Thursday, March 21, 2019

Kat for Project Farmer's Market

Today we shine the spotlight on Kat of Sew Chibi Designs and the Ichigo Bomber Jacket.

“Hi there! I'm Kat, creator and pattern designer of 🌈Sew Chibi Designs🦄!  In our little corner of the internet, we focus on fashion for the modern kawaii kid: full of off-beat details, bold colors, and clothes with a sense of humor!  My three girls are my muses and we are boundless with our inspiration,  constantly trying to change the perspective on what's accepted in the world of handmade kids fashion! If it's weird, playful, or rainbow-colored, we are there

Every Saturday, from April to November, we visit our local Farmer's Market!  It's one of our most important traditions and is so important to the healthy lifestyle that we strive for!  My girls love to help us pick out what veggies and fruits we should get for the week and they are also fond of collecting the "ground flowers" that collect near the flower stands!  From charcuterie to blueberries, to fresh caught fish, we're always looking for any opportunity to support our local Portland vendors!
Springtime is a chilly time here, so my girls usually need something besides samples of cocoa to keep warm!

For the 🍓Ichigo Bomber Jacket Pattern, I was inspired by fresh fruits and veggies drinks along with Japanese streetwear.  The curve of the color-blocking is supposed to be reminiscent of  juice or milk being poured into a glass!  The Japanese (or English!) applique' options for the back give a retro look to the traditional bomber jacket.  And, of course, it had to have skinny welt pockets that almost look like two straws in a glass!  Pair the Ichigo Bomber Jacket up with its sidekick, the Mochi Bag (a FREE PDF Pattern for Kids and Adults): an adjustable, zippered chest bag with a front pocket, perfect for any day trip!  As with almost all Sew Chibi Designs patterns, the Ichigo Bomber Jacket Pattern as well as the Mochi Bag are intended for girls AND boys of all almost ages (12M-16Y!)”

I choose to make a chest bag freebie for a two major reasons: 1.) Chest bags are all the rage this spring on the runways!  I haven’t really seen many patterns for such a bag; usually you see hip bags for this sort of style.  I love the idea of adapting them for kids! 2.) I don’t know about other kids, but my kiddos tend to lose things when they depend on just their pockets for holding their treasures!  The Mochi bag is zippered bag which makes it easy to keep at their little things safe!  Plus, it looks great under the Ichigo bomber jacket!  The name Mochi came from the Japanese rice cake dessert which is one of my eldest daughter’s favorite desserts!  The two patterns together make a delicious pair!

“From sharing ideas, building off of each other, and all of encouragement from the other collaborators, the whole process was so much fun!  I love how all of the pieces work so well together and that there is something for every kind of style in the collection!  The diversity of designers was one of the best parts!  It was really such a great time getting to know the other designers!”

Head over to Sew Chibi Designs to grab your copy of the Mochi Bag and read more about the Ichigo Bomber Jacket.

hugs + stitches,

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