DISGUISE: disguised details

Hi, Jess here from Willow & Stitch.  Today I’m hoping to give you some ideas on how you can use this season’s theme – ‘Disguise’ – while thinking outside the (costume) box. When I think of ‘Disguise’ the most obvious ideas that occur to me are costumes or dress ups, and while October is a great time to indulge in some halloween sewing, perhaps you’d rather spend your precious sewing hours on something a little less ‘niche’? Here are some ways that you can get involved with the theme and sew things that both you and your kids will love all year round.

1. Disguise clothes that you love as clothes that your kids will love. While I love that my children take an interest in my sewing, I can’t honestly say that we often agree on what fabrics or styles make for beautiful clothes.  And while I want them to love the clothes that I’m sewing, I also want to be able to take pleasure from them.  I don’t, for example, want to spend several precious evenings sewing something from some hideous neon pink glittery unicorn fabric or a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles print.  Keep everyone happy by hiding some fun fabric inside garments or using it for small accents.  Line a pocket with a superhero print, bind an armhole with bright bias tape, add some colourful piping or novelty buttons. Fun Details

1. Five and Ten Designs Volume 1  2. Five and Ten Designs Volume 1  3. Sunday Brunch Jacket (Oliver & S)

2. Disguise your pockets.

Pockets always score huge bonus points with my children, even more so if they are surprising in some way.  I love these pockets disguised as animals: Fun pockets

1. Cat Pocket Skirt (Ottobre) 2. Shark Pocket (source) 3. Tiger Pocket (Friends Stitched Together)

Secret pockets are also a sure way to win your little one’s heart.  You can hide them so that they are almost invisible or disguise them as something else completely: Think pockets disguised as clouds or hearts, pockets slipped in between colour blocks, tucked into darts or hidden in seams or linings. Disguised Pockets

1. Pink Cloud Pocket Top (Swallow’s Return) 2. Ziggy Top (Madeit Patterns) 3. Cousu Trousers & Gouchos (Sew Straight & Gather) 4. School Dress (Oliver & S)

  3. Two outfits disguised as one. Sewing clothes which are reversible is an excellent way to keep everyone happy. Not only does the fact that it’s reversible delight the kiddies, there is also the added bonus that you can make one side sophistocated and one side fun. Of course you may have to accept that they will never get worn with the classy side out, but still… Really this has to be the ultimate disguise – you can change a look entirely by just turning it inside out.  Perfect for a quick getaway. Also very hand for disguising food stains from lunch (or the fact that you didn’t get around to do the laundry…) and a guarenteed hit with your little one. Reversible clothes

1 & 2. Aztec Hooded Vest (See Kate Sew) 3. Reversible Wrap Top (Craftiness is not optional)

4.  Clothes which are disguised as something else.

The element of surprise never fails to delight children.  You could sew shorts disguised as a skirt (culottes)  or how about this amazing playmat disguised as a coat?! Deceptive clothes

1. Secret Playmat Coat (See Kate Sew) 2. Lunch Box culottes (Oliver & S)

I hope I’ve managed to provide you with some inspiration for your sewing, it’s been a pleasure being here and I can’t wait to see what you all come up with for Kids Clothes Week!

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