Sunday, 5 June 2016

Kids Clothes Week May 2016

kid's clothes week

I joined in with KCW this season after missing it for a while. Sometimes you just know you are never going to get it together in time to take part, this time I did a bit of forward planning, chose my patterns, and rejoiced in the timing of the challenge being the week before the kids broke up!

I chose an old favourite with the Reversible Bucket Hat from the book 'Little Things to Sew' and something different with this Simplicity Cardigan.

The pattern is Simplicity 1025 a knit top and cardigan in one. The faux tshirt joins the side and shoulder seams of the cardi to create a 2-in-1 piece.
The raglan sleeves are shaped with a dart at the centre, giving the sleeve head a nice shape. The waterfall style of the cardigan opening makes it very feminine. My daughter loves it.

This orange knit was from my stash, I have used it before on a Lunchbox Tee and it sews up beautifully and has good drape. The white knit is a regular single jersey.

Overall, I am really impressed with the pattern. The length didn't need adjusting, the sleeves were also a great length and overall, the size 8.5 was the perfect fit for her. Did I mention this is a half size pattern? I have couple of them now because the measurements seem to match my daughter better than the regular size guides.

Give a big cheer for projects that use up some of your stash scraps! All of these hats were made from my scrap pile. Pieces left over from other projects that I couldn't bear to throw away.

I paired a poplin with a heavier weight fabric for all of them. The blue and pink on the right above are denim. The blue denim specifically is from my husbands old jeans which he kindly donated to my sewing room. The denim is soft, well washed and worn, making it just beautiful to look at. It is my favourite one.

The beige hat is a stretch twill and the underside of the blue flowery hat is a herringbone chambray.

I made the girls 2 hats each, as most of their sunhats get lost at school and so it is important to have a spare.


  1. I love your hats! And I'm impressed at your fortitude, sending them off to school to potentially get lost! I have considered making a hoodie for Joe, but since most of his hoodies suffer the same fate, I've been intimidated by the prospect. I don't want to be reduced to tears over an article of clothing!

    1. I know what you mean, but seeing as most of their wardrobe is handmade (and shop bought versions seem to fit so badly) I just go with it and try not to think about them getting lost. The PE kit seems to be the worst hit area for things going missing.


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