one gigantic Fall 2013 KCW post

Hey ya'll.  I'm back again with a KCW report, and then I'll make myself scarce again for a while.

Behold, my Kids Clothes Week spoils:


If you aren't familiar with Kids Clothes Week, it is a challenge to commit to sewing for your kids for at least one hour a day for a week.  You aren't technically supposed to turn yourself into a one-woman sweatshop like I sometimes do.  I just get caught up in the sewing fever and can't help myself!  :)

Obviously, I spent a lot more than one hour a day sewing.  My house is a wreck and I think I averaged about 4 hours of sleep a night.  But my kids have some great wardrobe basics for fall and "winter" (we don't really do winter here in Santa Barbara), and hopefully they will be warm enough for our holiday travelling.


One way I was able to make so many pieces was to make multiples using the same pattern.  I especially love the Recess Raglan Tee for boys (I think Oscar has like 6 of them), but it is really cute for girls, too.  Hooray for unisex patterns!

If you follow me on instagram (homemadebyjill), you saw that I carved a fox and deer stamp to make my own printed fabric. I used animal images from the Silhouette online store, and a Speedball carving block.  I love how the fox shirt came out, and can't wait to print some deer fabric.  The shorts in the photo below were made with MADE's Kid Shorts pattern, earlier in the fall.


I have been using the Lil Leggings pattern by Lil Blue Boo for years, and I like the no-fuss knit waistband.  I usually add a bunch of length to the pattern because I like a full length legging, instead of capri.



Figgy's Banyan Tee is one of my favorite patterns for boys and girls.  The handkerchief hem is ridiculously cute on the girls pattern, and I just like the overall fit for both.  I altered the pattern a bit to make the cat sweatshirt, and used gold pleather for the details.




You couldn't read about KCW last week without hearing about the Bimaa Sweater, so here is my version of the cowl view.  Pretty sure I sewed that cowl on upside down like a moron, but it still looks cute.  Must get it right the next time (sleeping might help).


I'm kind of dying over this little jacket, The Coco Topcoat pattern from the CaliFaye Collection.  It isn't actually done ... need to finish the sleeves, topstitch, and add buttons ... but it is too cute not to share.  This is for Cora, and she looks so delicious in yellow with her blonde ringlets, I just might die when she puts it on.


Ok, the jeans.  JEANS!  Sorry, still feeling ridiculously proud of these.  I used the Skinny Jean pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop, and I can't say enough good things about this pattern.  I was feeling all intimidated, but it was really easy and came together looking so pro!  I like that the fit is a slim jean without being super skinny jeggings, which works really well on Ruby.  I got the stretch denim from the Michael Levine Loft in LA for like two bucks, so these jeans are a bargain, too.  This is a pattern I will be repeating (already have a pair cut for Oscar in khaki).


Made by Rae's Flashback Skinny Tee was thrown into heavy rotation.  I used it for the girl's mermaid Halloween costumes, made a three quarter sleeve top for each of the girls, and used it to draft twinners knit dresses for them as well.  Late into the week, Ruby pulled out this funky floral corduroy that she picked out at JoAnn's, so they became a pair of Parsley crazy pants.


Mermaids!  My friend Sonja and I picked up the sequin fabric on a LA garment district run early in the year and have been talking up the mermaid Halloween costume to our girls ever since.  We made two pink and two blue mermaids this week, and if I can keep it together for another two days, they will hopefully get some mermaid headpieces for the big night.  Because how cute would it be if Cora had a little octopus perched on her headband?  Really cute, I tell you.

The skirt is a really simple tube skirt with a knit waistband, knit lining, and chiffon ruffle.  Nothing fancy about the construction, but those sequins will take you a long way.


In other news, these girlies are kind of precious in twin outfits.  Hasn't happened since Easter, 2012.


Phew, still with me?  Obviously, Ruby was the big winner this week, but there was a little bit for everyone. Oscar was the recient of a lot of un-blogged back-to-school sewing in September, and Cora has more hand-me-downs than a girl could ever wear, so they are all set.


I'm really grateful for KCW because it lights a fire under my sewing machine and makes me plow through my unhealthy fabric stash a bit (which is still overflowing, despite taking a bit of a hit last week).  Fabrics for these projects came from Girl Charlee, Fabric.com, upcycled clothes, and random stash.

Hope you all have a Happy Halloween!  xoxo


21 comments:

cassaundra hull said...

Thank you Thank you Thank you for sharing all these modern patterns for kids. I have just started sewing for my kids after a 10 year hiatus from sewing all together and am soo happy! I have been on the hunt for modern patterns to add to my vintage collection. Can't wait to try some of these. xoxo

@lliE from FreshlyCompleted said...

Fabulous job! I just love everything you made. Too cute!

Jane from Lil Pip said...

Ahhhhh-maze-ing effort. Quite a few patterns in there that I have so great inspirations.

Well done!

Amber said...

You are totally crazy... And totally awesome. Gotta love the binge sewing! Way to get it done! I love everything you made! The knit dresses are great, I'm sure my daughter would wear that a ton, might have to try it. I need to hustle up and make a dent in my stash too!

Mama Deborah said...

What a lot and to cute!

jacq said...

Wow!
Love to see you show up here and impressed by all those pieces last week. Especially loving the homemade stamps. Looking forward to seeing the deer.

Chez Roo said...

You always blow me away with, not just the quantity - though that is surely impressive, but the quality and sheer cuteness of what you make. The hand printed fox shirt is awesome!

Shantel Jones said...

Wow! I love your versions of all the patterns you used but the flashback skinny Tee ones make me realize I really need the pattern!

Brian, Emily, Charlie, and Lucy said...

Um, you ROCK! Can I ask your opinion on the parsley pants pattern? How does it differ from the MADE shorts/pants pattern? What do you like about them each?

Charity said...

Wow! You really got it done! I love the matching dresses, your fox stamp is adorable, and the little jacket is darling. Great job!

SMum said...

Thank-you for coming back to share some of your projects! I came to find your post on superhero costumes and was pleasantly surprised to find new updates.

Theophanie said...

Nice! I love the MADE pattern - I went crazy and made 12 pairs the week I bought it. :) I think I am committed to making all of their clothes for a while, though I am working on Christmas gifts now. What do you do for those?

Palak said...

so, so very good to hear from you!!! ok... now i"m off to read your post :)

Meg said...

Vurmole -You are the bomb. Seriously, all of these clothes are beautiful and your kids are delish. That last pic of Ruby in her dress is oozing with hilarious-ness and Oscar looks so grown up in his fox-wear.

love love and love.

Andrea Pannell said...

Whoa, you're busy!!

thingsforboys said...

Incredible effort! I love them all

Natalie said...

Such great work, and lots of it!! I love the modest little mermaids, and the Banyan Tees!

gail said...

How in the world??? You're amazing. I love your printed fox fabric and the mermaid costumes...and as usual, those fabulous ringlets steal the show :)

bon said...

great job!! i love them..
its cute.

kristin said...

man when you come back, it's in a big way! awesome clothes, great basics but so cute too!

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