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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Welcome to day five of Kid’s Clothes Week! Today is the day I usually give my “it’s kid’s clothes week, not kid’s clothes take-the-weekend-off” speech. But I’m not going to, because you know. You know that you can find an hour each day this weekend. You know if you sit down to sew you are going to feel better. You know those hems aren’t going to sew themselves. You know you can do this.
1. wolf, a perfect match by Lieve 2. pjs by Hannah 3. lotta forest skirt by Fabienne 4. mailbox costume by Melissa
Because when your kid wants to be a mailbox for Halloween, you know you are going to sew something that resembles a mailbox. Because how awesome is a kid dressed up as a mailbox?! Looks at all those smiles! Those are some happy kids in some fantastic handmade clothes.
1. secret agent mini southport by Lindsay 2. dachshund pajamas by Stacey 3. davy crockett shirt by Jess 4. craft apron by Ivy
I tend to flit from project to project: sewing a bit here, a bit there. So it’s about this time when I feel like I’ve been sewing and sewing and somehow have nothing to show for it. Then I’ll suck it up and sew a bunch of hems and tada! suddenly I’ve got finished garments all over the place! Do you sew like this during KCW or do you start a project and follow it all the way to the end? Either way I bet you have a little sewing to do!
The winner of the Made by Rae giveaway is Amanda deSerras. Congratulations, Amanda, you won a 5 PDF patterns of your choice from the Made by Rae shop. In her scavenger hunt form, Amanda said, “I just want to win the washi, I have wanted that pattern FOREVER!!!” Do you have a Made by Rae patterns you’ve always wanted? Why not treat yourself?
This was our last scavenger hunt. Did you enjoy them? Yes do it again? Or too much work?