Monday, 20 October 2014

Kid's Clothes Week Sewalong: October 2014

kid's clothes week

So, you may have noticed that I've been making more baby/child clothes over the last year or so... And in doing so and thinking about doing so, I've started to encounter a whole new (to me) subsection of the sewing blogosphere: the children's wear blogs. Holy shitballs there are some amazing kids clothes being made out there, let me tell you. Plus some of those blogs are sooooo beautiful. Like, stroke-the-pretty-pictures-on-the-screen beautiful. How any of these people have time to look after the kids they are sewing for whilst maintaining such amazing blogs, I have no idea! 

I came across a whole heap of children's wear (or partly children's wear) blogs when I took part in the promotion for the Perfect Pattern Parcel #2. My involvement with that and plundering Pinterest for my bloated though may I say amazing Kiddie Clothes Making board has brought a wealth of amazing independent children's wear pattern designers to my attention, along with the Kid's Clothes Week sewalong.

The Kid's Clothes Week blog can explain it all perfectly well, but in short it's a week-long sewalong that takes place four times a year along a theme which you are welcome to ignore. The only stipulation for taking part is that you sew kid's clothing for one hour a day for a week, and the latest instalment starts TODAY! 


The theme this time round is 'Storybook', but to be honest I'm going to ignore that and just dive in to the  stack of patterns (some of which are pictured above) and fabric I have been sewing together in my head but haven't actually touched in reality. The preparation for releasing the Dolores sewing pattern, a bulk order for my Etsy shop, making stock to sell at Christmas craft fairs and other sewing obligations seem to have got in the way. Plus, my recent charity shop hauls and bags of hand-me-down clothing Dolores has received of late has abated any new clothing requirements she may have had for a while. 

However, the joy of seeing her wear the recent baby blouse refashion has reminded me of how much I want to make the majority of her clothing, so I'm going to get stuck in next week and see how much I can make in seven hours. I'll probably make things for size 18 months or two years, as she has more than enough clothing for her current size. I'm working at the weekend so I'll have to spread those two hours of sewing into the other five days to make up my quota! I'll report back with my creations. 

Do you follow any children's wear blogs? Have you used any independent sewing pattern companies' designs? 

22 comments:

Mother of Reinvention said...

I used to make loads of clothes for Sprogzilla. We lived abroad so it was easy to find good fabric at the market and lots of nice kids clothes patterns. She is now a teenager so I don't make her anything anymore as she thinks home-made clothes are a bit lame. Don't follow any children's clothing blogs but I have considered making up some patterns for them. Xx

Giddyauntlola said...

I have used Figgys patterns and Oliver and S - both which I love. I have a couple of patterns which I haven't tried yet and really want to give them a go. My advice is make as much as you can for them whilst they are small and wear what you put on them without arguing!
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Marilla Walker said...

Great idea, I'll join you and try and do 7 hours, although I'll be happy if I manage 4! X

tialys said...

I really regret not making clothes for my girls when they were small. I don't know why I didn't really. I think I was just not in one of the 'sewing phases' of my life and there seemed to be so much else to do. Now I'm in a permanent sewing or knitting phase and I do find children's clothes very appealing to make - so tiny, so much cute fabric. I must have a look at some of the Indie designers' patterns, it hadn't occurred to me before although I use them for my own clothes.

Kestrel said...

I loved your post about the blouse that bookended Delores first year. I had a similar situation, with a dress that I was working on before I went to hospital to be induced, that Baby Kestrel wore on her first birthday.
I'm looking for the perfect pinafore pattern but when I saw your picture of the patterns I realised that I have to find a dressing gown pattern as she actually needs one.

Louise Perry said...

I am joining in too, I agree that there are some amazing kids clothes blogs out there. Looking forward to seeing what you make.

Kathryn said...

I loved your shirt refashion! Like you, I'd never really looked at kids clothes sewing blogs till recently but there's some really gorgeous ones. I've used Oliver + S patterns so far & found the instructions great. Looking forward to seeinwhat you make!

Philippa said...

Annoyingly my children are too old (20, 18 and 15) for this challenge to be much use to us. I do alter/refashion charity shop stuff for the girls though occasionally. I will very much look forward to seeing what you create ( and I really enjoyed looking at those cutting layouts so thank you for publishing them!).

Ben Wood said...

Great post you have shared, which is interesting and knowledgeable. Keep me more updates about baby kids wear.

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