kcwc fall 2011: day one

October 10th, 2011

stripey top

The first day of the kids clothes week challenge is finally here! Full disclosure: I had my sewing week a few weeks ago so I could have a garment to show you each day, but that was a little challenge to myself. Don’t feel the need to finish something everyday. One hour sewing, pattern making, or fabric cutting–it all counts. What’s important is that you do it every day. Blogging and laundry can wait a week.

stripey top back

It seems silly to be making a sleeveless top for a fall challenge, but I only had the littlest bit of this awesome stripey fabric (thanks, lil!) and I wanted so badly to make something for my daughter from it. The pattern is from Happy Homemade vol. 5, a japanese sewing book. I’ve raved about Happy Homemade vol. 2 in KCWCs past, so I thought I’d see what vol. 5 is all about. It is everything you would expect from a sequel: sort of like the original, but not as good. Still, this is an adorable top, that came together quickly and uses just a bit of fabric. So really the book isn’t without it’s merits.

edited: I get all my japanese sewing books off etsy, search for either of these titles there and you should find them.

a coat in the works

Just because I’ve done a bunch of sewing already doesn’t mean I’m not up for more. The good sewing vibes the come out of KCWC are too good to pass up. We are 300 strong and counting this time around! If you haven’t already, go over to flickr and join the elsiemarley group so you can show off your fabric piles and patterns and finished garments. While you are there check out the eager beavers who have already posted some gorgeous pictures, like these guys:

kcwc collage day on

  1.  de-stash dress
  2.  dog shirt
  3.  tula pink tunic
  4.  stripey pants


21 Responses to kcwc fall 2011: day one

  1. venus says:

    I always enjoy doing the challenge. I can’t wait to see what the other have in store! Thank for showing my tunic!! ;)

  2. Kimberly says:

    Love the stripes; super chic and those back buttons are quite special. And that dog shirt! Made in an adult size that could sell for $95 on Topshop in a heartbeat!

  3. Carla says:

    I love that top, and it would still look really cute with a fitted long sleeve top under it. I’m really going to try to only spend an hour a day so I don’t get burnt out but I’m not a very speedy sewist and I want to have more than one thing to show for my week … good thing I bought extra coffee!

  4. Jenny says:

    YAY! I can’t wait to get started! Once I get this coffee in me, I’ll be at it. ;)

  5. Effiie maakt says:

    Ooh wow, i am so honoured that you show my raglan dog shirt! I started making another shirt today already.

  6. Jacqueline says:

    This is really adorable. Great fabric choice for this cute top. ALso…I love sleeveless fall stuff because you can layer and use it in spring if the colors are right. I love it!!!! So excited!

  7. Annapk says:

    Today I made a pair of pants for the 2 year old and wrecked the skirt I was making for the 4 year old! I still give the day a thumbs even though she cried about her skirt, because we picked a new fabric to redo the skirt and, hey! I made pants from start to finish today and the boy REALLY needed new pants (he is potty training :) )!!

    Thanks for the inspiration and push to actually accomplish something!

  8. rachael says:

    can’t wait to get home from work and get started!! also, that shirt is adorable and i’m sure it would look just as cute over a long-sleeved tee :)

  9. Colette says:

    I love that top, the fabric is gorgeous. I love this challenge too, it’s such a good kick up the pants. I started well, but have a surprise visitor, I will dive back in as and when I can.

  10. trula says:

    Love the fabric and top. Good thing you started early. I made a skirt today. Will try and take pictures on our way to school tomorrow morning. As always, thank you for KCWC – it always makes me ‘get my act together’.

  11. Svenna says:

    Hey, I know those pants! :) Thanks, Meg.
    Love your top – never mind it’s getting cold. It’s gorgeous!

  12. fern says:

    that top is adorable! could always be worn with a turtleneck or long sleeved tee in the fall/winter! excited to get some stuff done this week! :-)

  13. Christie says:

    Oh no, I forgot today was the first day! I guess I still have a few hours to accomplish something small…

  14. Tonya says:

    That top is so cute. I worked on my son’s Darth Vader costume. It was a holiday here and quite sunny so I got lots of sewing in.

  15. Jo @ bubala says:

    Love the sripey top – and it looks like it could easily be layered for cool weather.
    I’m up and running, lots of cutting and a little sewing last night, now I need the kids to try things on before I finish – hopefully they fit!

  16. Suzanne says:

    I had such big plans for today…then had a hurt kitty cat bleed all over my bed. The cat is doing better (the quilt had it’s first washing) There’s always tomorrow…

  17. kristin says:

    such a cute stripey bubble top, meg! looks like it’d be fun to wear. happy (second) KCWC – i love that this feels like a big party! :)

  18. Jo says:

    Love the bubble top, great for layering all autumn, and winter and spring! I got in about 3 hours of cutting/sewing (and seam ripping) last night, I was on a roll thanks to KCWC – I agree with kristin that it’s just like a big sewing party :-) Just the waistband to go and I’ve made my first ever pair of trousers! Little two year old ones…

  19. sherry says:

    That top is so cute, and looks so much nicer on too. I also love the Japanese pattern books. Check out what I have made from them here http://whatsherrymadetoday.blogspot.com/search/label/Japanese%20Sewing%20Patterns
    I have been looking forward to this sewing week so I’ll be posting some things on Flicker shortly :-)

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