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New Beginnings!

Hi! It’s Soumya from A Little Paper Boat again and I am back with more ‘inspiration’. I am really excited about today’s post because it’s something we can all connect to – it’s the joy of a new beginning.

If there is one thing that almost always calls for a celebration, it’s a new beginning. Whether it’s the birth of a new baby, the first day of school for our kids, a job change for us…a new beginning always exciting. It gives us an opportunity to have a fresh start  at doing something, being something. It holds promise and hope. And if it’s a new baby, you get lots of giggles and tickles and snuggles too. Always wonderful to look forward to 🙂

Right now, it’s the baby I am looking forward to – not mine, but a dear friend’s! Coincidentally the baby’s due at right about the same time as KCW. I couldn’t be happier! Now I have every excuse (and will get some much needed discipline) to sew up some of the cutest outfits for the little one! Maybe like these?


1.Baby Tea Party 2. Pinafore Top + Bloomers 3. Coming Home Outfit 4. Baby Kimono

Now if only my sewing could keep up with these utterly adorable babies…


5. Baby Boy Onesie 6. Lila Dress 7.Lila Jumpsuit 8. Lullaby Layette

 What do you think? Would you like to make any of these for a special itty-bitty person in your life? No little cherubs to sew for? That’s alright! The big ‘babies’ are a lot of fun to sew for too 😀 After all, this is a really exciting (sometimes anxious) time for them – it’s the start of a brand new school year! Or maybe it’s their first introduction to school ever? Whatever it is, there is nothing to make our sewing feel more useful than sewing up some clothes that they are guaranteed to wear ( did I hear anyone sigh?!)


1.Radical Raglan Hoodie + Small Fry Skinny Jeans 2. Greenpoint Cardigan 3. Clean Slate Pants 4. Music Box Jumper

collage45.  Top Knot Dress 6. Mamie Dress 7. Bateau Neck Dress 8. Tee + Culottes

What’s your idea of a new beginning? Does it tie in well with the KCW theme this season?

Do let us know, for we love to hear from you on what inspires you to sew.

Enjoy your KCW!


Celebrating the Spirit

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Hi! I am Soumya from A Little Paper Boat. And I am so delighted to be a part of KCW this season! Most of you may not know me at all for I am relatively new to the blogging/sewing world. I was introduced to KCW last October and have been hooked ever since!

There is a good reason to stay hooked to KCW. The kind of warmth and camaraderie  it brings about in the online sewing community is unmatched. And to think that most of us are complete strangers to each other! Yet we all come together for one week every season, to celebrate our common love – sewing.

So KCW to me has always been and will be about celebration.

But what could we be celebrating this summer? Let’s see!

Free Spirit: If kids could be compared to a season, I think it would be summer. Their souls are light as a cool summer breeze, their imagination – vivid and wide like the endless blue sky. Their spirit – free as a kite flying into that enormous sky.
They are the most spirited beings ever! Bright, happy, beautiful…full of sunshine and hope.
Joie de vivre? That’s them. So why not make them some clothes that celebrate this ebullient little spirit of theirs? Clothes that are light, comfortable, breezy…clothes that let them move, let them be.

 1.Tea Party Dress 2. Cool Dude Board Shorts 3. Swingset Tunic + Class Picnic Shorts

fs5             4.Fisherboy Shorts 5. Unknown Pattern 6. Lunchbox Tee + Noa Pants

PicMonkey Collage

              7. Ruffled Skirt 8. Jumpsuit 9. Blue Ridge Dress

I love how these clothes are all so simple and quick to make! And most likely, these will be the ones our kids will seek out to wear over and over again. A win – win for us 🙂

Celebrating Individuality: As a sewing mom my biggest moment of celebration is when I see my daughter truly adore a garment I made. It’s when she picks a ‘mom-made’ outfit over a store bought one. What could be a better compliment than that?!


1.Jumper Dress 2. Airplane Banner Shirt 3. Retro Tank

Luckily, I know the secret to it 🙂 Include some snuggly animals, bright colors and happy prints – there! I have nailed it! But that’s my daughter. Yours could be different! Maybe yours is not crazy about prints at all? Yours could be more of a delicate ballerina? Or..erm..a scary monster? Maybe she wants to be a rainbow?


4. Pinafore Dress 5. Monster Scribble Shirt 6. Roller Skate Dress

Thankfully, sewing gives us the creative freedom to celebrate these unique little personalities and their interesting choices.
Whatever/whoever they want to be, we can let them be.


7. Mock Smock Frock 8. Fabric Painted Tee 9. Summer Top with Embroidery

And that indeed is enough reason to celebrate this season.

What’s yours gonna be?