Amazing timing. The same week we had children’s clothes making on the Great British Sewing Bee I’ve seen the next Kids Clothes Week advertised here.
This a wonderful twice yearly online event with lots of pattern designers and bloggers showing off their funky new togs for kiddies.
Of course we don’t quite have the fabric range here in the UK- we struggle to find nice and especially cheap and nice jersey and denim etc so don’t feel disheartened to see people whipping up things that we are unable to reproduce easily.
But really sewing for children is such fun! The garments are small so they are quick to make, they don’t take much fabric so you can splash out a little, and kids just look so god damn cute in stuff you make them! Also no curves to take into account to fitting is pretty easy.
Got the bug? Don’t know where to start? I’m running a class on Wednesday 19th March which will teach you to make some cute elasticised pull up pants. Great for PJs and dressing up costumes but made in cord or linen they are also great for daytime wear. Bring a meter of fab if and I will supply the elastic, the knowledge, the machine, and the tea.
In the meantime I counted my patterns for little dresses (now remember I have three sons!) and came up with 8!!! So I’m doing a sewing week challenge making up one of each pattern. Join me?
I have three boys but only one still young enough to like me making clothes for him, he is six and called Max and has great style!
It’s been really hard in the past to find cool clothes for boys. Luckily I’m not the only person who likes sewing kids clothes and wants to include sons in this. In fact there’s great funky pattern designers who make amazing stuff for boys and there’s even the Celebrate the boycampaign!! There’s a sweet looking book called sewing for boys, I don’t have it so cannot comment on how well it works or even if the patterns are cute but check it out if you see it in a bookshop. There’s several sew-alongs from the book on it’s website Sewing for boys
One of the funky pattern companies is Blank Slate Patterns We’ve made their cool BBC vest (a waistcoat), various pairs of W trousers and now this week I finished the Berkshire Blazer. I had actually cut this out before Christmas but life sorta overtook things a bit. It didn’t in the end take long at all to sew although the combo of chunky top stitch thread and heavy weight cotton canvas fabric meant my machine would not make some of the stitches no matter what I tried 🙁
Here’s some pics. I cannot get this boy to pose at all! Hope you appreciate the filthy patchwork that are our pavements here in East london!
And here’s a pic of Max in full fancy dress (note the army outfit, trilby hat and tie) on the Tube just so you know how stylish he is 😉
After a bit of a lull we are restarting the local stitch and bitch knitting, hooking and whatever else you want to do with a needle meet ups. We will be meeting the fourth Wednesday of every month in the Bell pub on Forest Road from about 8. It’s totally informal and friendly, just having a drink (or not!) and chatting and hooking. Just stitching, no bitching!
Cheekyhandmades will have a stall at the E17 Designers Market on Saturday 2nd December between 2 and 6.
Shop local, shop handmade!