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TRAVELING modes to the beach // kid's clothes week

kwc inspiration: traveling to the beach

Hi, I’m Katrien. All the way from Belgium. I have two daughters, for whom I sew a lot. You can find all my creations on my blog: KaatjeNaaisels.  I think KCW  is a great initiative and look forward every time to see the great things that everyone creates! I’m exited that I can be a part of this great project this season.

I love  sun, sea and sand very much! Here in Belgium, the summers don’t count for much and therefore many of my fellow belgians travel to the sun. The beach is the ideal place for children to enjoy their vacation. Kids love water and it brings blissful cooling on hot days. Today, Ill give some inspiration for all who go to the beach this summer!


Swimming in the sea:

Of course, a kidwill immediately jump into the water when he or she arrives at the beach! When I think of swimwear, I think of bright colors and fresh designs. A nice bath cape can help to get your children out of the water when it’s time to go home! Swimwear is usually made of Lycra. Cool prints are not always easy to find, but with a little perseverance, you can find very nice Lycra.


1. Bath Cape by MadebyElke   2. Swimsuit at Zara   3. Pim pattern from Zonen09
4. Watermelon Lycra   5.Swimsuit at Mini Rodini   6. Dolphin Lycra


Playing in the sand:

After swimming (or in between), my daughters love to play in the sand. Building sand castles and making mud baths are their favorite activities on the beach. Comfortable, light clothing is ideal for this. Play suits are perfect for girls that like to run around and dig holes in the sand. For boys, shorts and a sleeveless shirt with a fun print is the perfect outfit to play! Soft knits and light cotton are the ideal fabrics for this.

1. Sand Castle fabric   2. Muscle Tee Pattern by Danamadeit 3. James all – in – one by Stella McCartney
4. I scream for Icecream by VanJansen   5. Sea Fabric   6. Playsuit pattern by Figgy’s


A walk on the beach:

As night falls, it is wonderful to walk along the coastline and see the sunset. A dress or pants with big pockets is ideal to collect shells! It may be chilly at night, but there are many nice coats for the summer! I love a soft color palate for summer dresses. For boys a big beach inspired print on a t-shirt is very stylish. Airy fabrics like double gauze, linen or voile are ideal to create comfortable but smart clothes.

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1. Cotton + Steel double gauze   2. Ishi dress by SiskobyMieke   3. Outfit by Mini Rodini
4. Flamingo dress by Khadetjes   5. Dress by MorleyforKids   6. A’ nana’s polycotton

Do you already have plans for KCW? Can’t wait to see it! I hope I have been able to inspire with this post!

Brooke from Oliver's Fancy on KCW

KCW plans: Brooke

Hi it’s me, Brooke, here to chat with you again. This time I’m going to talk with you about my personal plans for Spring 2014 KCW. Unlike our other two contributors this week, I don’t have any girls to sew for so my sewing will be solely focused on sewing for my boys. However, many of the things on my list could easily translate to either gender.

I will mostly be sewing for my older son, Oliver, because his younger brother has an over-abundance of summer clothes and really is in need of nothing. In reviewing O’s spring/summer wardrobe, I realized that he is severly lacking in 3T summer clothes. My goal for this week is to supplement some of his summer wardrobe. I’m going to stick with the basics for him because at almost-three, he spends a lot of time playing outside and making messes. I really want to make him a variety of t-shirts and shorts that can be assembled fairly quickly and easily, but yet will be durable.

Plans Brooke

I have three patterns in line for the tshirts: Rae’s Flashback tee (image 1), the Raglan tee from Sewing for Boys (Image 2 via my blog) and Blank Slate Patterns Vintage V Neck (image 3). Husband specifically requested some raglan tees and since we aim to please, I am including them in my list. 😉 Also I am mostly going to be upcycling these shirts from husband’s old tees. This fits perfectly into our mini-me theme. (Mini-me can mean husband, not me, right?) I also want to try freezer paper stenciling. I have actually never done that- can you believe it? I think I’m the last person in the blogging world to attempt this and can’t wait to try it out.

