kids clothes week challenge: day 7

May 16th, 2010

hey look! you made it to the last day of the kids clothes week challenge! One hour left to hem everything you spent all week making. It’s been amazing to see what everyone has made by just working a little bit everyday.  Some people worked on one garment all week and other people managed to sew up something new everyday.  I finished up these shorts today. The pattern was from Happy Homemade Vol. 2 and he’s wearing the shirt I copied from the book too.

I started these on Friday and I was lucky enough to spend that evening sewing with some of my friends. Friends who were nice enought to join in on the challenge and they made some of their first garments for their little ones.  Sitting around a dining room filled with sewing machines (and cake and wine) talking and laughing was wonderful. This challenge has been like that, only with 200 people around the table!  I am absolutely floored by the things you have sewn and the momentum you created by sewing everyday. A lot of people have asked me to keep the challenge going for a few weeks! And really there is no reason you should stop.

It has taken me all week to figure out I’m making clothes that are a size too big for all of my kids. So even though I got a lot done, most things won’t be worn until next summer. I guess I’ll have to do the week over for this year’s wardrobe, but I honestly don’t mind. I’ve learned a bunch of new things and sewing doesn’t feel like so much of a task any more. What about you? Did you have a good time? Did you cross everything off your list?

28 Responses to kids clothes week challenge: day 7

  1. Christie says:

    I love those shorts! So great! I didn’t get everything done…still have a dress I’d like to sew today, but we’ll see!

  2. Christie says:

    Oh, and yes, I had a GREAT time. What a fun challenge. Thank you!

  3. I got more done than I had planned – but the police telling me to stay locked indoors for 5 hours one day helped me find a bit more sewing time than I expected…

  4. mon ami says:

    These shorts are perfect. I’ve been loving following your sewing for the week.

    I also ended up making clothes that are a little on the big side but I’m hoping they will just be a bit baggy this year and fitting next year (fingers crossed).

    And of course I am nowhere near done my list ( but I am thinking of it more as a summer long project list now;)

    Thank you so much for organizing this, sharing your projects, creating the flickr group and overall inspiration


  5. Chrissy says:

    I really loved this challenge. And while I didn’t even come close to finishing my list, I got way more done than I ever would have otherwise. Plus, now the momentum is there and I really think I’ll be able to finish everything within another week. The problem is after seeing all of the delicious frocks that everyone else has made, I’m afraid my list may be growing! It is truly so, so inspiring to see what other’s are making for their little ones.

    Thank you so much, Meg, for organizing the challenge. I’ve had a blast!

  6. jess says:

    This challenge was super fun! Thanks for being the impetus for all the creativity.

  7. Jessica says:

    I loved this challenge! It was great to see all the inspiration, at one point I said…I’m done!…but then saw something in the flickr group that I had to make! lol. Thanks for challenging us!

  8. Islay says:

    It’s been great! I’m going to spend a little time tomorrow morning finishing of the things that didn’t quite get hemmed and posting the pics, but I’m so pleased with what I’ve done!

    Those shorts look fab, now I want that book…

  9. Erin says:

    This was so fun. I didn’t get everything accomplished that I had planned but I had lots of fun and it has definitely encouraged me to continue making clothes for this summer.

    Thanks for doing this!!

  10. dana says:

    where’d you get that yellow/white striped rug? Ikea?
    Been looking for something like that…

  11. I had such a great week sewing – 7 days of sewing, 6 new items for my son’s wardrobe. I’ve still got a big pile of fabric and a lot more things I want to make, but at least I know he’s got something to wear when the weather gets colder here.

    Thank you so much for hosting the challenge. I’ve added quite a few blogs to my reader from the other participants.

  12. I had a blast! This was so much fun! I didn’t get everything done, but still did a lot more than I would have otherwise accomplished. More importantly I tackled a pattern that always scared me and I love the end result. So thank you!!!

  13. Ellen says:

    Those shorts turned out Great! Glad that it all worked out in the end – the pockets look like they are exactly in the right spot.

  14. Natalie says:

    It has been so fun to see what you have made and I just love these shorts!! Hey – at least you have been making a size too big and not too small. I am following you now, so I hope you do this again soon, when I have fair warning, and I can join in! Maybe sewing for Fall clothing in late August? :)

  15. Sherry says:

    I didn’t get as much done as I had hoped but this week really got me started again! Thanks so much for getting us all together. It was fun knowing there was so many of us out there all working on the same thing. Now maybe we can have a challenge to make some stuff for ourselves…

  16. pamela says:

    yes! this was so fun and so motivating! thanks for starting this. i didn’t get done all that i thought i would, but i did do something every day. which felt good. everyone’s comments were so positive! and i found some cool new blogs because of this. the internet is fun…. now i have to do some laundry!

  17. Nancy says:

    Hey! did I manage to squeak in under the wire?

    thanks for hosting such an inspiring challenge. I didn’t get much done, but the fire was lit and I hope to sew some more before May is over!

  18. I am so impressed and so pleased to learn a new source of cute clothes to try out! I spent the week on various projects, but only one clothing outfit. This challenge inspired me to sew an outfit for a baby shower today and I finally mastered (sort of) bias tape! Yay!

  19. I loved participating. Thanks so much for organising it!

  20. Jennifer says:

    I did not even officially join the challenge, but was so inspired by what I saw on Flickr, I managed to sew several things for my girls. And I agree that the “challenge” can easily run for a few more weeks. I made a pair of shorts for my daughter today and plan to make a lot more.

  21. Well I didn’t nearly half as much as I wanted to, but I wouldn’t have done anything if it wasn’t for your challenge. Some fab things to bookmark and try for my lad. Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. I never get as much done as I think I will. But I did get a few things completed that I’m super happy with, and more things that I hope to get to soon. So thank you for getting the momentum going.

  23. Karin says:

    Great shorts! Unfortunately I didn’t participate with the challenge, it sounds like lots of fun. But maybe next year, if you are hosting again, I’ll be definitely in!

  24. Georgi P. says:

    THANK YOU ELSIE! I too had a blast participating and blogging about this challenge. It was so much fun to participate in something with folks that think the same way and share the same thoughts and ideas. It felt like I was hanging out with some really cool sewers all week long! So thanks again so much and please consider doing another one!

  25. Georgi P. says:

    oops, I mean THANK YOU MEG…!