by gilda rêvasseur on October 6, 2008

a little while ago, (actually, so long ago. haha!) we did a children’s collection for one of our school projects. i’d never designed children’s clothes before so it was tough! you need to find the right fabrics that aren’t gonna be poke-y, the right sewing methods that aren’t going to interfere with their movements, i mean there really is a lot to consider!

on top of that, i had no idea how to draw kids! hahahaha.

the parameters of our project stated that it had to be based on a certain kind of traditional or ethnic crafts. so what i focused and drew inspiration on was from wayang kulit, which originates from indonesia and literally translates to “shadow puppet”. i remember seeing these long ago when i was really young. thinking back, they are actually kinda scary because they all have these mean faces. but it is really an amazing craft and involves leather cut-outs. it’s quite beautiful as an art form.


so i actually created some prints to go onto the fabrics, which is quite hard to see after i scanned in my designs.

since the collection was based an indonesian art, i also made use of a lot of the shapes and forms that i found in traditional indonesian wear, and the way that they would dress the gods in these cut-out leather pieces. there were a lot of sarongs, a lot of cuffs and gathered puffy pants and sleeves. i found some traditional silk used as sarongs, which is almost like the indonesian/malay form of plaid. then i wanted to use more plaid-ish fabrics and since they were kids, i used gingham.

the collection was called chibikko, which means “little kid” in japanese slang.


personally i quite liked this collection myself. i think a lot of the pieces can be translated to adult clothing, which is what my teacher wanted us to think about as well. just like how marc has little marc! heh heh.

most of all, i want that raincoat, yes i do.

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Mademoiselle Robot October 6, 2008 at 8:34 am

I love this! I wish they were available somewhere, I would definitely dress Mila in these! She is one now and can finally wear all the amazing kids clothes around. Marry me! x


x Miss Corrine x October 6, 2008 at 8:39 am

How sweet! I love the little pink ruffle dress :)


Leanne October 6, 2008 at 8:51 am

what a gorgeous collection!


Cheray Natalie October 6, 2008 at 9:44 am

sooo cute!! i want that umbrella!! it’s adorable xxx


Doe Deere Blogazine October 6, 2008 at 10:07 am

Wheeeee! This is SO CUTE!!! :D

Awesome hanging with you the other day, by the way. xo


Fabulously Broke October 6, 2008 at 2:01 pm

That is really sweet!!!!


Scribbles October 6, 2008 at 3:04 pm

I might have to fight Miss Corrine over the pink ruffle dress – that is so gorgeous!


Ms Constantine October 6, 2008 at 5:24 pm

Hey Gilda

This comment isn’t relevant to the collection but it is about your blog.
I was reading this post in my google reader and realised I hadn’t taken note of who wrote it as I was scrolling through. Then I noticed the blue text and knew it was you!
You’ve done well at making that part of your brand. Just thought I’d let you know.



fashionherald October 6, 2008 at 5:50 pm

I love the kilt, and the sashes are so great for kids. great collection!


Julie October 6, 2008 at 7:48 pm

Oh Gilda! This collection is just adorable, I can pictures my nieces asking for some pieces, they are very fashion forward n_n.



Sara October 6, 2008 at 10:59 pm

I really like seeing your school projects :) I looked through your parsons tag and the samurai collection is really great.


imee October 6, 2008 at 11:14 pm

GIlda!!! So adorable can you make these for my twins????? :)


Annie Spandex October 6, 2008 at 11:18 pm

Those are adorable–you are so talented!


mavis October 7, 2008 at 1:18 am

i hated dresses with the pokey inner lining! i used to get damn grumpy whenever mom made me wear those. and they were sweet and girlie and chio. hate it!


Dayna October 7, 2008 at 3:13 am

AWUH! Those are so so cute



Farren October 7, 2008 at 4:08 am

I like the whole story about where you drew inspiration from for that collection. =)


Miss Karen October 7, 2008 at 6:11 am

aww I love all the pieces – I’d wear them myseld :D


ambika October 7, 2008 at 1:25 pm

That tiered dress looks adorable.


