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wrap up: kcw feb 2015
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wrap up: kcw feb 2015

Sadly, another Kid’s Clothes Week has come and gone. Not so sadly, a ridiculous amount of awesome clothes were made! Most of those were made by taking old and ugly clothes and turning them into new and amazing kid clothes. You guys took the UPCYCLED theme and ran with it! Once you learn how to sew, you start to notice the fabric all around you: sheets, pillows, curtains, blankets, not to mention the clothes. You used all these things and more to make a complete wardrobe of fashionable kid’s clothes.

wrap up: kcw feb 2015

1. bill murray upcycle by Tara 2. day 2 leather shoes by Paulette 3. sweater dress by Carin 4. upcycled dress by Amy 5. taylorfied dresses by Melissa 6. a new coat from a woolen blanket by Jo 7. gold metallic stars birthday shirt by Heather 8. mini from maxi t-shirt by Nicolette 9. such a sweet pea by Holli 

The collage above shows off some fantastic upcycling that happened this season, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. So many of this season’s featured garments were upcycled. If you ever feel like you need a little inspiration when it comes to making new things out of old things, you can check out all these posts or search the project pool.

wrap up: kcw feb 2015

1. tiered valentines dress by Bethany 2. broken and sideways heart tee by Roxanne 3. striped and floral tunic by Celina 4. heart kensington tee by Adrianna 5. loved by Jess 6. long sleeved theo by Eva 7. lounging pants and cool hat by Tereza 8. heart applique red wool dress by Amanda 9. pink for the boy by Saskia 

A little bit of a Valentine’s day theme emerged this season too. Red and pink and hearts all over! Can that adorable baby be my valentine, just so I can squeeze those cute chubby cheeks of hers?

wrap up: kcw feb 2015

1. star print top by Toya 2. fungi (and gal) skirt by Holli 3. furry plum wool coat by Erin 4. theo with zipper by Fruits de Mere 5. mustard and polka dot dress by April 6. cashmere sweater to sweater dress by Kelly 7. nature walk pullover by Gail 8. railroad stripe hosh pants by Angela 9. vintage denim smock by Megan 

Sewing kid’s clothes is an unusual hobby. It takes a lot of time to learn how to sew and to learn how to sew small garments takes even more time! Lots of people give me a funny look when I tell them I sew my kids’ clothes, but just because some people think it’s weird doesn’t mean that you are weird. You are dreaming up beautiful things, choosing your materials with a discerning eye, and making your ideas come to life. This is not weird. This is brave and bold and super awesome! Not only are you awesome, but you are teaching your kids to be awesome too: to express themselves creatively, to do things everyone else doesn’t, and to wear cool clothes to boot.

Every season you amaze me. I hope this season you succeeded in amazing yourself too. Happy KCW!

 

day seven: kcw feb 2015
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day seven: kcw feb 2015

Welcome to day seven of Kid’s Clothes Week! You did it: One hour each day for 7 days! Pat yourself on the back!

day seven: kcw feb 2015

1. 80’s sweatshirt flashback upcycle by Shelly 2. bunny shirt dress by Jenni 3. polka dot pants by Molly 4. upcycled star sweater by Mieke

This morning on Facebook, I asked if this season’s KCW was a boom or a bust. Some people answered that it was a bust, because they only finished one thing or they weren’t productive enough. KCW is not about knocking out a ton of fabulous, stylish, handmade outfits. Some people can do this, but it’s not what everyone is expected to do. I think if you sat down to sew (or cut or trace or pin) everyday this week, then you are amazing! Even if–especially if–you had to rip out every seam you sewed.

Not everyone has the fortitude or the courage to commit themselves to creating things. Taking an hour each day to do what you love is difficult and wonderful. I don’t want to hear any, “I wasn’t productive enough” stuff. You should be very proud of yourself!

day seven: kcw feb 2015

1. pleated blouse to ethereal dress by Tathra 2. upcycled straight jeans by Elena 3. jeans to apron by Amelia 4. woodland sweater by Saskia

That said, sometimes the kids get sick, or suddenly the baby starts teething, or things just go pear-shaped. You are needed elsewhere, you can’t commit to doing something for yourself. It’s okay–life always gets in the way. I want KCW to show you that you don’t need a gorgeous studio or tons of free time to make the ideas in your head a reality. You just need to do a little each day to make beautiful things (and be amazing people).

I will be back next week with the big KCW wrap up. Until then, go pat everyone on the back with a comment or two and tell them how awesome their creations are. They might think what they made was only o.k. when really they are knocking it out of the park.

day six: kcw feb 2015
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day six: kcw feb 2015

Welcome to day six of Kid’s Clothes Week!

day five: kcw feb 2015

1. upcycled wool cape by Amanda 2. upcycled sweater pants by Shelly 3. men’s shirt to toddler dress by Zoe 4. upcycled girl’s romper by Shino

Day six already! How are you spending your hour today? Hemming? More hemming? Swearing off hemming forever? Or maybe you’ve caught the bug and are cutting into more fabric! It’s hard not to be inspired by the KCW community and all the gorgeous clothes they are making.

day five: kcw feb 2015

1. aquabats by Brittney 2. miss mote bunny pants by Emily 3. yellow baby pants by Maria 4. stripey shirt dress by Erin 

Not only is the project pool full to the brim with amazing handmade clothes, but instagram is overflowing with all kinds of great KCW photos too. Are you following the #kidsclothesweek hashtag?