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inspiration: color {kcw fall 2014}

inspiration: fall colors

Hi everyone, Maartje here from huisje boompje boefjes. I’ve got the honour to kick off this KCW fall season with some color inspiration. For me, fall is the best season, I love going out into the woods, rolling through the fallen leaves with my rascals, hiking across the moors or just walking along the coastline and enjoy some hot cocoa and pancakes afterwards. The colors in nature are just gorgeous and looking at the fashion collections for fall 2014, a lot of those colors reappear. So what can we expect this fall?

Blue & Grey
First up is a color scheme I feel totally at ease with. I love greys and blues and use them in a lot of my projects. Colors you can wear all year round and can be easily combined with a contrasting colour to make the outfit pop. Match them with purple or the classic fall colors this season and you’re on trend.

color blue/grey


Keeping to the theme of this KCW season, I matched the colour schemes with some book illustrations to get the creativity flowing. 

blue/grey illustrations

1 Bringing down the moon by Jonathan Emmett, illustrations Vanessa Cabban, source
2 Mathilda by Roald Dahl, illustrations Quentin Blake, source
3 De vraag van de olifant (sorry only in Dutch) by Leen van den Berg, illustrations Kaatje Vermeire, source


Next up, the purples. I must admit this is not my favourite color for clothes, but it’s growing on me, and I’m even considering sewing up something purple for my boys. Time to get out of my comfort zone of the blue and grey scale.



Now take a look at these purple book illustrations. Maybe I should make them Willy Wonka jackets?

purple illustration1 Harold and the purple crayon by Crockett Johnson, source
2 A bit lost by Chris Haughton source
3 Charlie and the chocolate factory by Roald Dahl, illustrations Quentin Blake, source


Classic fall colors
And last, but definitely not least, fall fashion is not complete without the classic fall colors, the yellow, green, cognac and red.

fall colors

There are a lot of book illustrations out there containing these colors. The woods are, after all, the setting for many fairy tales and stories.

fall color illustrations

1 Can’t you sleep little bear by Martin Waddell, illustrations Barbara Firth, source
2 Le petit prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, source
3 Little red riding hood  by Charles Perrault, illustrations Walter Crane, source

For more inspiration, check out the colors pinterest board I made for this KCW.
Can’t wait to see what your KCW color plans are!

summer trends for kids on KCW

inspiration : summer trends

Hey guys! I’m Julie from Our Chez Nous, and I’m here today to talk to you guys about, you guessed it, trends! I love trends, for me, they’re not something to go off specifically and follow, but more something to be inspired by and create from. They can give you that kick in the butt that you’ve been looking for to create something you’ve been envisioning for ages, or inspire you in a direction completely different from what you’ve been thinking about originally.

Trends are constantly changing and have an evolution of their own. But if you start paying close attention (which as sewers, I think we generally do), they have a continuous cycle, slightly changing with the current times. This summers trends are no different, they give a nod to past styles and trends, yet are ‘modernized’ or ‘revitalized’ thanks to new details or execution. For this post, I’m going to discuss a couple of the trends that I think are going to be big for the summer.




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Whimsical to me isn’t just a sense of the romantic for the girl. It’s something about the entire outfit, a feeling you get, either by use of colour play or fabric. That doesn’t mean it’s not romantic, but for boys, I find the whimsical tends to be sometimes even a bit kooky, but in a good way.  This would be fun to play around with, using a variety of colours, and learning to use new types of fabric as well for your kiddo sewing.


Be Bold


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Take a step on your wild side, and go bold! I love this one, since there are so many options and possibilities, not only to play with colour, but also with your own skills with combinations. You can either do a little, or a lot. Try mixing in one bold colour you wouldn’t normally use in a neutral outfit. Colour blocking is still going strong this year, so think of different ways to play it up as well. Have you also found a crazy print that you never in your mind thought of using?! Well don’t shy away from it! Make an outfit based on that one print, or use it in small doses. Going bold doesn’t mean you have to go crazy, but it does bring a bit of drama to your sewing. This is one of the things I love to do the most in my own sewing, and watch out, if you start, you may never go back.