Elle October 7, 2008 at 4:55 pm

oh my, I don’t like children, but damn I love the collection!
and the shadow puppet scares the hell out of me…so scary…
take care!


Em October 9, 2008 at 8:16 am

They are adorable! I very much want that raincoat also- and the pink ruffley dress! *Squeak!*


gilda October 10, 2008 at 1:04 am

thanks guys! this was the first time i drew kids clothes and i actually do like it tons! like, i actually WANT kids asap just so i can make clothes for them. hahahaha!

+mademoiselle robot+
you’re kidding! would you buy these if they were available?? oh my god should i go into production??

+miss corrine+
i think you could actually pull that look off. hee hee!

thanks sweetie!

+cheray natalie+
hahah thanks! unfortunately, i have no idea how to make umbrellas! :D

+doe deere+
thanks!! i had fun talking with you! you’re so cute. <3

+fabulously broke+
thank you so much!!

thanks! what a compliment!

+miss constantine+
wow really? that’s amazing! you knew it was me just from the turquoise? that’s really something for me to remember to use! haha! i’ve just always loved the colours pink and turquoise and it’s the same colours i use in everything :)

i never realised how much that skirt looks like a kilt until you said it! haha!

how old are your nieces? i never knew (or maybe i don’t remember) that you had nieces!

thank you!! that samurai collection is something i’m really proud of. because it was such a struggle getting there!

are you serious? hahahaha!

+annie spandex+
oh stop it! ;)

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA i can so imagine your grumpy face! hee hee!

awww thanks!

yay! i’m glad i took it from a slightly different perspective!

+miss karen+
pfft! so would i! :D

that seems so popular! i’m surprised! wow!

ahahahaahaha i’m sorry it scared you! but it really is quite scary! :)

the raincoat the raincoat!! i love it so much.


YY October 10, 2008 at 8:59 am

Hey Gilda

Thanks for your comment!! <3

I use an ordinary 10mp camera (Casio) that has NO FLASH AND NO ZOOM (thanks to a lump who doused me in a whole bucket of water when I was sunbathing on my holiday!!) so yes I use Photoshop, or Picnik !

I would love to share my story. Maybe I’ll email you someday! :)


melly October 10, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Gilda, the kids are so well drawn! And you say you’ve never drawn them. Awkward in their childlike glory, i like the 3rd girl cos i see my hair on her! And the clothes, the bib front blouse, and then the tiered dress and the last dress – make me adult versions oh!


gilda October 12, 2008 at 3:54 am

WTF who did that!??!?! omg i would be so damn pissed. but your pictures still look so darn amazing! i love the effects. obviously i’m not very good at photoshop. hahaha!

hahah thanks! i drew them on another paper and used a lightbox to transfer and make it look a lot nicer. it took a lot of erasing ok? haha. oh yah that’s your hair! and half of my hair too. hehe. adult versions eh? i kinda want some myself too. :)


Julie October 12, 2008 at 10:40 pm

They are my cousins’ children and I have LOADS of them, all spanning ages 2 – 18.


rachel October 14, 2008 at 11:09 pm

when i lived with my last boyfriend we had some authentic shadow puppets from indonesia hanging in the living room. his grandma was indonesian & gave them to him. they always kinda gave me the creeps though! haha


Clare October 15, 2008 at 11:59 pm

CUTE drawings. The pink pants are quite intriguing… I like them! Actually, all the clothes are superb.


Anna November 8, 2008 at 4:01 pm

These little ceations are gorgeous, and I’m loving every aspect of them. I like the assymetrical sewing on the second one’s pants :]

Shadow puppets, huh? That’s a great concept. What other cultures were used?


deden November 17, 2008 at 1:19 pm

gilda, have you been to indonesia?


Intan May 30, 2009 at 5:23 am

Gilda I’m Indonesian and I can see u did a very good job!!! ;)
P.s. I also want the raincoat lol.


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