a new home for kid’s clothes week

KCW doesn’t just have a new blog, Meg and I are expanding to give Kid’s Clothes Week its very own site. The new site will be a place to go for inspiration and information about all the kid’s clothes you make. The site will be beautiful, but also will be extremely useful.

We want you to be able to look up and find the best kid’s clothes patterns and designers.

We want you to be able to post your own beautiful projects and review the patterns you used.

We want you to be able to see everyone else’s amazing projects all in one place.

 

The new site will also help you to answer all your burning questions like, “did the pants actually fit?” and “would you make that pattern again?” and “it’s pretty, but was it really fussy to sew?”

We think the new site is going to be useful for all of you who sew kid’s clothes. We also think it is going to be super fun! But we need a little help to get it up and running–and so we’re asking you! Our database needs to know about all the children’s clothes pattern designers out there (the big guys and the indie guys). You are the ones who know who all these people are!

So it’s a bit of data entry (which we secretly love) about patterns and patterns makers (which we know you all love). What do you think? If you are interested in helping, please leave a comment on this post, and we will send invites out in small groups when we are ready. Have a comment or idea, but not up for data entry? We want to hear from you too. What features would you like to have in the new KCW website? Tell us your ideas in the comments!

KCW is an amazing community, and we need that community to build KCW’s new home!

This article has 123 comments

  1. Ajaire

    This sounds very exciting. I love the idea of a place to get info from others who have sewn a pattern. As a yarn crafter I don’t know how I lived before Ravelry and I am constantly thinking there should be something similar for sewing. Focusing on kids clothing make it even better in my opinion 🙂
    I am happy to help with whatever you need if it means this becomes reality!

  2. Ashley

    Hi! I’m Ashley from Charming-Ollie. I make custom adjustable kids clothing and patterns. My wordpress site is DIY around our house plus some of my patterns/sewing info. It’s best to see my work (pics) and patterns @ FB and etsy. I sew mostly for boys but most of my patterns are fairly universal. The biggest part of my patterns (as I am a mom with 3 little boys to clothe also) is that they are adjustable (=get more wear out of them with the right fit). I would love to be a part of this!
    Thanks – Ashley

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/charmingollie

    http://www.facebook.com/charmingollie

    http://charmingollie.wordpress.com/

    1. Jenny

      Great idea! I cannot tell you how many times I have found a girl’s pattern that I love only to find out that it won’t fit my 10 year old daughter. Maybe categorize them by age group to make it easy to find the right size. Like, babies&toddlers/kids/tweens/teens?

  3. Celina

    I’ll gladly help too 🙂 I would love the email subscription. Also maybe good places to buy fabric online- some tips for taking good photos of clothes too! Those are just things I need help with 😉 everything else sounds amazing.

  4. Tara

    I think this website idea is AWESOME! Especially for pattern reviews, etc. As far as offering suggestions, I think that it should also include all of the sew alongs, competitions and contests pertaining to children’s clothes all in one place with maybe the deadlines and the weekly themes listed. I’m a “newbie” to the blog world but I would love to help with any aspect if you’d like me too 🙂 Sounds EXCITING!

  5. Justine Abbitt

    I sew and design for myself and my kids and while there are some great community sites focusing on adult sewing, Burdastyleand Sew Weekly, there aren’t any sites focusing on kids sewing where you can upload your projects, etc. I will be very excited to contribute!

  6. Farrah

    I’m so siked for this! Im just starting out in blogging, and there are so many of us out there. I think it is so awesome to have a place just for kids clothes. I think you ladies are on to something huge and I’d be happy to help. I would like to see pattern testing and reviews posted here. Contest, giveaways, Maybe photography tips. I know advertisement helps to keep the light on, but if it could be done tastefully and page appropriate that would be awesome too

  7. Elizabeth

    Would love focused tutorials, for example different seaming techniques, options to let out sizes or allow for growth (uh, I’m frugal and my kids keep growing) and reviews of fabric, patterns–wow!

  8. Lisa

    Fantastic idea – very excited, like the idea of pattern reviews. I would like Mini tutorials/ tips eg how to fit a zip or do a part of a pattern that’s a bit tricky? I am happy to help in any way.

  9. Enney Rush

    Hip hurrah, what fun add me to the helpers list. I would love to see a independent pattern designer spotlight and it would be great to have a trade tricks section to help with inserting piping, pocket construction and the like.

  10. Becky

    This sounds fantastic! Would love to have a comprehensive place to find tutorials sorted into sections. Also would be great to have some generic simple patterns for beginners in different sizes (e.g a basic bodice / trouser) for people to be able to alter around by adding different sleeves, collars etc. Would be useful to be able to view other people’s own creations quickly so we can see patterns in different fabrics, a Flickr link or similar. I am relatively new to all this but happy to help out of you need any. Can’t wait!

  11. Jacqui

    Yay a kid’s clothes website! I’d love to help out if you need it; having an honest database on pattern fit and sizing would be great, along with photos of people’s successes (and failures if they ever get recorded) would be so helpful and inspirational.

  12. Alison

    I definately think that seeing other peoples takes on a pattern is helpful. I always look at the projects on ravelry.com as seeing the pattern in a different colour or the like can really change the look of the pattern and prompt you to try it. Also helps to she how a pattern may look on different sized people, although this is propably not so much of a concern with childrens clothes.

