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kcw: the aftermath

the aftermath

Let’s be honest.  No matter how organized one is for the start of Kids Clothes Week, we all know how things look and feel after the fact. If you’ve been sewing for a few seasons now, you probably have figured out how to prep your fabric and patterns beforehand to maximize your hour each day.  At the start, I imagine, there are lovely piles of pattern pieces on top of beautiful fabrics or at the very least, a clean sewing room with a list of what you wish to accomplish.

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Seven days later, I’m guessing that’s not the case. Although I’ve heard the rumors about people who put things away between projects.


I will openly admit that it takes me a week or two to get back into the swing of things both physically and emotionally.  Balancing the normal work load and sewing every day is both exhilarating and simultaneously exhausting.  The sewing room generally ends up looking like a tornado came through as I move from project to project.  While most of the time I’m fairly organized, I rarely put things away during the rush of Kids Clothes Week sewing. The pattern pieces are overflowing from the box that holds patterns, all needing to be filed away in my pattern binders.  The pins are left in a pile, instead of neatly slid back into the pin cushion.  Scissors and rotary cutters languish willy-nilly on tables, under piles of fabric, or on the ironing board.  There are threads EVERYWHERE (heaven forbid I’ve used faux fur or fleece) and the pile of fabric bits around the thread catcher is pretty darn embarrassing. And don’t get me started about the seam rippers. All five of mine have gone missing.


If you continue around the house you’ll find the dish washer  full of clean dishes needing to be put away, the laundry pile is sky-high, and the floors are in desperate need of a mopping. Not to  mention a few buttons or thread spools scattered about. And whether it’s a product of catching up on all the house work, or sheer exhaustion from a week of sewing madness, it often takes me a week or two to get back to the sewing machine.

All of this is caused by the lady of the house taking an hour out of her usual business to sew for her children.  But I have to also admit, I’m not in the slightest bit embarrassed.  As I wander around the house putting away the mess, sweeping away the crumbs, you won’t hear me complaining one bit.  The aftermath is worth seeing smiles light up their darling faces as they pull on that new pair of pants or slip into that personalized pair of pajamas they requested. I’ve accepted and completed the challenge and that in itself is quite an accomplishment.

What about you?  What does the Kids Clothes Week aftermath look like around your house?  Is the aftermath worth it to you?