Archive | September, 2014

What is Wrong with the Kittens? (or Why Unisex Clothing is Good for Kids)

unisex clothing for kids

just do it!

If I asked you to think about most girls clothing what sort of images come to mind? Here is what I get:

Kittens, kittens wearing bows, kittens wearing lipstick and heels, kitten heels, bows, lipstick, hearts, kisses, girls and boys kissing, PRINCESSESS (a lot of these). Stars, frills, tiaras. Pink, purple, tiny bikinis.

What have I left off? Oh yes inappropriate designs & slogans which are creeping slowly and inexorably into our little girls clothing  like this one recently posted by an appalled Dad*.

Now bring to mind boys clothing. Trucks, trains, planes automobiles. Dinosaurs, racing cars, monsters and camouflage. Green, khaki, black and Blue. Diggers, planes, skateboards too. ‘Rad’ ‘Awesome’ and Supercool.

By the way this stuff is NOT awesome at all.

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Work with a big W?

Work (big W) and work (little w) or is that two big W?..

Work (big W) and work (little w) or is that two big Ws?..

Since starting the muka kids journey I have found life to act in a strange series of serendipitous events. 

For example, a day of serious self-doubt (and what I see as quite reasonable desire to just have a straight forward job with a predictable income and a level of security for my kids) is followed up by chancing upon this interview . It was with a soil scientist (Stephen Nortcliff) about changing the lives of women in rural India via a self-composting toilet, which not only gave them a loo when they had never had one, and better hygiene but also brought about an organic crop growing system with the ummm proceeds would you call them?

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We Have Design Prototypes in Organic Fairtrade Cotton!

 Let me introduce the sampling stages of garment development (Indian Styles!)

  1. 1st stage: prototypes
  2. 2nd stage
  3. Approval
  4. Other
  5. Pre-production
  6. Production
  7. Photo
  8. Size Set

As I am only up to stage one I have no idea what the other seven stages yet involve, but they both excite and frighten me!

This week I got some of the prototypes of the first designs. The prototypes are the fully made up design in the right type of fairtrade organic cotton fabrics, but NOT in the right colours – colour tests come next  – (so fear not, these are not for dressing mini all blacks). The first prototypes do not have any of the trims and prints either – so to you that is no pretty pictures on the garments yet.

The prototypes give an idea of how the fabric drapes, how the pockets look, the weight and the stretch of the fabric, and the basic shape and fit. There are some changes that I have already picked up need to happen, which is great, though frankly lets hope I get a bit more decisive by the time sample stage 6 comes around!

I must say they do feel lovely (all fairtrade organic cotton tends to feel very different from standard cotton).

Here they are (the Grinling Hoody is still to come)…..

ropey tee in first prototype

ropey tee in first prototype

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