kids clothes week challenge

April 19th, 2010


One of the most popular post here on elsie marley is kid clothes week. I was inspired by this post from Soulemama where Amanda sewed one garment a night for a week for her daughter’s summer wardrobe. The goal I set for myself was just one hour a night (or day) spent in my studio working on summer clothes for my kids. It’s the getting started part that’s always been hard for me, so after that first hour was over I usually stayed another and by the end of the week I had a bunch of clothes for my kids. The momentum actually lasted for the next week and the one after too (I hoped it would continue through the summer, but evening cocktails on the deck killed it, oh well).


Now for the Challenge!

On the second week of May (May 10-17) I challenge you to spend an hour each day working on clothes for your kid’s–or kids’–summer wardrobe.  This challenge is great for those new to sewing and seasoned seamstresses alike–we all have trouble getting off the couch (or off the computer). Summer clothes are super easy and don’t take much time or fabric, so you might have a whole wardrobe by the time the week is up! edit to add: Sorry I didn’t mean to leave you southern hemisphere folks out–fall clothes are cute and easy too! You have three weeks to daydream about what to make and then after a lovely Mother’s Day where your children are beautiful and well behaved and give you very cute presents, you can sew some shorts or skirts or dresses or tank tops with some of that ridiculously cute fabric you have been saving.

If you are interested in playing along (sewing along?) just leave a comment or drop me an email. I will write up a big list of participants and their blogs–though, of course, you don’t need a blog to play along. I’ll try to make a button too, so you can show everyone you are in the kid clothes week challenge. From now until the second week in May I will post some tutorials for kid’s clothes that I’ve used or that I really like. So what do you think, sound good? Are you in?

168 Responses to kids clothes week challenge

  1. Marina says:

    Oooh, I’m in – hope i’m not too late to sign up.

  2. meg says:

    would you believe there are already 160 of you signed up! blazzam!

  3. Valeria says:

    Really challenging, an hour a day, uau. I think I’ll give it a try…

  4. Shanee says:

    Please sign me up!

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  6. jackie says:

    i would love to join in.

  7. Katherine says:

    I want to participate too! I think this is just the motivation I need. :)

  8. Two Pockets says:

    This is just the challenge I need to turn part of my giant project stack into wearable clothing!

  9. wendy says:

    is it too late to be added in? I’m just finished up with a play production, and at total loose ends with what to do with myself. Sewing for my daughter sounds like a great idea!

  10. Emily says:

    If it’s not too late I would love to participate! I have been daydreaming about summer clothes for my boys, and this is just the motivation I need to get going!


  11. Jessica says:

    I’m in! I love sewing kid’s clothes!

  12. Courtney says:

    I’m in. I’ve been meaning to finish filling in the wholes in my daughters summer wardrobe and haven’t gotten to it – here’s my motivation! Thanks so much.

  13. Susan says:

    Count me in!!!

  14. Tanya Hein says:

    An hour a day. I can do that. I WILL do that! Thanks for the motivations!

  15. Shael says:

    I will really, really do my best to be a part of this challenge… mantra to self. I have summer dresses started and fabric picked but have been stuck at the point where I get my kids to stand still for 2 seconds for me to size them properly, ugh. No excuses! I’m marking that week on the calendar right now.

  16. emily says:

    sign me up please!!

  17. Natasha says:

    Oh my goodness! I hope I’m not too late. :S
    I don’t have kids, but I sure do love sewing for them!

    I’ll be posting my projects at

  18. Sara says:

    just discovered your blog today! this sounds like fun…I have plenty of projects waiting to be done, this will be great motivation!

  19. Kim says:

    Count me in, I am looking forward to the motivation.

  20. heather says:

    Great idea. I have already started. visit my blog for free clothing tutorials:

  21. miktha says:

    Better timing, my kids need new clothes..
    This gives me more motivation.

  22. Count me in!! I really need to start sewing more clothes for my own kids :o)