I’m sure you have all heard of Kids Clothes Week. It’s this awesome idea Meg had that we take a whole week (7 days) and sew for our kids for one hour, each day. I’ve participated once before, and this time decided to take a different approach. I’m sure I have mentioned this here before, but I am a competitive person. I like to do my best, but even more, I want to be the best. It’s an ugly beast I fight with often, but KCW brings this ugly beast out in me. I have a hard time seeing everyone else eeking out beautiful outfits each day for their kids, while I am just sewing three measly items. I am thrilled for those of you that have the time to sew a new outfit for your kids each day, but it makes me want to be just as good as you are. It makes me want to be able to sew just as much as you do.
Well, this KCW I tucked that ugly competitive beast away, hid it in a drawer, and happily sewed three things for Sweet Pea. Any other week I would be rejoicing that I sewed three things for my girl, so why not this week? Want to see what I made?
My first sew was a simple gathered skirt out of this beautiful Wee Wander fabric I ordered just for Sweet Pea. I ordered just a yard of this fabric, asked Sweet Pea what she wanted made out of it and got to work. She requested a skirt with shorts underneath. The shorts are just a self drafted leggings pattern that I tucked in the skirt, and attached all together when adding the waistband. Last week I remembered that I had a bunch of Dandelion Drift labels left over (from years ago) when I owned an etsy shop.
My second make was another simple skirt, this time a line, and again with shorts underneath. For each of these skirts I made sure I paid attention to all the details, like two rows of stitching along the hemline, or stitching through the top of the waistband to make sure the elastic doesn’t flip and twist. The fabric from this skirt was a thrifted knit. I love this fabric…the colors in it are just perfect and I love the scenery!
Lastly I made a pair of scallop shorts (pattern soon to come from Peekaboo Pattern Shop (affiliate link)). I LOVE these shorts. Amy took her time on this pattern to make sure the scallops were just right, not too shallow, but not to deep. If she ever made adult patterns, I would want this one in my size! I used a chambray in this one, and again, slowed down to pay attention to details. I topstitched a lot of seams in bright pink. I thought all the topstitching would help with durability, but also help these shorts appeal to my pink loving girl.
I have to confess that come Monday night, I was bummed to only have finished three things. (I do have one more skirt cut out, but ran out of time to sew it). For a minute I thought about staying up way late last night to sew a few more pairs of shorts, I don’t know if that was to try and impress you all, or to try and be the best, but I came to my senses and found joy in the three things I did sew!
Did you all participate in KCW this go around? Does the competitive beast bother any of you? I’d love to know that I’m not alone!