One of the benefits of contributing for Kids Clothes Weeks is that it’s forcing me to plan for the week. I’ve taken a much more relaxed approach in the past. I typically have a few things in mind or an event like Halloween which coincides with the challenge week, but actually pondering what items to make and deciding the fabrics ahead of time is a whole new thing.
I began by evaluating the wardrobe needs of my daughters. Being practical, I tend to sew more for Arden than for Hadley since everything will eventually be handed down to Hadley. Also, Arden is about to move sizes from 4T to 5Y and Hadley has more recently moved into 3T. So my big girl needs pretty much all spring wardrobe staples.
Then I mashed that mental list up with pattern I either already own or have been considering making, and I dug through my fabric stash or start searching online for great fabrics.
Here’s the result – I give you my plans for Kids Clothes Week 2014:
I love the easy silhouette with special pintuck details of the Pintuck Dress by Heidi & Finn. Plus, I just happen to have a cotton rayon in a similar color to the one shown in the pattern if I can squeak it out of what I have remaining. I’ll find a solid linen blend if I can’t make it with my remnant. KCW coincides with the “Design Your Own Fabric” week on Project Run & Play, so I think I’ll try to modify the fabric somehow – maybe give Sashiko a try? We’ll see…
I’ve had a longtime love affair with rompers so the Marina Romper by Cali Faye makes by heart go pitter pat. I’ll pair it with this drapey rayon challis with black & pink hearts I had purchased a while ago. I’m making myself a tunic out of this same fabric this week as a pattern test, so that will be a nod to the mini me theme without being matchy-matchy. I’m thinking I might shirr the ankles because I had a store bought romper for Arden as a baby that had that and it was so cute!
For shorts, I’ve thought the Bubble Pocket Shorts by Elegance & Elephants were simply adorable since they were first released. Either one of my girls will be filling those giant pockets in no time! I have some lovely Robert Kaufman Essex yarn dyed linen in black that will be perfection.
Lastly, I’ve been working on my own PDF pattern for my Matinée Dress which I’ll release under my shop name Jennuine Design. Soon I’ll be needing to pretest some of the sizes before sending it out to pattern testers for the (nail-biting!) real deal. I found this awesome nautical panel from Michael Miller called Ahoy Matey that I think will be darling if I can get the sash and the skirt to land in good spots on the fabric.
I think four pieces is fairly reasonable to hope to accomplish over seven days. I’ll do my best to have patterns prepped and pieces cut, so maybe I’ll even exceed my expectations and plans!