Category Archives: Children’s

Children’s sizes

Children’s Hooded Robe

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Sorry for the extended absence.  2012 has been hard on a lot of families including our own.  My husband had an extended lay off and now has decided to be a foreign worker in Canada to support us, so hopefully I can get back on the ball now.  Effectively being a single parent to two little ones is an amazing change in my life and props to all the women raising children on their own out there.  I had no idea.

For patterns, I have a lot of ideas and I love getting requests.  If they are for kids, I don’t mind trying to put together free patterns and sharing them.  In August, someone requested the pattern for a hooded robe like I used on my kids Jedi costumes.  I’m horrified it took me so long to get to it.  I do a lot of side jobs and two of them sucked all my time this fall.  I finally finished it this morning.  Please let me know if you have any problems with it.  The hood is one size fits all because it pleats into the collar.   My kids have giant heads so it should work.

Here it is:

boys and girls robe

I Squidn’t Think I’d Get to Squid Girl

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So for my whole adult life, I’ve been pretty obsessed with anime.  Fortunately, I’ve had enough distractions to not let it overtake my life, but wouldn’t that be lovely?

I’m tooling around on the internet today and found a hat pattern made out of polar fleece.  I LOVE polar fleece.  It gives a really cartoony look and is easy to work with.  It’s one of my favorite things to make costumes out of that are based on cartoons.  This is a seriously awesome hat.  It reminded me that I’ve been wanting to do the Squid Girl dress pattern so in the awesomeness that is that Instructable, I decided to move it up the schedule a couple of months and get it out there.  I really need one of these hats, but I have too much to do right now.  Very sad.  So check that out, make one and send me pics so I can live vicariously through you!

Anyway….  Squid Girl……..

Squid Girl is a determined, naive squid with ADD who has come from the depths to conquer humanity so we will stop polluting the ocean.  Underestimating the land dwelling population, she ends up working at a restaurant on the beach in order to start her invasion.  Funny, light hearted, and very entertaining, this show is slightly different than some of the more standard story lines out there.  It’s refreshing and relaxing to watch.  What a cute costume for a little girl though!  Go out to Crunchyroll and watch this show.  Crunchyroll has a free viewing option and is the least annoying site out there with free anime.  I’m a member, be a member.  It’s a pretty great site.

I’ve been debating in my head for a while some ideas for using polar fleece or yarn to make the hat, but the dress is simple.  The instructable gives me an idea though and I believe it could easily be adapted to make a wig for this costume.  Very easily.

Bigger flaps, two colors, more “hair” or tentacles.  It would be fabulous! (Don’t pull it over your eyes, for example).  If you look at the notes on this site, you can see some other people’s interpretation.  Gives me lots of ideas.

So, for the pattern:

Girl’s Squid Girl Pattern (also known as sleeveless dress)

This is in girl’s sizes 7, 8, 10, 12, 14.   So some differences on this pattern.  It’s really easy and pretty intuitive.  I haven’t patterned facings for the neck or arms.  I haven’t written detailed instructions.  If you need them,  contact me.  I would edge the openings in bias tape in blue and use the same blue to stitch on the hem for the decorations.

Good luck and Happy sewing!

Children’s Gi

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Here is the small children’s version of the Gi pattern.  My sons had a great time in these this Halloween using them as costumes.

Pantsless Jedi

3 year old paduwan without pants!

As you can see there are additional layers over and under this gi top.  For this costume I made a little dickie that looked like another layer underneath the gi top.  Since then I have learned that you can use a rectangular piece of fabric to the same effect.

This website about Kosodes is very detailed and informative.  I learned a great deal about some geometric construction in Japanese clothing here.

Here are the Children’s patterns:

children’s gi

children’s gi pants

I wish I were closer to my Tae Kwon Do Master and could continue to train.  I really miss it.  Good luck and as always, if you need help, please contact me at jacquelyne@sew4cons.com

Me at a martial arts tournament long ago

Kids Gi Pants

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A martial arts uniform is not complete without the pants.  This is the pattern for boys and girls gi pants sizes.  I made these with tan fabric for the boys to go with the white tops on their Jedi uniforms.  So you may ask yourself, “Gi’s are easy to come by and cheap, why make one?”  Well, they are that is true, but you can’t necessarily get them in the color you want.  Also they tend to be hard to get in toddler sizes, but never fear, those are on the way.

Gratuitous picture of my son wearing pants.

This is my younger son playing Jedi on a spring horse.  He’s kind of awesomely enthusiastic about things.  When the full outfit was on, there were spats that covered their shoes and pants that stopped short of the knees.  This little one is in the toddler sizes.  It might take me a little bit to get those translated into a pdf file.  Hopefully soon!

Please enjoy this free martial arts gi pattern.  I enjoy your feedback, please let me know if you have any questions or comments!

Gi Pattern for Kids

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This weeks free pattern offering is a Gi pattern for boys and girls.  This past Halloween both of my kids wanted to be Jedi.  If they want it, it must become so.  I’m a terrible sucker for making them costumes.

Jedi Costume

My seven year old paduwan!

One of the fundamentals of this costume is basically a Karate Gi.   Having spent years of my life wearing one, I decided this would be a very easy pattern to accomplish.  Today’s free pattern is a boys and girls GI sizes 7, 8, 10, 12, and 14.  Pants, and toddler sizes are on the way.

This does not include the “armor” pieces or the cloak.   I will include those later on and do a tutorial on how to put this costume together.  Both my kids were completely in love with it.  They wanted to sleep with them and wear them on errands.

Let me know if you have any questions!

 

Sew4cons!

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Welcome to  Sew4cons!

I’m Jacqui and I’m starting up a small scale pattern company specifically aimed at Convention goers and reenactors.  Two years ago I opened my own business selling costumes to history reenactors.  As I’ve networked into different areas of history, I’ve been terribly disappointed at the availability of patterns in the different genres.  With 20 years patterning experience, I think I can put a dent in that.  Hopefully, I can develop this new venture into a reliable source for your costume pattern needs.

Last year, my son started Kindergarten at a school with a strict dress code.  I dutifully ordered ties from the school uniform store and after a couple of months of school realized they were not working.  The kids ties were too long.  I remembered my great aunt making ties for my brother back in the seventies and her saying that they were easy to make.  So, I started making ties for my son that were scaled to his size.  After my first few, I realized I could take apart ties from the thrift store and recut them for him and  we were on our way.  He now has tons of adorable ties to wear and I get complements on them all the time.  To that end I will post my tie patterns.  They are in PDF format and will only cost a few dollars to get them printed at your local print shop on a wide format printer.  No scaling up from a small picture needed!

Supplies:

Interlining:  Housefabric.com

Tie Fabric:  Belraf Fabrics

I’m still working at these and editing them.  Let me know when you find the errors and enjoy!

neck tie child size

bow tie

men’s neck tie

Please credit these patterns if posting elsewhere.  I’m a stay at home mom making my living on sewing and need all the help I can get.