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July 2014

wrap up: kcw july 2014
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wrap up: kcw july 2014

Another season of Kid’s Clothes Week as come and gone. This season started off a little slow. When summer evenings are so lovely, it’s hard to sit in front of a sewing machine. But you put in a little time everyday and look at all the amazing clothes you made:

wrap up: kcw july 2014

1. blue bites by Deb 2. bow pippa dress by Tathra 3. blue gathered cosi swimsuit by Kristin 4. dress for the wedding by Alexis 5. liberty theo by Kristi 6. newborn pjs by Abby 7. bookworm button up by Shelly 8. dotty blouse by Lucinda 9. poppy top by Amy

Many of you chose to make a garment or two with the theme KID ART in mind. I love all the different directions you took with this season’s theme! Your kids painted and colored on fabric, you ironed on their designs, you translated their obsession of the day into beautiful garments, and you chose fabrics that looked like little kid masterpieces. The results were one of a kind, just like your kid!

wrap up: kcw july 2014

1. watercolor dress by Cherie 2. cat sweater by Jenny 3. robert morris sculpture tee by Shelley 4. first birthday tee by Tara 5. partly cloudy dress by Emily 6. school bus tee by Brienne 7. fish tank by Jane 8. hello tee by Jenny 9. illustrated by the boy by Kesh

We have some fantastic things coming up! There were almost 400 of you sewing along this season! Later this week, we will pick one of you to win the participant giveaway. Our contributors will be back in the coming weeks with some interviews with KCWers. The popular series, Why I Sew, will also be back in a few week. So stay tuned! But first maybe a cocktail in the back yard. After such a phenomenal week, you deserve it!

day seven: kcw july 2014
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day seven: kcw july 2014

It’s the last day of Kid’s Clothes Week!

day seven: kcw july 2014

1. star ash jumpsuit by Christie 2.striped dress with pocket by Jenni 3. bear pjs by Angela  4. elsa and agatha by Mel

Only one more hour to sew and then another KCW will come to a close. Did you find your hour each day this week? Did you begrudgingly sit down in front of your machine only to look up and realize many hours had passed?! Or were you counting the minutes while ripping out stitches? It’s hard to find time to think somedays much less plan, cut, sew, press, and photograph. Taking an hour each day to do what you love is difficult and wonderful. You should be very proud of yourself!

day seven: kcw july 2014

1. pom pom scarf by Marisa 2. you are my sunshine jumper by Kesh 3. celestial birds tee by Anna 4. sunny top by Sara

If it all fell apart the second day or if you sat back and watched this season, I hope you are inspired to join us in the fall!  If you have been so busy sewing that you didn’t click the sign up button yet, go do it now! We will pick a random participant to win this awesome giveaway. I will be back later this week to announce the winner and wrap up another fantastic season of KCW!

 

day six: kcw july 2014
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day six: kcw july 2014

Welcome to day six of Kid’s Clothes Week. We’re in the home stretch now!

day six: kcw july 20141. vampire tee by Shelley 2. retro racer shorts by Lucinda 3. you are my sunshine skirt by Kesh 4. theo in mango by Mieke

Here is a burst of yellow to brighten up your sewing studio! When I look at this bright and happy collage of handmade clothes I am inspired to make simple garments out of bold fabrics, complex garments out of simple fabrics, and to put unexpected details on basic patterns. What I am saying is that your work makes me want to SEW ALL THE THINGS!

day six: kcw july 2014

1. drawing together sunsuit by Emily 2. scirocco dress by June 3. budgie dress by Jenny 4. kid art sally dress by Annie

Because you guys do sew all the things! And you make them your own with handmade fabrics, or just plain fantastic fabrics, or by changing the pattern a bit to suit your child or your style. Sometimes “being creative” feels like it has to be a big thing. But paint a doodle on a pocket and suddenly you make a simple dress into a treasure heirloom. Sew some elastic in a painted rectangle, and you have a modern work of art. Creativity doesn’t have to feel so overwhelming that you keep putting it off, like organizing your closet. It can be a little detail that brightens up your whole project.

Now turn off the computer and turn on your sewing machine! You have to go SEW ALL THE THINGS!