KCW - Why I Sew

Hey Guys! Just wanted to pop in real quick this morning to let you all know that I'm up on the Kid's Clothes Week blog for my final post as summer contributor. It's all about why I sew and it's definitely personal! Would love to here your comments :) So make sure to check it out here.


KCW - Tie Dye Edition

As part of Kid's Clothes Week, I had sworn to myself that I would try some of the techniques I had posted about for the Kid Fabric post I had up on the Kid's Clothes Week blog. One of the techniques that I thought would be a blast to try with A and C would be to tie dye some tees. And because white t-shirts are apparently ridiculously hard to find, I knew I'd have to sew them up anyways.  

I used the Flashback Skinny Tee pattern for all three of these. I think I should have sized them all up. I made a 4 for A and C and a 3 for L. Mostly because of the length, but I do want them to fit a little while still. I used a medium weight sport jersey that I already had on hand. And we went to Michaels to grab some dye. I didn't want to go crazy, but did want them involved in their colour choices, so each kid picked one colour.

The tee that I'm mostly showing you guys here is C's, since A and L were NOT into pictures... L was sleeping during our tie dye experiment, but A and C both did their own. I showed them using L's how to twist and tie elastics, and once that was accomplished we each took turns putting them in the dye and soaking them as desired. We stuck to one colour each to make things a little easier since it was our first time.

The entire process did take a bit longer then anticipated. Since I wanted the neckbands to stand out a bit and not get tie dyed, I sewed this on in one of my last steps. Here is a quick rundown of how the process went:

  1. Sew tees EXCEPT neckbands;
  2. Do the 'fun' tie dye parts!! Knots and dyeing;
  3. Let them dry overnight still tied;
  4. Leave tied and rinse until no more dye comes out;
  5. Remove knots/elastics;
  6. Hang to dry;
  7. Sew on neckbands;
  8. Wash and dry in washing machine/dryer
  9. FINALLY!!! You can wear them :) 
See?!? Lots of steps! But that's mostly because I wanted to make sure that the necks wouldn't curl if I sent them in the wash before I put on the neckbands and I reeeaallly wanted those to contrast. 

Here's a quick glimpse of how all three turned out colour wise. The kids looooove them! They have seriously worn the crap out of these shirts already. I'm thinking this may become a new summer tradition. Super simple yet super rewarding.


KCW Day 2 & 3

It's day 3 of Kid's Clothes Week and let me tell you I have been pro.duc.tive! I think this is the most amount of projects I have ever made for KCW...ever! I spend day 2 making a bunch of white tees for the kids to play up the Kid Art theme, and I've got a Charlie dress that's almost complete thanks to some sewing in this morning. But for now, I'm only going to be showing you the one tee today since it's the only one that's really complete.

When Girl Charlee released this vintage motorcycle jersey I could NOT resist. Ummm, hello, finally something that inspires me to sew for the boys! And not only that, but A has decided that she wants some of that motorcycle action too, so I've got some fun plans for it. But back to L and his shirt.

I used Made by Rae's Flashback Skinny Tee pattern in a size 4T. He measured a 3T, which I sewed up for the tie dye shirts (which you will see soon), but I wanted this tee to fit him for a little while, or at least into the fall. It fits him really good, and I think from now on I will be sewing him the 4 (maybe I should also update my size chart...)! I cut the sleeve pattern piece at about 3" past the bottom of the armhole, since I wanted a longer sleeved tshirt. And used a super soft grey jersey knit that I found in the clearance section at Fabricland. And for 3$/meter, definitely couldn't go wrong!

So technically speaking, I'm not quite sure this tee is actually done yet. I wanted to try to make it work into the Kid Art theme of KCW by having L paint one or a few of the motorcycles. But since I don't have any fabric paint yet (hopefully I will be going to the store tomorrow...) I'll leave it as is for now.

How is your KCW going? Finished any projects yet? Have you tried out the Kid Art theme? Would love to hear what you guys are doing! The project pool looks awesome!!!


KCW day 1 - Prep and Recovery

Kid's Clothes Week has started today! And I'm so excited. Although you may not guess it, since I'll be showering you with non KCW related photos. We just got back from a weekend spent north. Which was crazy, awesome, spent outdoors and full of activity, just to describe it in a few words. 

Clockwise from top left: Sunset Kayaking with A & L; A catching a good sized Blue Gill; Solo kayaking sunset ride; A, C & L admiring a baby turtle the hubs found.

We wound up spending (as usual when we go north) pretty much all our time outside from the moment the bugs aren't too bad in the morning until dark at night. It's been really interesting this year, since the kids have been making a lot more discoveries on their own, without as much prompting from myself (woohoo! Guess who can now sit in a hammock and knit....ok...not really since I'll be asked questions every couple of minutes but you gals know what I mean!). 

Clockwise from top left: L fell asleep in the kayak during one of our rides; A found a grey ladybug; The kids went paddle boating; The baby turtle that the hubs found 

We also spent lots of time on the water, kayaking, paddle boating and fishing. It's nice now that all the kids enjoy fishing and have the patience for it. L is still a little hit and miss but overall it makes the experience way more enjoyable. Speaking of fishing, this weekend was filled with yummy food! Fresh fish for dinner, loads of fresh veggies and fruits for snacks and meals. I couldn't have asked for more! My cottage cooking is still pretty minimal, but I've finally started to get around to figuring out what is doable and what is easy. Which means if I can prep it in advance, it's awesome in my books. Same with if I can load it all in one dish it's even better! 

From left to right: Potato casseroel; A picking wild raspberries; Largemouth Bass hubs caught for dinner

Now back to KCW, I've been prepping a bunch of stuff over the last week or so to sew up this week. I don't want to jinx myself, but we're definitely going to be playing up the Kid Art theme, since we'll be doing some tie dye Skinny Tees, and trying out some fabric painting. I would like to try out screen printing but not too sure if that will happen this week. The kids (especially the boys) are in need of basic things, like tees and shorts. But back to school is already half way here, which means the back to school sewing may be starting up soon as well. Thinking things that will transition from summer into the fall easily here (again with the tees, but also possibly some pants). 

Well I can't wait to get officially started on my KCW! See you all tomorrow with some sewing! :)