Kids Clothes Week - Day 1! July 21 2014

Hi everyone!

Today's the day we kick-off the Fabrications' gang's projects for Kids Clothes Week.  We plan to share one project a day, including photos and some thoughts about the patterns and fabrics we're using.  Carrie and Johanna are sewing for boys, and Sarah is sewing for girls.  We hope you'll join us in posting photos of projects you have in the works and we look forward to your comments. Here's where to find our Fabrications Flickr Group and you can also sign up to the KCW Community and build your own profile.

If you're looking for some ideas for quick sewing projects, here are a few places to start:

  • Oliver + S have short-listed some of their easier patterns (available at our shop).  They also offer free downloadable PDF patterns for unisex shorts, the Lazy Days Skirt, the Popover Sundress, a cute Ruffle Halter top and even handmade shoe laces!   
  • Our friends at the PurlBee in NYC also offer a list of free tutorials for children's projects that never fails to inspire!
  • And who doesn't enjoy a little eye candy on Pinterest...?  Loads of great pictures and links to free online tutorials for boys and girls clothes.

So, for Day 1 of KCW, let's welcome Johanna!

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Johanna here. I normally blog over at Old House Mama about my sewing projects for my two boys and myself.  I looove Fabrications, and basically if Carrie and Curtis would just let me, I'd move in there (kidding).  It really is awesome to have a local store that has all the fabric I used to have to buy online!  Now I get to feel it all first, oogle all the pretty colours in person AND stop and chat with the lovely and helpful co-owners!

Ok, enough of that!

I'm here to show you one of my recent makes for Kids Clothes Week!  I love KCW, it's such an awesome excuse to buckle down and get some sewing down for the kids!  It's soo much fun too to follow along and see some of the georgousness others out there do over on the KCW website. You can also have a look at my Old House Mama KCW profile!

I love finding new cool patterns and fabrics to sew things up with for my boys.  And this Imagine Jacket was no exception. It's part of the Make (Believe) collections designed by Pattern Anthology, a group of four pattern designers and bloggers who get together a few times a year and put out awesome collections for a limited period.  I got a chance to test and pattern, and it turns out that its great jacket for a crazy kid like mine!

 

One of the things I like most about sewing for my oldest is his reaction to things.  When I know I've sewn him something in fabric he'll love, I get excited!  And so does he.  He loves to tell random people that I made him his shirt, and it's adorable.  He now helps me pick out fabrics sometimes (he picked the cameras which are now sadly sold out at Fabrications) and then loves coming up with crazy poses when I get him to model!  They kill me!

 

 

This jacket in particular is perfect for him.  It's easy to move and play in, and the cotton twill is easily washable for all those muddy occasions.  I also got a chance to finally make welt pockets, something I'd been scared to do before.  And guess what?  They really aren't scary!  This Jacket will be M's coat when he starts school in the fall and I can see several more of these made up in some of the awesome linen cotton Japanese fabrics from Fabrications in our future!

 

You can read more about the pattern back over on my blog, but for now, enjoy these crazy pictures of my kid, and good luck in your KCW endeavors!

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Thanks to Johanna for kicking off KCW at Fabrications and for sharing a great little jacket.  Pattern testing, knits and zippers all in the same breath?  My brain got a cramp just thinking about it.  And how about more jazz hands and animal shapes from young fella modeling the jacket, no?  Check back tomorrow to see what Day 2 brings!