We had a busy summer and I let my blog fall off the marketing priority checklist, but I did have some new releases! I released two romper patterns plus two new cutting files over the summer. Today I’m going to feature my two new romper patterns.
In June I released the Oh, Snap! Romper and Tee Pattern. This is a basic loose-fitting romper for babies and toddlers still in diapers. It features a snap-shoulder to go over heads easily and painlessly. It also has a snap in-seam for easy diaper changes. This pattern comes in sizes newborn to 3T with two sleeve lengths and pants and shorts options, as well as a T-shirt option. It is designed for knit fabric.
In July I released another romper pattern and this one may be my favorite pattern yet. This was designed specifically for my youngest, who hates wearing clothes and tends to always be warm. The Mud Pie Romper is a cool and comfortable tank romper. It’s loose-fitting, also features a snap in-seam, and is perfect for summer. It comes in sizes newborn up to 3T and is designed for knit fabrics.
The Race Day Pattern Collection has been released!
This has been such a fun project for me to work on and I’m very excited to announce it’s release. This collection started as idea for the first shirt in the collection and I began with the intent of it being a quick and easy project but that grew into a collection of three shirt patterns.
Today I’m just going to give a quick overview of the collection and then over the next three days take a look at each individual pattern and my testers’ photos.
The Race Day Collection includes the On Your Mark, Get Set, and Go! Patterns, as well as the Starting Line Tee Pattern, a freebie available in my Facebook group.
There are two main features of the Race Day Collection–pockets (because every kid loves pockets), and vertical color-blocking. Each shirt in the set has a different kind of pocket and arrangement of the color blocks.
The way that the shirts are color-blocked make them great for using up knit scraps (you know that little bit at the end of the width that’s too narrow across the stretch to really do anything with?), showing casing special fabrics, and combining colors.
The sleeve options in this set make these patterns a year-round staple. Each pattern can be made sleeveless, short sleeved, or long sleeved, with layering options for the short and long sleeves. And the wide range of sizes–12M up to 18 make this a pattern you’re sure to reach for again and again.
The patterns are available separately or as a bundle in my Etsy shop.
My testers went above and beyond for the Criss-Cross Applesauce Pattern and I’m so excited to show of their creations.
First some flat photos for fabric inspiration:
I designed this pattern for boys but my testers showed that this pattern works great for girls too! It’s fun for me to see the girly versions since I just sew for boys.
Of course, this pattern is also great for boys. Check out these boys versions!
A big thank you to my testers!
Jamye C.–visit her page here!
Ine V.–visit her blog here!
Rachel P.–visit her page here!
Amanda B.–visit her blog here!
Jeanette C.–visit her page here!
Wendy C.–visit her page here!
You can get this pattern in my Etsy or Craftsy shop, on sale for $5 through the end of the day!
My newest pattern–the Criss-Cross Applesauce Hoodie and Tee–is released today!
This pattern was inspired by a couple things. I wanted to create a kangaroo pocket that did not need to be sewn on to the shirt (mine always end up not quite straight!). I also wanted to design a pattern that would use some fun fabrics as accents.
The Criss-Cross Applesauce was the result of this inspiration. It is a wrap-style shirt with a built-in kangaroo pocket that “peeks” onto the fabric underneath.
My original pattern only included a hooded and long-sleeved version, but my testers suggested hoodless and short-sleeved would make it versatile for all seasons and I love the results! My first shirt with the new options got me thinking spring!
The Criss-Cross Applesauce now has options for hooded and hoodless, long and short sleeves, and a waistband or hem, making it perfect for any season.
This pattern is great for boys or girls and comes in sizes 12M through 10.
You can get this new pattern in my Etsy or Craftsy shop! It’s on sale for $5 through Friday!
Join my Facebook group for inspiration and help with this and other KJD Patterns!
Check back tomorrow for a look at all my testers’ creations using this pattern!
Testers play a huge role in getting a pattern ready for release. My testers for the Brandt Shirt worked so hard and were so willing to make more than one shirt. I could not have released this pattern without all their help and feedback.
So take a look at all their versions of the Brandt Shirt and be inspired to make your own!
I always get a little bit of fabric-envy during my pattern tests. I can never seem to find the fun print knits that other people do. Take another look at all these great fabric combinations:
Again, a big thank you to all who tested for me (in no particular order):
- Maria, check out her blog at MSL Creations
- Amanda, check out her blog at Lamb and Ewe Crafts
- Kristi, check out her blog at KopyKat & Kidz
- Monica, check out her shop at Pooks&Jam
- Rachel, check out her page, PookeeBub
My latest pattern, the Brandt Shirt has been released!
I really don’t know what the source of inspiration for this design was. It just sort of happened almost by accident when I was working on the neckline of another pattern.
The main feature of the Brandt Shirt is it’s high cross-over collar. This collar is a bit like a turtle neck, only with a lapped detail at the front. I think the collar adds a bit of sophistication.
Even though the Brandt Shirt looks dressy, it’s also comfortable enough to be a play shirt. I, of course, designed it with my boys in mind but it looks cute on girls too, which you’ll see in my tester photo round up coming soon.
The Brandt Shirt is quick to sew and suitable for an advanced beginner. It’s designed for knits, with 4-way stretch knit with at least 75% stretch recommended for the collar.
The Brandt Shirt can be purchased in my Etsy or Craftsy shop and is currently on sale for $5 through Tuesday (regular $8)
A few people have asked if the Sugar Cookie Romper can be made without the hood. Yes it can and here’s how!
(You can find a PDF version of this tutorial here).
You will need to cut neckline binding according to the chart below (binding measurements sized for interlock. (To find the measurement of a neckline binding I take the measurement of the neckline times 0.8 plus the seam allowance. You may find you need more or less, depending on the stretch of the material you are using.)
1. Fold the neckline binding in half with right sides together so the short edges meet. Sew with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
2. Fold the binding in half the long way wrong sides together and place around the neckline on the right side of the fabric. Match the neckline binding seam with the notch in the back neckline. Match the center of the binding with the center of the front neckline. Stretch the binding evenly around the neckine. Sew into place with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
3. Flip the binding up. Press the seam allowance towards the romper and topstitch.
If this is your first time sewing on neckline binding here is a great video from Threads showing the process.
I added a car applique to the front. (I probably should have stabilized the back, but I didn’t have any stabilizer at the time. The edges turned out a little wobbly.) If you’re wondering why the wheels are so big compared to the car, it’s because I had three monster-truck obsessed males giving me opinions on the size of the wheels. You can download the template for this applique here.
Here’s a look at the un-hooded version of the Sugar Cookie Romper, just as cute and comfy as the original.
(Monster slippers were made using the Wild Thing Slippers pattern from Peekaboo Patterns.)