WILD THINGS in the forest

Hi everyone! I’m Sara and I love to sew. I am so excited to be contributing for this season!

I blog about my makings  – mainly clothes I make for my three kids but also some self care sewing from time to time – over Made by Sara. KCW has always been my favorite sewing event and one of my sources for inspiration and for getting to know wonderful sewing moms and blogs.

Today I am sharing with you some woodland animals inspiration! I had a hard time picking just a few because there are so many cute animals living in the forest – deer, hedgehog, squirrel, bear, bunny, owl, wolf, woodpecker, raccoon… What’s your favorite?

Here are a few ideas from both ready-to-wear and some amazing sewing blogs. Along with these I am suggesting which PDF patterns and fabric you could use to get those looks.

Let’s get started!

 

Rabbit

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Rabbit

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From  left to right: Chambray union / Hoppy Dot / Breezy White Batiste /Dreamland flannel Bedtime Bunny

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1. Dress –  pattern suggestion: the Tinny dress pattern by StraightGrain;

2. Dress made by Kid Approved, with a tutorial on how to make that cute bunny and pocket, using the Norah dress pattern by Mouse House Creations;

3.  Top with flutter sleeves from Gap – pattern suggestion: the Little Betty top pattern by Sewpony Vintage;

4. Bunny hoodie, self-drafted by Craftstorming (pattern to be released);

5. Skirt by Boden – pattern suggestion: free tutorial by Petit à Petit and Family for a Reversibe Paper Bag Skirt;

6. Pajama – pattern suggestion: the All You Need Jammies pattern by Heidi&Finn.

 

Fox

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 Fox

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From left to right: Fanfare organic flannel / Laguna Cotton JerseyThe Houndstooth Foxes /  Blue Stripes 

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 1. Bodysuit – pattern suggestion: the Lullaby bodysuit by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop;

2. Top – pattern suggestion: the Library Blouse by Tadah! Patterns;

3. Fancy pants , pattern by Titchy Threads;

4. Dress made by La Gang à Nat, using the Caroline Party dress PDF pattern by Mouse House Creations;

5. Hood from The Children’s Place;

6.  Knit Dress – pattern suggestion: the Boardwalk Hoodie & Henley pattern by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop.

Deer

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 Deer

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From left to right:  Kona Cotton / Forest Animal interlock knit / Woodgrain  /  Bambi panel

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1. Hooded vest made by Mend and Make New, using the Peekaboopocket Mix& Match Outerwear top pattern by Little Kiwis Closet;

2. Tee made by DoGuincho, using the Hemlock Top pattern by Elegance & Elephants; 

3. Boy SS15 look by Caramel – pattern suggestion for the trousers: the Mini Hudson pants pattern by True Bias; 

4. Spring Dress made by StraightGrain, using the Hanami dress pattern;

5. Dress made by Behind the Hedgerow, using the Geranium dress pattern by Made by Rae; 

6. Trousers made by Craftstorming, using the Twisted Trousers pattern by Titchy Threads.

Bear

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 Bear 

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From left to right:  DenimBowtie bearShetland flannel /  Camping bear

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1. Bowtie Bear made by StraightGrain, using the Otium sweater pattern by Sofilantjes Patterns; 

 2. Bear ears sweater ;

3. Hooded scarf made by  Adirondack Inspired, with tutorial;

4. Dungarees – pattern suggestion: Okey Dokey overalls pattern by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop; 

5. Raglan sweater – pattern suggestion: the Grand Slam tee pattern by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop;

6. Leggings – pattern suggestion: the Basic Leggings pattern by Serger Pepper.

When sewing for this KCW season, we can go for the obvious – using bold animal fabric prints, animal graphic stencils, or clothes with animal ears, faces, limbs, tails (the imagination is the limit here) – or we can sew the theme in more subtle ways – playing with animal colors, color schemes, textures (fur, stripes, scales, spots) and shapes, which can be translated into fabric choices.

As for color inspiration, we can think of all these animal fur shades – orange, brown, gray, black -, all the green shades from all the trees and greenery, and even some hints of red because of the colorful birds that live in the forest.

So, pick your favorite woodland animal, pick your color and texture and make something fun! Can’t wait to see it!

 

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