Monday, 9 March 2015

‘Wild Things’: KCW Inspiration

I was extremely gutted to miss the last Kids Clothes Week challenge, we were busy and had family visiting. I think the reason I was most gutted; (apart from the fact that I think it was the first KCW I hadn’t joined in with to some degree in 3(?) years) was because the theme was so cool! It was upcycling, and we all know how much I love upcycling!!

So, just when I thought that theme couldn’t be topped, the good people at Kids Clothes Week announced the theme for the up-coming season: “Wild Things” … um are they picking the themes tailor made for me???


A cursory glance at my Pinterest boards, particularly 'Little Girl Style' and 'Noah Style' will show you that I have a penchant for: yellow, grey, pastels, a touch of monochrome, stripes and polka dots, floral (especially Liberty) …. AND quirky animal-themed clothing!

Here’s just a small selection of the animal themed clothing from those 2 Pinterest boards (see the boards for source links.)

Sewing Inspiration

I realise now that about 80% of the animal themed clothing I’ve pinned has cats on it, so I guess I have a subconscious obsession with all things feline! (#closetcatlady) … also, I guess cats aren’t exactly ‘wild’ animals … so I’m not sure if domestic animals come within the theme – but who cares… I’d claim it!

There are so many ways this theme could be interpreted. On the most basic level you could use fabric with an animals printed on it (like Pipi's Bambi vest or Isabelle's Budgie Dress), leopard print, you could applique or embroider an animal on your garment (similar to the rabbit on the yellow pinafore above); OR you could go all out and make your child actually look like an animal! There are varying degrees of that last option as well – ranging from something subtle  like Isabelle's Owl Sweatshit (below) to full blow animal costume!











budgie dress

Speaking of full costume, it just so happens that not too long ago I purchased a copy of Molly Goodall’s book  'Wild Things' to Sew and Wear  from Book Depository. I haven’t sewn anything in it yet, but I am tempted to make something in it for KCW… maybe the racoon vest or bumblebee rain jacket!

wild things book

See, I told you this theme was tailor made for me!

Are you sewing along this time? (You’ve got time to plan, it’s not until 20 April) How would you interpret the theme?

Jen x


Jenya @ While she was sleeping said...

Oh yeah I am excited about this one too :) I missed 3 KCW's now (gasp of horror), so am planning on sewing along this time. Besides, my daughter desperately needs new clothes so no excuse to miss out this time!

Wendy said...

I'm pretty excited about this one too, given I've missed the last 4 months of sewing due to first trimester fatigue and the aussie summer making my sewing space unbearable (particularly with an internal incubator!) I love those tights you've pinned and the bunny pinafore and tiger sweatshirt!!!! actually it is all pretty cool stuff! Jenya, my little miss has just had a growth spurt and coming into winter means clothes are required too!

Leonie said...

I wish I could! But you are totally going to nail this one! like all the others of course but this theme is very you!