KCW interview: Rachel from Stitched Together

Hi, I am Sophie Crespy and I am so happy today to be here to share with you an interview of the über talented Rachel who blogs at Stitched Together and is one of our KCW participants.

Rachel is a great source of inspiration for me not only as a sewer but also as a woman and mother. Her blog is probably my all time favorite. I enjoy seeing the beautiful garments she creates for her four children, but I also appreciate the quality of her photos and the content of her “daily life” posts. She is one of these bloggers who always answers your comments mindfully. As a sewer, she has a way of turning trendy patterns into something unique and beautiful.

Here are some of my favourite garments she created for KCW in the past (and I will be showing other personal favourites from her blog along the way!) :

KCW interview with Rachel of stitched together

1. chic kids inspired pinafore 2. a {modified} hanimi dress

Rachel’s new born baby is due anytime, but she was kind enough to answer my questions!

1. When did you start sewing your children’s clothes? Why?

I started sewing regularly around 6 years ago.  I was drawn to sewing after seeing boutique clothing that I loved but couldn’t afford.  I loved the idea of creating something unique for my kids while simultaneously having a creative outlet.  As time went on, I learned more about the ethical issues surrounding how clothes are made: unfair labor practices, sweatshops, etc.  One of the things I appreciate about making my kids’ clothes is that I know exactly how the clothes were made.  My kids have also learned that clothes don’t manifest themselves on magical clothing trees.  There is a person behind each piece of clothing.  Garment sewing takes time and care.   Even though I don’t make all of my kids’ clothes, I’m glad my kids are aware of the process behind the making of a garment.

KCW interview with Rachel of stitched together

Lotta Dress: what can I say: this Lotta Dress is perfection!!

2. When was your first KCW and how did it go?
I first participated in Kids Clothes Week in the spring of 2012.  It was amazing! I loved the creative energy that came from a whole group of people sewing together.  That energy inspired me and I was able to get so much accomplished.  I think I was more inclined to justify neglecting my laundry, dishes and other household responsibilities when KCW was held bi-annually.   I have participated in every KCW since, but that first one was my most productive.

KCW interview with Rachel of stitched together

Bohemian Babydoll dress  : this is one of the most recent dresses she blogged about! I am in awe!

3. How do you balance your work/ family/sewing time?
My husband says that perfect balance is like a unicorn – it sounds beautiful but is mythical.  We homeschool, my husband works a lot, we have four (soon to be five) kids.  I first and foremost want to be present at home, and yet I hope to demonstrate to my kids that they are not my entire identity.  Sewing is a form of self-care for me.  It’s been easier to sew recently, being our youngest is nearly three.  I can work on projects here and there while she’s awake- which is a recent turn of events.  But with a new baby due to arrive any day, I am expecting it will be harder again.  I try to remind myself that I have my whole life to sew whereas the season with a baby in arms passes so quickly.  I really want to soak that up as much as I can.  (But yes, I will definitely still make time to sew!).

KCW interview with Rachel of stitched together

Hide and seek dress: this is the kind of fabric she chooses that makes me love her style !

4. How do your children influence your sewing?
My kids are still young enough that I mostly sew what inspires me.  I know there are certain things they won’t go for – for awhile my older girls were opposed to shorts – but for the most part they are very flexible and gracious recipients of what I make for them.  I feel really lucky about that!

5. What inspired this piece you made for this summer’s KCW?

KCW interview with Rachel of stitched together

That was a pretty practical decision.  I love dressing my newborns in gowns – they’re so convenient for frequent diaper changes.  I don’t enjoy shopping much at all and my daughter and I struck out when we went thrifting.  Rather than do more shopping, it seemed just as easy, but so much more special, to make my own.  And it was!  It was such fun (and simple!) project!

6. Why do you sew?

I love the creative outlet that sewing is.  I love getting something done that stays done.  I love the rush I feel when planning or finishing a project.  And perhaps most of all, I love the beautiful community that has been formed around this hobby, that to so many of us is so much more than just a hobby.  In some ways, it feels more like a way of life.  I know I wouldn’t be where I am in my sewing without this amazing community.  For that I am incredibly grateful.

Thanks for having me, Sophie!

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Isn’t she amazing? So much talent and so much depth in one single woman! you have got to be impressed! Well that is all from me today! Stay tuned for more interviews and inspiration from us on the KCW blog!

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  • Reply Lightning McStitch August 5, 2014 at 8:15 am

    yay Rachel! So glad that Dan (who can use burlap ribbon, hot glue guns and redraft armscyes – the list is getting longer!!) got to get a quote in there!
    Good luck for a bearable labour and happy, healthy newborn.

  • Reply Brooke August 5, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    I loved this! I am a Mom of four so this really resonated with me.

  • Reply kristin August 6, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Oh Rachel, you’re one of my faves.  Such a thoughtful person and damn you’re good with color!  I’m now stalking you via comments you leave on other blogs to see if you’re in labor yet… 😉

  • Reply Kristi August 6, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Great interview Sophie! I never really thought about sewing so that I could do something that “stays done,” but its so true. Nothing ever stays clean in my house but at least the kids can’t unmake their clothes (though they often take them off before we can get out the door).

  • Reply Fiona August 6, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Rachel, I love how you are so real about life, and create the most beautiful things!

  • Reply Erin August 6, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Rachel’s blog has always been a favorite.  Her style is effortless and always so beautiful!  I wish she would become my personal fabric shopper!! 

  • Reply annika August 7, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Well, who doesn’t love rachel’s blog? It’s just so beautiful. I highly enjoyed the interview! And rachel, has the fifth arrived yet? Wishing you all the best!

  • Reply rachel August 7, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Thank you so much for these sweet comments.  And nope, no baby yet!  🙂

  • Reply Lucinda August 9, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    So excited to read an interview of Rachel here! What a perfect choice, as she has all of us in awe of her amazing talent in sewing AND photography, and delights us with her great slice-of-life posts. I adore Rachel’s style and am continually inspired to buy the latest pattern she has sewn/blogged. Her color choice and design are impeccable! 
    Thinking of you in these last days before you meet your baby, Rachel!

  • Reply Ethnic park August 12, 2014 at 6:46 am

    sewing clothes is an art.  Good job.

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