Kid’s Clothes Week: The basics

It’s Kid’s Clothes Week, and I have been inexcusably silent.  I have actually been sewing every night this week for at least an hour, and have gotten quite a bit done.  But none of it is very exciting!

I had hoped to have finished off a bunch of projects in the week or two before KCW to share during the week, since I knew that my t-shirt week would not be particularly interesting to the larger sewing community.  But, as is so often the case, life happened.  I did actually finish a dress for N and a pair of pajamas for J, but have not yet had the opportunity (or cooperative children) to take photos of them!  And I finished off a maternity skirt for me that had been languishing in my WIP pile for about 3 months (review to come when I can get photos).  Once the kid sewing is done, I hope to tackle my second Washi dress, which is also sitting around half-finished in my WIP pile.  Shameful!

Creative Counselor: KCW Spring 2013 Prep

Thrifted t-shirts and patterns all ready to be cut for KCW.

But this week is boring kid t-shirt week for me.  Many bloggers and sewists use KCW to make more elaborate or detailed kids clothing, but I tend to go the opposite direction.  I use the motivation of sitting down at my machine and sewing for my kids every day to make the boring basics.  Last fall it was pants, and this spring it’s t-shirts.

Creative Counselor: Thrifted t-shirts cut and ready to go for KCW Spring 2013

All cut and ready to go!

Both my kids need basic spring/summer t-shirts.  The kind they can run around in on the weekends and not have to worry about getting mud or grass stains on.  BUT, I find sewing a whole slew of t-shirts to be incredibly boring (still, I’m not willing to pay the prices I’d have to pay for basic t-shirts when I can make them out of a $0.99 thrifted men’s t-shirt and 45 minutes of sewing time).  KCW provides the perfect motivation!

Creative Counselor: Finished Flashback Tee

N’s first finished t-shirt. Purple, of course — I want her to actually wear it!

I cut 7 t-shirts on Sunday evening (4 for J and 3 for N).  I’m using the Flashback Skinny Tee for N, and a combination of the Flashback tee and the MADE Basic Tee for J.  After 3 evenings of sewing, 4 of them are complete — 2 for each kid.  My parents are coming to visit this weekend, so most likely Friday and Saturday night I won’t get any sewing time.  I’m still holding out hope that I’ll finish the remaining three with a night or two left for some more “fun” kid sewing.

My amazingly talented photographer friend, Crystal, is coming to stay with us for a week in May, and will do the kids’ 2- and 4-year-old pictures for us.  (Seriously, she’s awesome. Check her out, particularly if you’re in the Twin Cities area).  We’re planning 2 photo shoots for the kids, and I have grand plans for photo outfits.  My current plans include making 6 different items, so I’d better get cracking!


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