the amazing kids clothes week

May 18th, 2010

1. McCall’s vest 2332 and bow tie, 2. Day 1, 3. Tea towel pants, 4. Kids Clothes Challenge, 5. annabelle in ruffle top, 6. Baggy towel pants, 7. 90 minute shirt with pleats, 8. Princess & the Pea Sundress – 2, 9. Goldfish

I was a little unsure about kids clothes week when I first posted about it. There are enough tasks to get done everyday, I didn’t want to add to that list and make mothers out there crazy (or crazier).  But I thought maybe we could eek out a little bit of time each day and that wouldn’t be too much to ask.  Then blazzam! You took that little bit of time and ran with it. I am floored by the creativity and skill and perseverance of you all.

1. front, 2. Ice Cream Dress, 3. yellow pants . front, 4. kids clothes week challenge :: day 1, 5. sailboat pants – on alice, 6. WIP – polka dot dress, 7. kids’ clothes challenge – y’s shirt, 8. kcwc rainbow leggings, 9. Vintage Dress

There is inspiration in the flickr group to last all summer long.  I cut out twice as many patterns as I got to sew last week–and I’m sure I’m not the only one–so the group is sure to keep growing.  Looking at all that you’ve made makes me want to sew so much more! The list will never be completely crossed off and I’m ok with that. Thank you so much for doing this challenge with me.  I had a blast and my kids were pretty excited too. One of the participants (arg I can’t remember who) said her daughter told her it was like Christmas getting all these new clothes!

I will definitely be doing this again next year.  We could beef it up with prizes (most completed projects, most botched projects, most beautiful on a hanger, most beautiful on the actual child…) or we could just keep is as it is.  You guys made this challenge successful, so what do you think it should be like next year? Really, I want to know.

40 Responses to the amazing kids clothes week

  1. Thanks again Meg! It was the best incentive, loved seeing what everyone was up to – as a direct result I a now have several more tangents to run with!!! It’s also motivated me to get more organised and do some sewing for myself – YAY!!! I will be looking forward to the next challenge. Michele x

  2. I liked it just the way it was. And I found it a great inspiration. I was not home for a bit over a day and during this time I hand sewed a lined hat for my daughter! I would have never done something like this if it hadn’t been kids clothing week :)

  3. britt says:

    i like it just the way it was. i don’t need a prize if feel that i accomplished a lot and that makes me feel good. and i got to see some really cool projects for kids along the way. always a bonus.

  4. Marlena says:

    I loved doing this, even though I cranked out my one piece in one evening. I love the idea of a cold-weather challenge since it will motivate and inspire me to learn how to make something from material other than pillow cases :) Thanks for organizing!

  5. heather says:

    who does’nt love prizes, but reading your blog and seeing the beautiful creations that others had made was a prize in itself, what a perfect challenge as is.

  6. mel says:

    Yes, please do it again! Maybe not wait until next year?! I had a lot of fun, made a list longer than the time I had (and am still working on it), and got LOADS of inspriation from others! Thank you!!

  7. molly says:

    I think the only change for next year is that you should adopt my children during kids clothes challenge week. Would you mind that? :)

    The work of all these talented people has been amazing. So inspiring. If only I had countless hours and a working sewing machine!

  8. I had a blast and thought it was perfect this year. Would love this to be a twice-a-year event!

  9. Rebecca says:

    I agree with everyone else- it was great just how it was!

  10. Hi Meg, I sure do need to thank you for organizing this challenge, I thought it was lots of fun, and it helped me get a head start on birthday sewing, so maybe I won’t be up until 1am this Sunday barely finishing my daughters gifts in time. (Except probably I will anyhow, but still, thanks!)
    Now I’m going to go see who made that red polka dot dress!

  11. Cassis says:

    Grr… I’m jealous I didn’t get anything done during the kids week challenge. I was overly abitious AND my sewing skills weren’t what I thought they were… So I’m practicing for the next one!!! I love the Pics posted above… I had a couple of similar items in mind myself.

  12. Sarah says:

    AH, I just found you…This sounds like such a great challenge. Maybe next time!

  13. Dacia says:

    oh! i love all of these!

  14. Valerie says:

    In my opinion everything in the blogland is less fun once there is a contest or like involved.
    The way it went just suited me fine (if only I hadn’t been sick at the wrong time -grrrrr)
    May I suggest the idea of a seasonal (therefore 4 times a year) kid clothes challenge ?
    And… thank you for orgazing this !

  15. Valerie says:

    okay i read the previous comments… maybe i’m a little too motivated to sew for my daughter !! TWICE a year would be wonderful, i’m up for it :)