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Jenn from A Jennuine Life on KCW
spring

the first garment I ever made for my kids: Jenn

This post is going to be a little different than the rest of the first garment posts shared here by my lovely fellow contributors, as my first garment was not sewn.

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The first garment I ever made for my *future* kids was a knitted cardigan.  I began working on this, which is the cable yoke jacket from Simply Baby by Debbie Bliss, when I was pregnant with my first daughter Arden in 2008.  I cast on before we knew what we were having, and I wanted a gender-neutral color besides.  Orange was the winner!

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 This and other knitting projects were my saving grace since I was put on bedrest at the end of my pregnancy for gestational hypertension.  This was pre-blogging, so my creative outlets were shared only with family, friends and Facebook!

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I could not have chosen a better project – this little jacket has warmed both my girls from infancy on through toddlerhood.  With a turn of the sleeve it worked for Arden while still crawling and on through until she was about two years old.  Here it accompanies another Mommy made (and a first refashion) item – the 90 Minute Shirt from Dana at MADE.

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I love the cables on the yoke!  I’m not a fast knitter, and I appreciate some details to keep things interesting as I knit and purl along.  This jacket has it all – seed stitch, cables, a cute collar, and some stockinette for some rest in between the details!

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After a stint in storage, the sweater got to come back out to keep Hadley cozy.  Hadley was larger than Arden at the start and was able to wear it from about four months on.  She’s still big for her age and now at two and a half, Hadley is only a few inches shorter and about three pounds lighter than Arden is at five.

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Showing off her smoulder.

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Hadley even sported the cardigan for her first birthday pictures with The Party Dress I made using The Cottage Mama’s free pattern.

Sadly, the jacket is now too small for Hadley to wear, so I’m planning to hang it on a cute wooden hanger in her room as part of a gallery wall in her room.  Maybe some day it will pass on to one of them to dress their children in!

Renee from Nearest the Pin on KCW
spring

the first garment I ever made for my kids: Renee

Hi sewers/sewists/seamstresses/people who read the KCW blog, this week we thought it would be fun to have a look back at some of our earliest sewing projects. I’m going to show you the first two patterns I sewed for my daughter.

My earliest projects are not that old, I’ve only been sewing seriously for about 2 years – but they are pre-blogging. There are no photo shoot shots, just candid real life ones and mostly from my iPhone, so apologies for that. I’ll show you some of these and then talk about a few things I’ve learned between then and now.

Rae’s Big Butt Baby Pants

I didn’t even appreciate back then what a great learning pattern this is. It’s a really simple sew. I’m sure you’re all familiar with this pattern, but just in case, there is a really cute separate panel at the behind to give extra room for the nappy/diaper. It introduces sewing curves which is helpful as these curves are less intimidating than setting sleeves. For a simple pattern they still look pretty professional IMO. And apparently babies can get away with some pretty crazy fabric combinations (see below – not sure what I was thinking)!!

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Abby’s Polly Peasant Dress

Also a great beginner pattern – there are only two pattern pieces, the front/back piece and the sleeve. The elasticated neckline slips over the head so there are no zips or buttons to worry about. The other great thing about this pattern is that my little girl could wear this as a dress at 15 months old and now she can still wear it, but as a tunic at 2 and a half!

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So my first garments didn’t turn out too badly – it was when I first started sewing with knit, not too long after this that I really produced some disasters!!

What have I learned from these first sewing adventures?

1. Quilting cotton is not the best choice for clothing. Do you agree? I find it a bit stiff and scratchy – especially the fabrics I chose here which were just bought from a chain fabric store. I know some of the designer quilting cottons are of a much higher quality and nicer to wear, but generally dress fabrics are the way to go.

2. Indie patterns are the best – when you’re starting out, I’ve found that indie pattern designers really go out of their way to create easy to follow patterns with great instructions and diagrams (Obviously this is a generalisation as I haven’t tried them all). In addition to the pattern instructions you can often find further help on the designers blog in the form of further tutorials, sew-alongs and pattern tours.

3. Mistakes are ok – not every project turns out and that’s cool. While it can be really disheartening at the time, we all learn something from these argh moments and become better sewers. The key is not to let these fails erode your confidence – they happen to all of us.

So tell me, what was the first pattern you ever made for your kids? Was it an indie pattern? What is your stance on quilting cottons? Do share!

 

Brooke from Oliver's Fancy on KCW
spring

the first garment I ever made for my kids: Brooke

When Meg asked us if we wanted to write about this topic, I thought it sounded like fun but wasn’t quite sure that I would be able to find documentation of my first outfit…A quick facebook search later and voila- a picture labeled as “Oliver’s first mama-mades.” Whew! Thank goodness for Facebook over-sharing, right? 🙂  Also guess I should be glad that my eldest is only 3 so I didn’t have hoards of pictures to sort through.

My first sewing for Oliver was two pairs of Anna Maria Horner quick-change trousers. I made them when he was three months old, and I had finally recovered from the adjustment of having a baby to have energy to sew again.  Those of you who know me know that I have a love of Dr. Seuss so of course I had to buy some Dr. Seuss fabric when I found out I was pregnant. I also bought two sewing for baby books- Handmade Beginnings and Simple Sewing for Baby. I wanted to sew some things for him before he was born, but I taught high school English up until the week before he was born and just didn’t have time or energy to do any sewing! These pants (shorts) started my love affair for sewing kid’s clothing. It was so fun to see my little baby in something I had made just for him!226086_10150746744440137_7726795_n

I have a few pictures to share with you of Oliver in his pants, but please forgive the poor photo quality! These pictures were taken with my phone way before I knew anything about photography! I am not a great photographer right now by any means but it’s encouraging to see how far I’ve come! I really wanted to try to edit these pictures up for you a bit but resisted the urge so you could see them in all their original glory (If that’s even an accurate word to use to describe them-lol).

 

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I highly recommend this pattern as a great beginner garment. There are quite a few pattern pieces and instructions, but she walks you through the construction step by step and because the pants are reversible, you don’t have to worry about finishing any seams or anything like that.

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Now you probably want to know how these pants held up for future children, right? Well so far there’s only one sibling to follow Oliver and he was able to wear these pants just fine! The crotch area was a bit snug because he is a chunkier kid than Oliver was and has a big cloth diaper bum. I actually made two new pairs for Eliot during last spring’s KCW and he wore those a lot his first few months. I tried to see if I had any pics of E in the original pants but sadly I couldn’t find any…so bummed.

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What about you? Do you remember the first garment you made for your child? Are you preserving it out of sentimentality or passing it on to other siblings? I’d love to see everyone else’s pictures of their first kid’s garment! That is, if they’re as terrible as mine is. Please make me feel better about the horrible photographer I used to be! Feel free to leave a link in the comments if you blogged about yours so I can go check it out.