PicMonkey Collage-shorts For the shorts, I am debating on buying Dana’s shorts pattern (left image), using Rae’s Parsley Pants (bottom image) and modifying them into shorts (tutorial here), or making some dressier shorts from the Oliver + S Sketchbook Shorts pattern (right image). If you have experience with any of these patterns, please feel free to put your two cents in to help me decide! To continue with the upcycling/mini-me theme, I will be using some old pants of mine and my husband’s for fabric. I found some RIT dye on clearance at the grocery store this past week and picked it up to try my hand at dying some of the old pants to make them a little more fun.

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Last but not least, I want to make a few pairs of pajamas for both boys and will be using the Flashback Tee (left image) and Fancy Pants Leggings (right image) from Titchy Threads. Not sure yet what I’ll use for fabric, but I’d like to pull from the nautical colors I mentioned earlier. And I’d really like to coordinate the boys just for fun. (yep, gotta enjoy a little matchy-matchy while I can!)

I think these goals are a good place for me to start out my KCW prep. Who knows how much time I’ll actually have that week to finish all this, but I am going to try to have all my patterns and fabric prepped in advance so that I can get as much done as possible. My plans aren’t anything super fancy or ornate, but they’re practical. And that’s important right? I’m hoping that the freezer stenciling and fabric dying will add the fun touches needed to my simple clothes to give them that extra zaz. How are your plans coming along? Anyone sewing Easter outfits or are you going the practical route like me?



Jenn from A Jennuine Life on KCW

KCW plans: Jenn

One of the benefits of contributing for Kids Clothes Weeks is that it’s forcing me to plan for the week.  I’ve taken a much more relaxed approach in the past.  I typically have a few things in mind or an event like Halloween which coincides with the challenge week, but actually pondering what items to make and deciding the fabrics ahead of time is a whole new thing.

I began by evaluating the wardrobe needs of my daughters.  Being practical, I tend to sew more for Arden than for Hadley since everything will eventually be handed down to Hadley.  Also, Arden is about to move sizes from 4T to 5Y and Hadley has more recently moved into 3T.  So my big girl needs pretty much all spring wardrobe staples.

Then I mashed that mental list up with pattern I either already own or have been considering making, and I dug through my fabric stash or start searching online for great fabrics.

Here’s the result – I give you my plans for Kids Clothes Week 2014:

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I love the easy silhouette with special pintuck details of the Pintuck Dress by Heidi & Finn.  Plus, I just happen to have a cotton rayon in a similar color to the one shown in the pattern if I can squeak it out of what I have remaining.  I’ll find a solid linen blend if I can’t make it with my remnant.  KCW coincides with the “Design Your Own Fabric” week on Project Run & Play, so I think I’ll try to modify the fabric somehow – maybe give Sashiko a try?  We’ll see…

I’ve had a longtime love affair with rompers so the Marina Romper by Cali Faye makes by heart go pitter pat.  I’ll pair it with this drapey rayon challis with black & pink hearts I had purchased a while ago.  I’m making myself a tunic out of this same fabric this week as a pattern test, so that will be a nod to the mini me theme without being matchy-matchy.  I’m thinking I might shirr the ankles because I had a store bought romper for Arden as a baby that had that and it was so cute!

For shorts, I’ve thought the Bubble Pocket Shorts by Elegance & Elephants were simply adorable since they were first released.  Either one of my girls will be filling those giant pockets in no time!  I have some lovely Robert Kaufman Essex yarn dyed linen in black that will be perfection.

Lastly, I’ve been working on my own PDF pattern for my Matinée Dress which I’ll release under my shop name Jennuine Design.  Soon I’ll be needing to pretest some of the sizes before sending it out to pattern testers for the (nail-biting!) real deal.  I found this awesome nautical panel from Michael Miller called Ahoy Matey that I think will be darling if I can get the sash and the skirt to land in good spots on the fabric.

I think four pieces is fairly reasonable to hope to accomplish over seven days.  I’ll do my best to have patterns prepped and pieces cut, so maybe I’ll even exceed my expectations and plans!