kcwc: day five

September 24th, 2010

I cut out this skirt for kcwc in the spring, but then the pockets and the piping started to looking very difficult and it found it’s way to the bottom of the pile. Well, it turns out the piping wasn’t hard at all–a little fiddly maybe, but it turned out.

The pockets on the other hand are now in the garbage. You can’t see the back pockets the pattern picture, but they are cute little curved things with piping around the bottom, and a horizontal buttonhole on the top hem, oh and they are top stitched too. I have no idea how you are supposed to make buttonholes look good on knit fabric or top stitching for that matter. Whatever, maybe I’ll have to courage to try again in the spring.

Or if my daughter demands it, because she’s pretty peeved that the pockets in the front are fake. And really I was kind of annoyed too, when I figured out what the diagrams were telling me to do. This is another pattern from Everyday Bottoms; it seems like I’m having a japanese kids clothes week, but the patterns are so damn stylish I can’t not make them.


Today’s giveaway is a new book, called Sew Tina!, by fabric and pattern designer Tina Givens. The book doesn’t even hit the shelves until October, so this is a super special sneak peek! It is filled ideas and patterns for children’s clothes, accessories and things for their rooms. I haven’t seen the book yet, but if that cute little dress is any indication, it is sure to be fantastic.

To enter this giveaway tell us if you are a work from patterns or dive right in without a plan kinda sewer, or if you have read some extra good craft books lately or what you had for breakfast. Good Luck!


The winner is

#114: Carolyn!



134 Responses to kcwc: day five

  1. Nancy says:

    I’m a pattern girl although I’m so eager to try improvising without one. Lately I’ve been looking through knitting books and I’ve found some beautiful patterns for toddlers/babies to make from the book “Socks” by Chrissie Day.

  2. Summer says:

    I usually start off with a pattern, get frustrated with how it fits or lack of creativity, and end up making some completely different project. Tina’s book looks great!

  3. Sascha says:

    Love the skirt. I hate buttonholes on knits too. I like following patterns for sure and I had pizza and tea for breakfast (really).

  4. Thomas says:

    I generally start with something resembling a pattern, but often veer way off from there. And then let the applique go wild…

    The book looks fantastic…

  5. Jacqueline says:

    I taught myself to sew Feb. 2010 so Patterns work well for me. Once I have made something once. I can add modifications and create new looks no problem. Breakfast? You got to have one? LUCKY!!! Kids somehow ate mine or I forgot about it who knows…

  6. Mandy says:

    I am learning to sew right now so I definitely follow patterns and OH MY WORD that dress is flippin’ adorable and my baby girl WILL wear it one day.

  7. Diana says:

    I guess I am mostly a pattern gal but I am trying to step out of my comfort zone! That book looks awesome! Breakfast… hmmm, does chick-fil-a fries at 11:45 count? Yup, it was that kind of day around here – but at least the kids got fed!

  8. Quita says:

    I am half and half…I love to make up my own patterns, especially for kids, but it is such a treat to find a wonderful pattern and so nice to have someone else work all of the bugs out!!

  9. Stacy says:

    Breakfast was eggs, which I planned out, so as you can tell, I am definitely a work from the pattern type of sewer. I have made a few of my own patterns recently, so I am open to change, just slow change ;-)

  10. Tara says:

    I’m a dive right in kind of girl mainly because most my projects are done through tutorials on the web.

  11. Eileen says:

    If I want something perfect, I definitely go for patterns. If I want to be creative and believe that I can do better than available patterns, I dive right in to let my imagination and my creativity take the lead!

  12. Mela says:

    Patterns, patterns, patterns. I love to think about my projects, make lists of things I want to make, fabrics I want to use and yet another lists that matches projects to patterns. about 50% of the fun for me is the planning. Just like in cooking, I love seeing how the parts come together to make a whole that can’t be broken down again. Fascinating! That being said, I am comfortable enough now with sewing that I have altered all the patterns I’ve made for my toddler recently. It’s so much fun!

  13. Mela says:

    oh, and I had granola with yogurt and fruit like I do every morning. Yum!

  14. Erica says:

    I prefer to make my own patterns and dive right in. I love making clothes that are completely “mine”. It’s even better when they turn out…:)

  15. Carolyn says:

    I work from patterns. I’m just getting to the point with my sewing that I can make simply modifications to patterns. I would love to be able to just whip something up without a pattern. It seems so fun!

  16. Wendy says:

    Love the shirt you made!!!!!!!!!! I am definetly a dive right in with no pattern and maybe a slight plan kind of lady. I do search the collection of books that I have and the internet when I need to learn how to do something in particular but as far as patterns go, I just figure out what shape it’s supposed to be and free hand it usually. Not so great for all things, I figure one of these days I will actually have to purchase a pattern. So far so good though, three years of sewing and I have yet to use a pattern.

  17. I prefer patterns but when I get sick of them I dive right in and play around!

  18. Emily says:

    I hate tissue paper pattens! I really like pattern books though – I feel like I am getting more bang for my buck and I appreciate that there is extra explanation. This book looks so cute!

  19. Michelle P says:

    Thanks for inspiration this week-I’m a pattern girl. I’m not quite experienced enough to do it alone-but almost.

  20. louise says:

    What about in between?? I make my patterns, loose patterns. Not real detailed patterns. Those kinda throw me off! And too many instructions get confusing! The book looks adorable! I wonder if there are boy things in there or not???

  21. Ellen says:

    Bad at patterns, and prefer to just wing it, but it’s a crap shoot on which ends up better in the end. Overall, I’m a shove it through my machine and don’t worry about fixing anything kind of gal. And Banana Granola Back to Nature Cereal and an espresso.

  22. Meghan says:

    Definitely a pattern person. As a former scientist (before kids), I like to have a very precise pattern with lots of details in the directions. I’m trying to wing it more, but it’s pretty hard for me…

  23. Sheri says:

    most definitely need a pattern here! Kudos to all of you who can create and design your own patterns!

  24. madumali says:

    I work half /half in projects. I plan what to do then dive into it using a basic block and adjust according to the pattern. Sort of hit and miss scenario !!! But for whom I saw cloths so far have been my family and there are live models to check things on!!! : ) Of course my daughter hates those multiple fittings!!!

  25. Miktha says:

    for my kids, I make the patterns myself with base pattern from their clothes.