Phew! What a fun week that was. As I mentioned previously, last week was the latest instalment of the Kid's Clothes Week sewing challenge: Upcycing edition. All participants had to do was sew clothes for kids from existing clothing for one hour per day for a week. Basically what I would do every week of my life, if all contributing factors permitted it.
So here's what I made, two pairs of retro running shorts from a dude's T-shirt and a ruffle neck dress from a dude's shirt (probably not the same dude):
I had hoped to have made more things by the end of Sunday but two things prevented that: 1) we had the opportunity to have a little mini-break at the weekend, and putting sewing above a much-needed break would make me clinically mental, and 2) my sewing machine is playing up and I've finally accepted that it needs professional help. There's something up with the ratio of tension between the top and bobbin threads and there's nothing I can do to make it any better. The stitching looks fine from the right side, but inside the garments I've been making recently it looks loose and not very pretty. It's annoying me because I love to get a really clean finish on my projects, inside and out. So I dusted my hands off and called Friday my last sewing day. I don't feel like I cheated though because on some of the other days I sewed for more than an hour, and I did some prep the previous week, so I'm sure I completed the seven hours in total!
Even though I didn't finish as many projects as I'd planned to, this week has massively reignited my love of sewing kid's clothes from reclaimed adult's clothing and I plan to make it a more frequent part of my sewing activities. I love breathing new life in a discarded garment and giving it 'another chance'. Plus I would argue that it is a much more challenging (and therefore potentially rewarding) process than sewing something that started out life a flat piece of pure fabric, as much as I love that too. For example, cutting out the pieces is much more fun. Unlike many sewers, I actually really enjoy the cutting out part of making a garment, and figuring out how to cut the pieces from an existing garment is extra fun, IMO. Do you try to incorporate the original features/seams/etc. or avoid them? If you choose to include some of them, then which ones and how? What changes need to be made to the pattern or the original plan?
I'll be writing two separate blog posts about the projects pictured above that will publish over the next two (Refashion) Friday's. In fact, this whole challenge has made me want to bring Refashion Friday's back into my regular, if not weekly, blogging schedule.
Did you either participate or in some way follow the recent KCW challenge?