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kcw january 2014 trends: patterns

2014-kcw-winter-patternsHello, hello! Sanae here, back with some hardcore analysis of winter kcw 2014 (kidding, of course). Today, I’m featuring some popular patterns that popped up frequently in the project pool. There are some serious goodies. I spent some quality time going through all the images and I’m simply blown away. The variety, quality and squeal-worthy awesomeness of the projects are inspiring to say the least. And is it just me, or has everyone become a professional photographer? It felt like I was looking through a bonafide kids fashion catalog.

First up: far and away the pattern I saw on constant repeat was the Bimaa sweater by LouBeeClothing. Both the cowl and hoodie versions were incredibly popular. Check out these fun ones:

2014-kcw-winter-patterns-bimaa1. holli c | 2. craftiness is not optional | 3. handmade therapy | 4. iseamstressed | 5. girl like the sea | 6. bhal | 7. olivers fancy | 8. lizzieville | 9. mustard

There are quite a few others, and it’s worth going through the pool! Tara’s daughter’s expression in the middle there — oh, it kills me, it’s so adorable.


Another much loved pattern is Rae’s Geranium. There’s a top as well as a dress variation, and it is especially heart-achingly sweet seeing the littlest, itty bitty ones rocking this stylish outfit. Gah, I love Kids Clothes Week!

Here is an assortment of Geraniums that caught my eye:


1. leanuh | 2. dandelions and lace | 3. lilt and jig | 4. anw5db | 5. deanna| 6. anw5db | 7. i married superman | 8. dccdmom | 9. mellybean


I felt like I got a little carried away with all the girl clothes up there, so I scoured the pool for boy-specific looks. No surprise that tees and pants were the go-to patterns. Specifically, raglan tees were all over the place; the Field Trip Raglan by Oliver + S (now available as a separate PDF!) and Recess Raglan by SeeKateSew seemed to top the charts. As for pants, there were so many patterns used, but the ones that stood out for me were the Zonen Jacob and Relaxed fit pants from Ottobre magazine. I’m digging the vibrant fabrics going on and here are a few of my faves:


1. laura of behind the hedgerow | 2. gail of probably actually | 3. orsoka | 4. jane of buzzmills | 5. orsoka | 6. heidi polcyn | 7. curl up | 8. skirtastop | 9. laura of behind the hedgerow


Marvelous, right? Hop on over to see the project pool here and you’ll find yourself itching to get back to the sewing machine!



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kcw plans: sanae

Hello! Sanae again, and today I’m here to talk about my winter sewing plans for KCW and the timing is perfect. I’ve been doing a lot of planning in general these last few days, and though I don’t always follow my plans, assembling ideas is one of my favorite things to do. Last week I covered some colors I’d love to incorporate in my winter sewing, and in the same way, I want to keep things simple and limit the number of items to make. In the past, I tended to get a little too gung ho and overwhelmed my little girl with photoshoot demands. We all know how that ends.


I’ve been sketching some ideas (I guess birds aren’t very winter-esque, but they’re kind of cute, no?). If you’ve ever taken a gander at my blog, you’ll see that I sew almost exclusively from Japanese sewing books and have quite the collection. I’m smitten with the styling and photography of these books, and the clothes and patterns are fantastic. For Christmas, I got several more Japanese sewing books, and I’m so eager to try some new patterns. I want to sew from these two in particular:


Left // Right

From the first book, I’m thinking of trying out this knit cardigan (love the oversized collar):


Plus this knit top with the asymmetrical collar. Maybe in heather grey or dusty pink?


And this jacket. The recommended fabric is fleece, but I’m thinking of using a mint green wool:


I like that this book has a lot of designs I’ve never seen before though not all are appealing to me (for example, one blouse has weird chest pocket flaps), and unlike most Japanese sewing books that go up to 120cm (approximately size 6) or 130cm (approximately size 8), this one includes 9 designs with sizes up to 160cm, and 21 patterns up to size 140cm. My daughter is squarely in the 130cm range, so I’m starting to run out of patterns that I can use without modifications/grading up.

