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wrap up: kcw october 2015

The craziness of Kid’s Clothes Week has passed and now you get to sit back and admire all that you have accomplished. And wow! you have accomplished so much! Inventive with the theme? Check! Gorgeous finished garments? Check! Happy kids in handmade clothes? Check!

wrap up: kcw october 2015

1. heart raglan t-shirt by Sara 2. stella 2 by Amy 3. bold crop set by Erin 4. stickly rocker pjs by Eva 5. wild animal pajamas by Melissa 6. baby jumpsuit by Boeven 7. lined autumn proof pants by An 8. lion t-shirt by Janelle 9. bimaa sweater and relax fit pants by Annika 

Halloween? Check, check and double check! These are only a few of the amazing Halloween costumes you made this season. There were hippos and swans, little lukes and big obi wans , mailboxes and cookies. Would you look at that fresh baked chocolate chip cookie! So cute. I tried to talk my son into being a pb&j or a hot dog or something ridiculously fun to sew, but no. He wants to be a ninja just like last year. Oh well.

Whether you sewed something your kid wanted or something you wanted, all that matters is their homemade Halloween costume is done. Now you can send them out to gather chocolate peanut butter cup for you, because when you make the costume you get dibs on the candy!

wrap up: kcw october 2015

1. gone batty by Holli 2. unikitty top by Raphaelle 3. pirate waistcoat by Becca 4. paw patrol costume by Angela 5. chocolate chip cookie by Roxanne 6. happy gnomes by Jennifer 7. organ grinder monkey by Jordan 8. woodland fairy by Annie 9. hermione costume by Allie

KCWer are spread out all over the world and it is so wonderful that we can all come together and share our (slightly odd) love of making kids clothes. I might get weird looks when I say I made my child’s clothes, or too much praise for a two-seam skirt I made, but you know just the right thing to say. Because you know what an accomplishment it is to make your first pair of pants, you know how hard it is to make perfect buttonholes, and you know what a pain in the a** it is to sew with tuile.

wrap up: kcw october 2015

1. Charles by Liselot 2. wool pajamas by Melissa 3. my first blue jeans by Lisbet 4. mustard bucks by Masha 5. suspender shorts by Lindsay 6. louisa dress in disguise by Boeven 7. alice’s tea party dress by Nele 8. elephant tunic by Nuala 9. louisa/ileana by Kim

So now that you have a bit of time, jump over to the project pool and leave a comment or two. We might live nowhere near people who know the right thing to say when we finish sewing something we are proud of. But you do.

Stay tuned! Our contributors have lots of good stuff in store for you in November ! And if you are interested in being a contributor for the upcoming winter season on KCW, please email me at kidsclothesweek@gmail.com with a paragraph about yourself, a link to your KCW profile page, and a few photos of what you’ve sewn.

day seven: kcw october 2015
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day seven: kcw october 2015

You did it! You made it through another KCW. A bit of sewing everyday took you from just thinking about what you could make to holding a one-of-a-kind creation that you did make! Not everyone has the wherewithal or the stick-to-it-ness to do that. You should be proud of yourself.

day seven: kcw october 2015

1. all the scraps tee by Kama 2. batman hat by Anna 3. wolf sweater by Nathalie 4. noah’s stripey harems by Jenny 

You should be proud of yourself even if all you sewed is an ill-fitting t-shirt with wavy seams. Everywhere you look these days people are talking about how great it is to fail; how we should fail more and “fail better.” While this might feel bold to say and inspirational to hear, mostly I think it’s bullsh*t. Failing sucks and it feels even suckier. When the shirt you spent hours making for your four-year old looks like your four-year old made it, it’s pretty unrealistic that you are going to say, “Wow, look how great I failed!”

You can cry about the failure (I usually do) or laugh it off or go all Edward Scissorhands on that crappy shirt. You don’t have to like failing, but you do have to start again the next day. I want KCW to teach you, and to teach me, that one failure or even 100 failures doesn’t mean you can’t start again.

day seven: kcw october 2015

1. disguise the fact that you can’t iron for shit tunic by Shelley 2. two in one ole jacket by Joke 3. wild thing recess raglan by Tami 4. charlie hack by Sylvia

Once to learn this (I am still trying) it becomes easier to roll with the stupid mistakes you make–and no matter how good you get you will always make stupid mistakes. Shelley did this with the floral tunic she made (pictured above). She burned a part of the fabric with her iron, then fixed it with some frilly bits. The project is titled “disguise-the-fact-that-you-can’t-iron-for-shit tunic,” which not only wins for best title ever, but it’s a cute tunic to boot!

This is failing better kind of stuff. Lemons to lemonade stuff. Sometimes I can turn lemons into lemonade, but sometimes I throw the damn lemons out and buy some nani iro to make me feel better.

HAPPY KCW!

 

day six: kcw october 2015
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day six: kcw october 2015

Welcome to day six of Kid’s Clothes Week. Only today and tomorrow left in this sewing season! It can be hard to find an hour to sew on the weekend. It can be hard to want to sew for an hour during a lazy weekend.

day six: kcw october 2015

1. a wolf in lamb’s clothing by Megan 2. baby grandpa cardigan by Erin 3. bucks by Brittney 4. dragon costume by Toya

Give it your best. Just sit down in front of the machine with that shirt (skirt, gold lamé jumpsuit) and do one hem (buttonhole, pocket, appliquéd starburst). And well, while you are there, you might as well do another….before you know it, the hour is up and you have a finished piece!

day six: kcw october 2015

1. lovely monsterheros in disguise by An 2. autumn neoprene skirt by Fabienne 3. panda pocket top by Jessica 4. not-so-disguised dolman by Rebekah

 You guys have been doing wonderful things with prints this season. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a fabric more fantastic than that monster print! And who would have thought that they make neoprene in prints, much less in gorgeous purple and orange prints. I have seen that panda print somewhere before–because I’m the one that designed it! I was quite chuffed to come upon it in the project pool. You guys know how to make my day.

Now stop looking at these fabulous finished garments and go finish some of your own!

HAPPY KCW!