Classics Gone Modern



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This trend is one I think is really continuous as tastes changes. It’s really basic, using classic lines, but giving them a new life, or twist. Either by use of colour or even switching it up a bit by using asymmetrical lines. Also, think about those classic looks, but slim them down . Especially for boys, this gives classic look a more tailored appeal.


Boy Scouts



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I find this one to be for the active kids, in other words, pretty much every kid. I dub it the Boy Scouts. This is for the everyday child, who runs, climbs and more or less doesn’t really care what he looks like as long as he’s comfy, with of course, the fashion factor. Giving those comfy clothes a look all to their own. Just because your child wants comfort, doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice fashion. A great way to play this up would be by using knit fabrics for shorts and skinny tees with graphic but minimal prints.


Retro Mod



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I have to admit, I absolutely love retro looks and past eras, and this one hits a soft spot. I find that we embrace more and more of past looks into modern day fashion. Think Peter Pan collars! Two great ways to embrace past looks are by using retro inspired patterns with fresh bold colours, or vice versa, using modern and clean lined patterns with retro inspired fabrics.


So there you have it, a quick glimpse into my watch list of trends for the summer. I hope you’ve found some inspiration. I know I have, and I’ll be doing a bunch of pinning before Kid’s Clothes Week to add on to this inspiration. So make sure to follow on Pinterest here.


summer color inspiration on KCW

inspiration: summer colors

Hi, Kristi here, from SweetKM. Let’s kick off this season of Kid’s Clothes Week with a little chat about color. I make no secret of my love of color (on trend, or otherwise). Kid’s clothes only last a season or two, which frees sewists and designers to really embrace fun color trends. You may not want to invest in a neon orange button down for yourself, but your kid can wear one with no lasting damage to his/her closet space. Here are the hues that are on my mind for summer sewing:


Yellow All1. dress  2. shorts  3. dress  4. button down  

I love yellow. It goes with just about anything, making it deceptively versatile. Even the most yellow-phobic person can wear a  dab of it to brighten up their look. My kids wear a ton of blue, and yellow is our accent color of choice. It’s a great way to add a little pop to gray or navy.

Yellow Fabric All 21. abstract  2. stripe  3. floral


Indigo all1. dress  2. swim suit  3. pants  4. t-shirt

 Surely you’ve seen the Shibori dye trend around. The art of Japanese resistance dying is the sophisticated older sister of the tie dye t-shirt you made during spring week in college. I’m totally smitten and can’t wait to try it for myself. The end result looks primitive and modern all at the same time. The inherent color variation is a refreshing hint of handmade in a computer generated world.

Indigo Fabric All 21. waves  2. abstract  3. grid


Pale Hues All1. dress  2. t-shirt  3. eyelet dress  4. ruffle dress

Pastels are nothing new. This season the trend is toward cool shades with gray undertones. The washed out finish of pale pastels create the look of being sun bleached or fresh from the beach. This is an easy trend for girls, but a boy in a fresh shade of pale lavender is just a tiny bit daring.

Pale Hues Fabric All 21. peach  2. teal  3. pink


Chambray All1. dress  2. pants  3. romper  4. shorts

Okay, okay, I know I’ve already used blue, but in my mind shibori’s bold indigo and the subtle hues of a classic chambray are totally different. For years I have been reaching for chambray when I wasn’t sure where to start with a sewing project. Its got great colors and subtle textures that make it work like a neutral. Chambray of any shade is still going strong for the summer wardrobe, while it isn’t technically a color, I think its popularity justifies including it here.

Chambray fabric all 21. dark blue  2. sky blue  3. dot

What colors are stuck in your head this summer season? Black? White? Acid green? Check out my first of many KCW Pinterest boards to see more summer color inspiration.