day seven: kcw october 2015

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.



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  • Reply Lightning McStitch October 25, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks Meg! What’s Kid’s Clothes Week without a little bit of bad language. 🙂
    Oh, and in the absence of limes, lemons are ok with your gin!
    Well done everyone, and thanks again Meg for cheering us along.

  • Reply Jess October 25, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    bahahah! I’m loving the ‘disguise the fact you can’t iron for shit tunic’!

  • Reply Melissa Q. October 25, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Hahahaha!! So true! Failing sucks but it’s a great (albeit evil) teacher. 

  • Reply Leslie October 26, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Excellent insights on failing 🙂  There’s nothing like spending your precious sewing time on something that comes out backwards.  If that makes you a better person, I must be pretty damn great!!

  • Reply Karly Nelson October 26, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Such a perfect post! Loved reading it! I love sewing along with KCW!

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