It’s Kids Clothes Week! I’m not even going to explain what that is because I feel like I’ve blabbed about it plenty of times – but if you don’t know what it is (no shame!) you can find all the 411 here (does anyone actually say 411 any more!?)
So last KCW I wasn’t able to participate (for good reason) and this time around I’m not participating either (for an even better reason!), but I just can’t help but want to be involved! I’ve been watching the build up on the KCW blog, and following people’s preparations on Instagram (#kidsclothesweek) and now that it’s started, awesome sewn creations are littering my blog and IG feed and I’m so jealous!
At one point I started to think maybe I could participate. I printed out a bunch of patterns and even got a few cut out and taped together. But before that I was motivated to sort through this ridiculous stack of patterns first. It felt great to get those organized before I started cutting out new ones.
When I went to the fabric store to get supplies for Halloween costumes, I stocked up on knits for my stash and started dreaming about what they could become.
But alas, I realize that it’s just not going to happen. I find that I’m able to squeeze in only about 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there, but no where near an hour of sewing. And photographing and blogging? Well, forget about it. So I don’t have much time to sew, but instead I dream of all the things I want to sew. I have a rapidly growing list of projects that I know I could never keep up with even if I didn’t have a newborn. So I end up hoarding more fabric and patterns and ideas and it’s driving me a little crazy that I can’t actually get my hands on any of them. Sewing is my outlet and I’m starting to feel trapped and stir crazy without it!
Here is my messy and neglected workspace. I took this picture a few days ago while holding a fussy Kaya and bouncing on my yoga ball wondering, “When will I ever get to sew again?”
Well as if Kaya heard me, she actually gave me a little time for sewing that night and my first project was this . . .
A super fast and simple project – an eye mask for Hideko. Kaya is sleeping in our room right now and several times a night I’m turning on the light to change a diaper or feed Kaya or pump or something, so I made a thick and cozy eye mask out of some leftover Fanfare flannel so Hideko could continue to get some shut eye.
Besides that, I’m actually trying to do some pattern testing and of course, Halloween costumes! The goal is to have them done by this weekend for some upcoming festivities, but I’m not sure if that’s going to happen. I’ve decided to go half store bought, half handmade for Yuki’s costume and here’s as far as I’ve gotten so far . . .
Only problem is Yuki changes her mind about what she wants to be every 15 minutes. I went with one of her picks and told her she can’t change her mind anymore, but how do you explain that to a 3 year old? And now she’s got her heart set on something else and when I told her it was too late she threw a huge fit, so uhh . . . we’ll see how things go. As far as I’m concerned, she’s wearing the costume I made or she gets no candy, right!?
I’m also trying to convince her that this is a sufficient Halloween costume 😛
Ok, this is a super random blog post. Just felt like checking in with you guys and seeing if you are all sewing for KCW. I love seeing everyone’s creations and I’m hoping I can sew along next time! Until then, I’ll be trying to soak in as many as these moments . . .
Ok, can I just get a communal “awwwww” please? Yeah, I thought so 😉
Be well, friends!