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kcw: why I sew

why i sew: jess from gracious threads

I’ve been asked many times why I spend so much time and effort sewing my children’s clothing. Many people assume it is to save money; sadly my addiction to beautiful fabrics means I probably spend more on fabric, patterns, and machines than I would buying inexpensive mass produced clothing. I wanted to share with you today my motivation. I sew for…

…clothes that last

Kids should be free to play, explore, and make messes, and I want their clothes to be able to keep up with them. Double stitched hems, durable linings, and high quality supplies are all the ways that I make clothes last, even to be passed on to siblings and cousins.

collage durable


1. Ottobre Jacket, Gracious Threads Everest Pants 2. B*Inspired Scarlett Dress 3. Ottobre Jacket, Gracious Threads Petra Tee, Mem Rose Skirt

…clothes that fit

My first real attempts at pattern manipulation and drafting were inspired by my beautiful oldest daughter. She is very petite (does not take after her mother!), and ready to wear clothes hang terribly, if they even stay up at all! It gives me so much joy to see her wearing age appropriate, well fitting clothes, even if she doesn’t wear a typical size for her age.

 PicMonkey Collage

1. Ottobre vest, Jalie top, Love Notions Maxine Pants 2. Gracious Threads Star Anise Dress 3. Ottobre Tee

…a sane mama

Ok, so that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but I really do feel that sewing has help me keep a healthy balance in life. I am blessed to take a few years away from teaching (except of the occasional substitute teaching) to stay home with my children. While parenting has its own challenges, I enjoy learning new skills and stretching my brain. In the past few years, my sewing has brought me to learn about textiles, pattern drafting, photography, blogging, and running a small business. And it all began with needle and thread!

collage challenge


1. Sisboom Ethan and Charming Doodle Kudzu Cargoes 2. Sisboom Tobago 3. Gracious Threads Rainbow Tee  

It has been such an honour to be part of another season of Kid’s Clothes Week. I loved seeing all your creations and can’t wait to do it again soon!

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?

oct 2015: kcw colors inspiration

kcw oct 2015: color inspiration

Hi all! This is Jess [from gracious threads] here, sharing with you today some colour inspiration for your fall Kid’s Clothes Week sewing! {And yes, that is the correct spelling for colour, north of the 49th parallel anyways!}

Every season the Pantone Color Institute makes a prediction about which colours will be popular in the upcoming months. I’ve taken a few of the colours they chose for fall 2015, and created two colour palettes.

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These outfits use some, or all, of the colours above:


1. suit and shorts from Milk Magazine 2. top and leggings by Persnickety 3. dress by Muku 

The next colour palette repeats the gray, but creates a whole different look with the blue and yellow.

colour swatch-01

I especially love this colour combination on boys, but it can work equally well for the girl in your life!


1. Sweater and cords from Milk Magazine 2. baby outfit from Kalinka Kid 3. Tee and jeans from Persnickety 

Finally, the Kid’s Clothes Week palette is just so perfect for fall that I found some inspirational outfits in these colours too:

colour swatch-03


1. coat and scarf from Vivi & Oli 2. bright summer outfits by Elias & Grace 3. orange and black striped tee from Zulily 

So which of these colours jump out at you? Any you plan to use in your KCW sewing?