Hello makers of beautiful kids clothes! Are you prepared to feel enabled? We are opening up the ability to add patterns on the KCW community site to everyone in the community! There are just too many good patterns for a small group of editors to get them all in, and we think that linking patterns up to projects is one of the most fun parts of the community site. So let’s do it.
- To add a pattern, you first need to have a pattern maker. Go to EXPLORE > PATTERN MAKER to search for your maker. If she’s not there, add her using the short form. (Logos are optional.)
- Then it’s time to add your pattern. Get there via ADD PATTERN on the nav bar. Your will need some basic information about the pattern, like sizes, name, and a general description.
- You will also want to have images. An important note about pattern images: you should only upload images you have permission to post to the site. A pattern images could be the pattern maker’s images used with permission, or they could be a versions you or someone else made of the pattern. If the pattern maker already has images on the KCW site, you can add more pattern images from that maker.
- Books: There are a lot of good patterns in books, but we don’t have the kinks 100% ironed out there. One day you can add those too, but hold off for now 🙂
Last week Abby from While She Naps asked if she could interview us for her podcast. Even though we were a bit nervous at first, we still said yes. It was lovely to be able to talk about KCW’s history. It’s quite long actually and makes for a good story (I hope!). Abby also asked us to think of a few things–anything!- that we like. Some we shared help us with official KCW business, others are just for fun.
Head on over to Abby’s blog to listen to the podcast. What is your KCW history? Been with us for the beginning? Is it your first time? Or have you always been a watch from the sidelines kinda person? Now that you get to hear a bit about us, tell us a bit about you! 🙂
In our minds, Kids Clothes Week is as much about the process as the final product. We want the KCW Community site to be a place to show off finished projects and also to organize your thoughts about sewing for your kids. To better support this process-style thinking, we’ve added To-Make lists to the KCW site!
What does this mean? It means you can add a project to the KCW site before you have done a thing – when it’s just a fabric twinkle in your eye. You can check off steps in the process as you move through your week of making (Have you traced your pattern? Have you cut your fabric?), and when you’ve checked them all off, you can share your project with us all. These lists are for your eyes only, but when you’re all done you can click a button to move all your information to a public project.
We love the tiny satisfaction that comes with checking an item off a list, and we hope you’ll love this feature!
I want to make some pants for my baby nephew. I go to the “ADD” menu and select “add TO-MAKE LIST”, then I fill out the simple form. (Note: Only a project name and pattern/self-drafted are required to start.)
Then, I’m taken to my To-Make list where I can add progress or fabric pile photos. This is also where I can check off items as I go.
When my project is complete, I click “I’m Done!”, and I’m prompted to turn my list into a project.
All my project data is brought over to my new project, and it is shared in the Projects pool.
You can find all your in-progress lists on your Dashboard. Scroll down!