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.
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.
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.
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?