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. […] is my second finished KCWC piece (with more in the works!). I’m calling these Baby’s Bear Pants because I think he […]

  2. I am sooo bad. I signed up for KCWC and have JUST started working on something. Real work came in the way. And instead of working on clothing, i.e. shirts, I started working on my girls’ halloween costumes…
    Anyway, I used to only sew from patterns but have become more confident over the last year, and now I am only using my own patterns. It’s not really as hard as I thought it would be. I am enjoying it.

  3. Hayley L. says:

    I had a pumpkin spice latte for breakfast (I know– for shame…)

    I am mostly a quilt-maker and bag-maker, so children’s clothing (beyond an elastic band skirt) is a little intimidating to me. Hence, my participation in this week’s challenge!

  4. meg says:

    Funny, I was just thinking about this today! I am definitely a pattern-user (when it comes to garment sewing), and I’m not sure I’ll ever be anything else. When it comes to bags or quilts, though, I’m much more apt to wing it.

  5. Jan C. says:

    Tina Givens is my absolute favorite designer. And I am a use-a-pattern almost always girl, but I can wing it if I see something to copy.

  6. Bonnie says:

    Country Choice multigrain hot cereal with dried cherries. As with every other day!

    I am patterns all the way, but willing to trace and do Japanese patterns and Ottobre. Love O+S but don’t do a lot of the big 4 anymore.

  7. Beth says:

    Breakfast is always grapenuts, followed by Minute Maid pulp-free low-acid OJ. I’m a make it up as you go person for sewing and knitting. I think it’s because I don’t like rules :)

  8. Lindsey says:

    I do a bit of both, now that my children are grown I make for my grandcildren, I have an old book called Little Clothes for Little Children http://finelinenandpurple.blogspot.com/2009/10/birthday-dresses.html
    I also have Making Clothes for Children and used bits of patterns from both thse books to make http://finelinenandpurple.blogspot.com/2009/10/birthday-dresses.html Sometimes I just draw around items if I cant find what I want

  9. Caralee says:

    I am a pattern person. Need a guideline to follow.

  10. Sheri says:

    It changes as time goes on – I’m turning into more and more of a make it up as I go person, inspired partly by making costumes for school plays, partly by blogs, and partly by my 10 and 12 yo daughters, who are make it up as you go sewers!

  11. Ange says:

    I find that when I use patterns I’m always making changes to the pattern. What suits my way of sewing most are patterns from Japanese Books. The illustrations help me visualize what I need to do, and I don’ need to spend ages reading detailed instructions. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  12. Mama Brooke says:

    I tend to kind of dive in and try a few things out from scratch, because I’m such a novice sewer that I don’t think I have the confidence to work from a pattern, or at least a lot of patterns. But, that being said, I have gotten better at reading patterns and have taught myself to read some easy crochet patterns. So, I guess I’m a blend of the two. I might get inspired by a pattern, use parts of it and then just dive in & go for it, make mistakes and try again. I had an Odwalla protein drink for breakfast. Thanks!

  13. Linda says:

    My sewing is usually a combination of pattern, tutorial, copying and tweeking :)

  14. suzanne says:

    Patterns are a must for me before I start a project…if it’s a success then the next time I try to switch it up a bit, I feel confident to make it a little more my own. Would love to dive into the patterns in this book!

  15. Vanessa says:

    I had pancakes with maple syrup for breakfast because today is my day off. WooHoo! Usually I have some healthy fiber cereal that tastes exactly like strips of cardboard because its good for me. But not today! Off to sewing. :)

  16. Laura says:

    I’m a pattern girl. I usually fail if I try to make up my own. :)

  17. Shiv says:

    I usually start with a pattern, mainly from japanese sewing books, but shift them a bit to accommodate what I need. So, for instance, if the pattern uses a zipper, i adjust the pieces so I can use buttons or elastic instead because of my fear of zippers.

  18. Tiphaine says:

    I tried Oliver + S pyjamas’ pattern but didn’t get quite along with it so I fonoshed by myself…..following the wave….One more project down….!!!

  19. Valerie says:

    I do some of both. Once you sew enough–you can usually figure things out! The book looks great! Thanks!

  20. Keilah says:

    I am a hodge podge of both. I like patterns for some projects but 80% of the time I just sew with an idea and possibly looking at a tutorial. Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. Nikki Keye says:

    Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich…toasted.

  22. bec says:

    I’m definately a pattern user, trying to branch out and go a bit ‘freestyle’ but in the end, love being told what to do! I’d love a copy of the book, and love your blog, BIG TIME!

  23. Rebekah says:

    I’m new to sewing, so I usually use patterns.

  24. Bekah says:

    I tend to work from patterns. Looks like a GREAT book. Thanks.

  25. Emily Clark says:

    I generally work from patterns and tutorials, but I’m starting to branch out a bit and try things on my own. This book looks great!