animal motifs or clothing that makes an interesting noise… I tied some bells onto their boots at Christmas and they’re still going strong:) From this three dimensional inspiration, I was able to better approach a more comprehensive list.
1. Bimaa 2. Flip Vest 3. Rae’s Button Placket Tutorial 4.Hosh Pants 5. Seraphic Pants (color blocking idea inspired by Noodlehead’s version) 6.Bandana Scarf Inspiration 7. Geranium 8. Flashback
The second way to plan that I have found works best for me is to – drumroll please…BEGIN. Yep, that’s it. I’m sorry, I wish that it were more poetic than that. But I find that so often I have excellent ideas in mind but out of fright or avoidance or some other phenomenon, the idea never comes to fruition. It’s the starting that’s the hard part. With that in mind, I’ve been testing out some ideas that I’ve had over the past couple of weeks.
1. Seraphic Pant 2. Dress Pattern by Me 3. Ethereal Dress
Finally, it seems that I have a bad habit of guessing at their sizing. I would not recommend this. And I vow to do it no more! I measured my daughter recently and she spans like four different sizes. Her chest, one size, her height another. So in the spirit of getting organized, here is something that you can download and print.
If you can bear my humble sketch, you can tack the thing up in your sewing space for quick access to their measurements.
Please share what you’re planning. I’d love to know what you have up your sleeves and how you go about preparing for this rodeo.
Thanks for having me, Meg!