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!) :
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.
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.
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!).
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?
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!