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KID ART: outfits inspired by kid art

Hi, Kristi from SweetKM here with my own interpretation of the KCW Kid Art theme. Shelley focused on the Masters, I’m going to focus on abstract expressionists a little closer to home – my kids. Kid’s artwork is so full of color, imagination, and personal style – I thought it would make for some interesting sewing inspiration. I also have piles of it laying around, just waiting to be repurposed. Rather than taking the drawings at face value, I tried to find some abstract qualities that could be used to translate the works on paper into wearable works of art. Here is the process I used to get some ideas rolling. First, I photographed a few of the more interesting and colorful drawings my daughter has done lately. Having a digital copy allowed me to make a Pinterest board for each drawing where I could try fabrics and patterns out along side the drawing to see how they work together. Here are a few examples of how I am translating elements of a drawing into elements of an outfit.


Outline Collage


1. dress pattern 1a. navy piping 1b. sash fabric 1c. dress fabric 2. headband 3. sandals

Outline. So many of the drawings my kids do are simple lines on paper. Sometimes they color them in, sometimes not. For this outfit I’m using the piping and sash of the spectacular Roma Dress from c’est dimanche to define areas of the dress in much the same way that my little one has defined areas of her drawing using crayon. The fabric body of the dress represents the scribble scrabble (as my guys call it) inside those lines. Just about any fabric would work for this illustration, and a custom fabric would be very cool. The pale pink strappy sandals and pencil thin red headband create even more layers of lines on the outfit.


Form Collage

1. hair bow 2. dress pattern 2a. accent fabric 2b. dress fabric 3. shoes

Shape. My daughter was very annoyed when I stashed away this drawing, she has been calling it her shape board, and she insists she isn’t finished with it yet. The ameba form in the drawing is nearly a prefect match for the plunging back of the Figgy’s Eos Dress. The relatively plain khaki chambray body fabric picks up on the sparseness of this drawing, and allows the accent fabric used on the back bow to really pop. The forms in the abstract bow print are again drawing on the ovular theme. I’m reiterating that shape again with the big soft loops of the orange hair bow, and the iconic toe of the converse sneaker. Sounds like serious stuff, but there is nothing serious about this look. (Okay L, you may have your drawing back now!)


Color Collage

1. tights 2. dress pattern 2a. bodice fabric 2b. skirt fabric 3. turban 4. boots

Color. When my kids paint with watercolor half of the fun is experimenting with how the paint goes on to the paper. Wet brush, dry brush, the whole cup of brush washing water sloshed across the page, each technique creates a different level of transparency and saturation. For this outfit I looked for fabrics that picked up on the layering and contrasting of colors in the painting. The skirt fabric has a similar monochrome blue color scheme, and similar variation in hard and soft edges to the drawing’s forms. The gray pin stripe of the bodice picks up on the contrast between the hard and soft edges of the different colors. The pale teal turban draws on the lighter blue tones. The black tights and fringed boots were inspired by the wispy black brush strokes across the top of the paper.

There you have it – three dresses from three different examples of kid art. I could go on and on with some of the zany things my kids make, but I would rather wait and see what you make. Where are you headed with the kid art theme?


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.