kcwc spring 2011: day seven

May 15th, 2011

handmade top and shorts

I am just under the wire with this post. Today is (was) the last day of the kids clothes week challenge and I am all challenged out. With the little bit of sewing mojo I had left,  I managed to finish–well almost finish–this tank top for my son today. I’m not totally on board with the whole sewing with knits thing yet, but I picked up a bit of the softest blue striped knit at the thrift store and I had to at least try. So I faked it and pretty much made it.

muscle shirt

A matching one for his little brother is in the works. The shorts I eeked out from some random thrift store yardage as well. I had to use some scraps for the pocket, but it’s kind of a cool detail I think. They are from the same pattern I’ve been using all week and I think I could sew it in my sleep at this point.

orange shorts

It was a stripey kind of day in the flickr pool. I want to eat that little shiso baby up, she’s so cute. Check out all the matching outfits Mimi made for the whole shiso family!

1. fashion show sunday 2. flat from shorts 3. sailboat top 4. linen pants

It’s been a pretty damn fantastic week, I have to say. But there will be much reminiscing and showing off and patting each other on the back this week, and maybe even a prize or two. Did you have a good time? Or do you never want to look at your sewing machine again?

24 Responses to kcwc spring 2011: day seven

  1. Annika says:

    I had so much fun! I took the weekend off, and now I’m finding myself thinking about what to sew tomorrow…

  2. Chrissy says:

    I had a great time! But I was definitely feeling the pain by the end of the week and will probably need a little break from my machine :) Thanks so much for hosting the KCWC again! I think it’s my most productive sewing time throughout the whole year!

  3. It was great! I got two sneaky finishes in last night that I didn’t have time to photograph, so they’ll be blogged today or tomorrow, but all in all I’m pretty pleased with myself. And I’m loving looking through the flickr group for inspiration and new blogs to follow.

  4. kelly says:

    i loved it! it really made me push myself to get things done & i love getting to see what everyone is making too,
    thank you x

  5. Sophie says:

    I went out too hard and the beginning and got burnt out by day 3, so I had a break until day 7, and then turned into a crazy woman trying to get things finished. I punctured my finger in the sewing machine . Was it worth it? Yup. What are we all going to do between now and next KCWC?

  6. Lisa says:

    I had a great time and got lots done- thanks for hosting it – only problem is I looked at all the fantastic clothes on flickr and now I have a whole lot more of “need to sew” projects ! Will take a little time away from my machine for a week or so but can see I will be back at my machine soon – at a more leisurely pace though.

  7. carolyn says:

    Thank you so much for hosting this! I am exhausted but I had such a great time!

  8. Sascha says:

    What I like best about KCWC is that it gets me motivated to really push through projects. I even found myself tracing more patterns last night. My least favorite task. I also loved seeing all the stripes in the flickr pool this week. It’s actually what motivated me to make the Sailboat Top at the last minute. That one wasn’t in my original plan for the week.

  9. Shannon says:

    Thank you. I was able to sew a couple of things for my daughters and get a jump on cutting out the outfits for the summer. I did not get burned out, in fact I am trying to find ways to incorporate sewing in my daily life. I was happier and the house was cleaner, go figure, I thought it would be the opposite. But with having a set amount of time to sew I was able to focus on other things until my time to sew the next day.

  10. Brooke says:

    This was fun! I can’t wait to do it again!

  11. Carla says:

    I am so tired, but so glad I joined in! Thank you so much for hosting, and highlighting the shorts I made. Seeing what everyone made and discovering lots of new blogs has been so fun. I love those orange shorts. Now I’m off to take a nap, maybe tomorrow all my neglected chores will get done!

  12. LauraB says:

    Looks great! I loved doing this, and plan to keep it up, hopefully an hour a day. It was a great motivator for me. Thanks for doing this challenge!

  13. I didn’t participate this time (JUST learned to thread my machine) but wondering if you had a link to the pattern for those shorts? I love them!

    • meg says:

      Allison, they’re from the japanese pattern book, Happy Homemade vol. 2. If you look it up on etsy there should be a few copies for sale.

  14. Amanda says:

    I think this was a terrific idea and I hope to have better luck next time..hopefully without a teething baby. I’m not much of a seamstress, so it takes me a while to figure things out too… not very efficient yet. http://lacafetiere.blogspot.com/2011/05/sewing-and-slurping.html

  15. I’m beat, unwashed, a little bloodied, but my sewing machine and I have definitely rekindled our lost romance – unhealthy though it may be. Now I’m dreaming of all the grown up sized things we could make together. Maybe a few more wee items as well.

    Meg – I can’t thank you enough for hosting! It wasn’t always pretty, but it was just the kick I needed to feel like my old self again. Thanks for bringing us all together and inspiring us to create! What an amazing, brilliant group. I’m in awe.

    Maybe this week needs to be Kids Clothes Photographing and Blogging Week Challenge? I have some catching up to do.

  16. Thank you – I get so much more done during these weeks when I feel like I have a deadline – or at least an excuse – for sewing. I even got out the sewing machine again today. Only to patch a hole in my jeans, but still. Next up is finishing a top for ME, though.

  17. shisomama says:

    I loved it! I had such a great time sewing kooky outfits and seeing what other people were making, and I feel like I’m on a little bit of a roll. Wait until you see what’s up for the next Fashion Show Sunday!

  18. Kimberly says:

    Thanks so much for hosting Meg! I thought I wouldn’t be able to look at my sewing machine again for quite some time, but I’ve already used it, um, twice today…and I may have prepped more fabric to make summer napkins. I think I might be addicted.

  19. Tatum says:

    Thanks for hosting such a great even Meg! I am really looking forward to the next one…I loved taking the time out to spend some time sewing for my own kids and trying some new things. I’ve finally managed to put together my last post tonight :) Tatum xx

  20. sam lamb says:

    I had a great time – thanks again for the motivation to get sewing. My lesson learned this time around is: what I plan ahead never works out and the projects I sew on the fly are my favourites (especially when they are made from thrifted clothes…repurposing just feels good).

    Love all your shorts and fabric choices by the way!

  21. Sophie says:

    What a fun kcwc that was, the wardrobe of petit roubidou is starting to come together! Not sure whether there will be enough space between my growing belly and my sewing machine to participate this autumn, but next spring I’ll try to be on board again! It was brilliant and inspiring to see what other people sewed as well, thanks for hosting Meg!

  22. Laurel says:

    Thanks a bunch for hosting!!! It was a fun week and even though I only made a couple of things, I loved the constant inspiration. It was a good feeling to be part of a supportive and motivated group. I also really loved the designer previews you did the week before. Looking forward to the next kcwc!!

  23. I just love this stripy dress :)