  13. Calida

    What a brilliant idea! PLEASE you MUST make it like a ravelry for sewers. I love being able to see patterns knitted in different colours and weights, and seeing how much yarn each knitter actually used. I love being able to see what other people have knitted, if I like one thing they chose then I’ll often go see what other patterns they’ve done. It would be great to see sewing patterns in different fabrics, as it might inspire me to sew something I’d previously dismissed. It would also be good to have a list of what skills are needed for each pattern, as you might have something you want to avoid or have a go at. Also patterns searchable by how much fabric is needed, but this also must show how much fabric members used to sew the garment with, as I often find I can squeak a dress for my daughter out of much less than the specified amount of fabric. I can’t wait!!!

  14. Frances Suzanne

    We are THRILLED about your new site and are looking forward to watching your ‘production’ develop! Sewing for our nieces is our true passion and the primary focus of our blog. We’d be glad to help/contribute in any way that we possibly can.

  15. Carla

    I’m happy to help. I love the group pinterest board, it’s a very fun helpful way to see what everyone has made. I think it would be awesome if this site featured lots of indie patterns and fabric sources for kid clothes. Perhaps with a few giveaways here and there? Also, my favorite part of KCW is all the new bloggers I meet so I love that you are so community focused!

  16. christina

    I’d like to see a special section on sewing from Japanese craft books, perhaps with some simple translations, tips on tracing and diagram hints. I’ve done lots of JCB sewing but all by trial and error and I’m sure there are many people out there too intimidated to try on their own but intrigued by the great designs. With a little encouragement, we could have many more fellow Japanese craft addicts.

  17. Ana

    Oh, and I thought of something else as well but I’m not quite sure yet how you’d do it: recommendations – as in ” I need a pattern for cargo trousers for my skinny/short/fat/tall… 4 year old – what do people recommend?”
    Hmmm, may be a star system on the pattern reviews would help.

  18. Angela

    I commented earlier above offering help, but just wanted to come back with some suggestions. The inclusion of pattern books and magazines would also be really great – I’m thinking of Burda Kids, Ottobre, Knippe, Patrones & others as well as Japanese Pattern Books of course!! It would also be wonderful to see other non-English children’s pattern designers – not translations, but links and reviews and info re sizing. This might have been mentioned in other comments – could patterns be rated &/or starred by level of difficulty? Maybe if it was possible to search for patterns by how easy or complicated they are? and being able to search for patterns using terms like ‘circular skirt with halter bodice’ ‘trousers with button cuffs’.
    As you can tell I think the site is a wonderful idea 🙂

    1. Meg

      Angela, We’re excited too! I, for one, would love some more information on french patterns. I think reviews and searching by difficulty are two thing that are needed for sure!

  19. carolina

    I’m in. I have an idea but I don’t know if it can be. I’m interested in a cardigan pattern and I know three out there. Can you made something like a review for something like that, compare different pattern?

  20. Jodi

    yay this is gonna be awesome!
    a little suggestion box comment here, how about linky partys? on one day a week or something, PR&P used it instead of flicker and it was so easy to find peoples blogs.

  21. Chloe

    I would love to help too. It would be great to get someone amazing (like Lier from Ikat Bag) to discuss going off-piste and making up your own patterns – making slopers and how to adjust things etc. I am an IT Consultant so am happy to be a site tester / bug finder 🙂

  22. kate

    This sounds amazing. As a knitter, I use Ravelry quite frequently and since I really got into sewing for my daughter, I have always wanted a place where I could search projects, see items sewn up, and all the variations in one place. I am VERY excited for the new KCW website! I’m happy to help in any way I can, but for now some suggestions would be:
    – search function by size / type / gender / pattern name / pattern designer
    – a section where posters can put up size sewn, “typical” size of their child. (I.e. I made the 6-12 months, and she wears store bought 12 months)
    – an easy search by tutorial (video or image)
    Thanks!

    1. Catherine

      Youcsn already search patterns at pattern review.com … I use it all the time, it is great to see what others made, what adjust,ends were needed etc. I am sure a specic kids site set up n a imiliar manner would work too.

    1. Dorie

      hi! We’ve dropped the last “c”, so it’s just KCW. The hashtag for kcw already had some other, non-related stuff going on, do we decided to go with #kidsclothesweek. That’s what we’ll use to link to images on the blog, but if you want to add a year-specific tag, that’s fine too.

  23. Lori

    Will the focus still be on sewing kids clothes one week of the year as a seasonal challenge? I would like to see more ideas around sewing for older kids. My oldest is turning 11 soon and I’ve definitely noticed a lack of ideas and resources around sewing for older kids.

  24. le hair 30

    I truly love your site.. Very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself?
    Please reply back as I’m attempting to create my own site and want to learn where you got this from or exactly what the theme is called. Cheers!

  25. Monica

    I’m so excited to take a break from my usual bloggy content to dive back into a creative outlet that has been neglected for way too long. Thanks for giving me the inspiration! I’m not very good at it – but am so excited to join in.

  26. Kristi Andes

    I would love to help. Perhaps pattern testing. I am an intermediate sewer with four kids ages 5-8 (two boys, two girls) that I love sewing for including one super skinny, one armed boy (which sometimes makes for pattern adjustments). This sounds like an awesome site!

  27. Marelet

    I would love to get involved! I live in South Africa and work as a kids fashion designer &do my own patterns.You are welcome to count me in and would love to be part of it.

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