April 7, 2014

Kids Clothes Week: Day 1

It Kids Clothes Week! In honor of KCW, and for just this week only, I will attempt to blog daily and document all sewing [through mostly cell-phone pics]. 

Sew clothes for your kids. One hour a day. Each day for seven days. 

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Today I was able to sew for about an hour and half. I am still sewing along with Project Run and Play, and I'm still running a couple of days off schedule (thanks to a couple of sick and snow days between Weeks 1 & 2). This means I'm still sewing for Week 3.



The Peanut came over to watch me stitch this morning. Typically she only comes over to watch bobbins winding. My sewing space is in our family room and the machine sits on the divide between her playroom space and the "No Zone" of my sewing space. 

Briefly documenting Kids Clothes Week, Day 1. | The Inspired Wren
A rare moment of meeting with each of us on either side of the divide.

I first tackled the dreaded button-holes.

Briefly documenting Kids Clothes Week, Day 1. | The Inspired Wren
My least favorite moment of construction -- I'm always fearful I'll create a button-hole so horrible I'd have to scrap the entire piece. 

I even took the time to change to white thread for the upper button-hole, and then erased the water-soluble marker.

Briefly documenting Kids Clothes Week, Day 1. | The Inspired Wren
Still wet, but done.

I swapped out the called-for-band-plus-ties for ribbon and finished constructing the bodice -- still not sure if that will work for this pattern.

Briefly documenting Kids Clothes Week, Day 1. | The Inspired Wren
Love the look of the shine next to the texture of the linen.

And then I prepped the bodice for the next step.

Briefly documenting Kids Clothes Week, Day 1. | The Inspired Wren
I easily spend more time on prep work between steps than on stitching.

I had just enough time to trim the sides of the skirt panels, sew the seams, and press the prettily pinked seam-allowances.

Briefly documenting Kids Clothes Week, Day 1. | The Inspired Wren
They'll probably never look this neat again.

Tomorrow's goal is to complete the outfit so that it can be photographed in the late afternoon. I'm hopeful but not making promises (to myself or to you).



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You should really see all that goes into each project!
From my model preferring to wear washi tape on her belly button instead of the clothes I've sewn for her, to the ingenious way that I’ve re-purposed my favorite sewing tool, a chopstick, into a spool pin for double needle sewing on my machine. Daily updates on Instagram (and Flickr) of works-in-progress will give you that behind the scenes view you’re looking for, and sneak peeks of First Tuesday Tutorials, too.
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3 comments:

  1. ooh that is looking great. It's TDD perfect party, right? Love what you are doing. Now, is KCW where you are supposed to also sew something for you, too? I am getting all of these confused.

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  2. Mini me! That is it! I couldn't find it the first time I looked on their blog. Anyway, are you sewing something for you, too?

    http://blog.kidsclothesweek.com/2014/03/announcing-the-dates-for-kcw/

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    1. Yeah. Nope. I've always liked Kids Clothes Week for its basic premise of just dedicating one hour a day to sewing for your kids. This is the first season they've added a "theme" but there's no requirement to sew to it. I was already planning on sewing Week 4 PRP this week (before they announced the theme) and just figured I'd document that -- and that's exactly what I'll do when I eventually get to it...

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