And from the other book, I really want to make the mini dress version with the french sleeves:


Stripes would be adorable of course, but maybe a polka dot fabric? What’s great about this second book is that there are patterns for women as well, and there are some flirty tops and dresses I’d like to sew up for myself.

If I have time, I’d also love to try making my daughter a pair of jeans and a skirt. More long-sleeved tees and another pair of pajamas would be welcome, but stop me! I’m starting to veer out of control…

What about you? What are your winter sewing plans? Are you a plan-follower? Or do you like to diverge like I do?

Happy weekend, everyone!




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winter inspiration: colors

Happy New Year, KCW readers! I hope you’ve had an auspicious beginning already and are getting geared up for the first ever KCW Winter! I’m Sanae, and I blather on about sewing and making stuff in general at my namesake blog here (I often wish I’d had the forethought to come up with a more memorable and sassy blog name, but hindsight is 20/20 and all that…). Kids Clothes Week is one of my favoritest events, and I’m thrilled to be guest posting here over the next few weeks and can’t wait to see what everyone stitches up.

My topic today is Color Inspiration. It’s a big topic and I was initially stymied on how to approach this. I am…how shall I put this? A neutral girl. If it falls into the greige category, I’m all over it. If it makes most people yawn, it makes me drool. My dream home would be all white with pops of grey and off-white. However, if you were to see my sewing projects (and my real-life home), there is a good amount of the rainbow represented, especially for the outfits I make for my little girl, so obviously I love me some color too.

2014 kcw winter color inspiration

I decided to try something a little different and focus on the colors I’d like to feature for my winter sewing and throw in some illustrations and inspiration links for good measure. Out of the millions of colors I could choose, I’ve selected 1) minty 2) orchid and 3) grey.

2014 kcw winter color inspiration


There’s this color range I can’t get enough of — somewhere between aqua and mint green, the hue of ice floes and succulents and glass softened and rounded from the to and fro of waves. It’s a cool wintry color, though it can easily shift into the freshness of spring. It signals cleanliness and crispness to me, and a sense of renewal. I also happen to have almost three yards of this color in a nice thin wool that I got on mega-sale, so I’m determined to use it up this winter. I scoured my Pinterest boards and found some lovely images depicting this color like this cool chevron floor, this sofa, this gorgeous bag, this cute pillow, and this stylish mug. (The pot of succulents I just painted from imagination)

2014 kcw winter color inspiration


You’ve heard about the new 2014 Pantone color of the year, right? Radiant Orchid. I discovered this while watching an episode of Project Runway All Stars in which the designers had to incorporate this feminine purplish-pink into their garments, just last week. It shouts girly, but I think it could be sophisticated too, depending on the cut of the garment. I like a more pink and less purple or magenta orchid myself, and I’ve been wanting to sew outfits with this gentle floral hue for my daughter K. Nothing frilly, mind, but something sweet with maybe a touch of edge (leather details? a touch of black?). I’ve always liked pinks and purples, but K went through a vehement anti-pink phase for a while there, and wouldn’t touch anything that even hinted at the color. But she’s coming around lately, and I’m looking forward to re-introducing pinks and purples and a mixture of the two during the coldest of seasons. Eye candy that inspired some of the illustrations above are this city, this tea canister, this shoe, these macarons.

2014 kcw winter color inspiration


I love grey so much that I should have named my daughter this color. My closet is fifty shades of grey (nothing even remotely risque, however) and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve added some grey detail here or there to a perfectly colorful garment I’ve made for K, just because I felt it was necessary. It’s very appropriate that I live in Seattle where the weather is what some might call depressing 9 months out of the year. I love it. Therefore, there is no season that I wouldn’t sew this color, and there will be a ton of grey clothes this winter, mark my words. I loved the grey(s) in this quilt, this ornament, this knitting project, and this house.

So these three colors will be my main palette for KCW winter. What about you? What are the colors that you’re naturally drawn to? Do you plan your sewing around colors or a certain color combination? And where do you find your color inspiration? I tend to notice furniture, ceramics, nature and paper goods, packaging and of course clothes and accessories. But really, color inspiration is everywhere.