Monday, July 21, 2014

KCW July 2014.

It has been a long time (September of last year) since I really tried to participate in Kids' Clothes Week (if you don't follow sewing blogs, KCW is a challenge to sew kid's clothes an hour a day for a week and blog about it). With a full-time job, commute, and family stuff, my weekdays are a bit of a blur! On top of that, my job as assistant city attorney requires that I attend Planning Commission and City Council meetings (and sometimes other meetings as well) during the evenings several times a month. The folks over at KCW have an uncanny knack for scheduling KCW on a week when I have not just one night meeting, but several. This summer, they've done it again - I have a Planning Commission meeting tonight and City Council tomorrow. I expect to be a limp noodle by Wednesday.

But it's all about defining your own success, right? So I decided to participate anyway - on my own terms. While I don't think I can manage an hour a day, I'm pretty sure I can manage 7 hours in the week, maybe a bit more. So that's my challenge - sew the equivalent of an hour a day for a week.

I did a little prep over the weekend, tracing some Oliver + s patterns and doing some cutting. Here's what I'm planning:

1. Class Picnic Blouse in blue gingham (with yellow piping) for Maggie. I made a gingham Class Picnic Blouse (with piping) for Maggie when she was a baby, and it was one of my favorite makes, so I decided to make another one. Same idea, slightly different colors.

2. Class Picnic Shorts in blue linen for Maggie.This will be my first time sewing the shorts, which have an adorable retro 70s vibe.

KCW/Shorts on the Line Prep!

3. Sketchbook Shorts in dark green ponte knit for Joe. Joe only wears soft knit shorts these days (he's very sensitive to comfort). We have a wedding to attend next month, and I am hoping that these shorts will be soft and comfortable, but a bit more polished than his usual knit athletic shorts.

4. Sketchbook Shirt in Cloud 9 Palos Verdes La Venta voile (currently en route) for Joe. Although I've made the shorts approximately 500 times, this will be my first time sewing the Sketchbook Shirt! Joe helped me choose the fabric, so I am hoping that means he'll be willing to wear the shirt!

KCW/Shorts on the Line Prep!
 

5. Sailor Blouse using the Croquet Dress pattern for Maggie. With so many amazing flipped versions of the Croquet dress showing up in blogsville this month, it seemed like the perfect time to try this adorable pattern for the first time. I love the turn-of-the-20th-century vibe of this dress, but Maggie doesn't really need any more dresses right now. So I decided to make a little lightweight cream linen blouse to go with the blue linen shorts. I am still undecided as to trim, so stay tuned!

KCW/Shorts on the Line Prep!


I have made two of the patterns before, but three are new to me, making a small dent in my rather long list of Oliver + s patterns bought but not yet sewn, yay me!

Of course, I realize this is an ambitious list, and I probably won't finish it all this week. I might not even finish half of it! But with everything ready to go, I think it will be fun to just focus on sewing during whatever small chunks of time I have this week. I will try to post on my progress here as well as update my projects in the KCW forum, where you can find me under the user name Inderific.

But the best part of KCW is following along with everyone else's sewing!

Are you participating in KCW this time around?

9 comments:

  1. Inder, I'm impressed by your motivation! Especially with everything you have on your plate. KCW seems to inevitably happen when we have other more important things going on as well. I kind of liked the bi-annual schedule better. I think it's a bit easier to prioritize KCW and go all out when you know it only happens twice a year. When it's quarterly, it's so easy to say - I'll get it next time. :)
    Good luck! I can't wait to see your projects!

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    1. Thanks! I agree about the quarterly KCWs - it's easier to say, I'm too busy this time! But of course, when it was twice a year, it always fell on a super busy week then too! Because such is the way of life.

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  2. I'm impressed, too! I have been wanting to get the sketchbook shirt and shorts pattern for a while. Maybe next time there is an Oliver + S sale I'll take the plunge!

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    1. It is such a great pattern! The shorts are a TNT pattern for me - so easy and fast, but polished with nice details. Excited to try the shirt finally!

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  3. I love your plans! So many lovely patterns! My father was on the city council of our town for many years, and man those meetings would last so late into the night! I can't imagine how you get any sewing done!

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    1. The Council Meeting on Tuesday night went well past midnight!! YAWN.

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  4. oh man, you are a trooper! I promise we didn't call the Planning Commission or the City Council ;)

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    1. Haha! I know you looked at the calendar and say, Oh, the fourth Tuesday is on the same week as the third Monday ... let's have KCW! Right? Admit it! LOL. (That's how we schedule meetings, and it's only on months that start on Tuesday that we get the back to back meetings like this, so it was a pretty crazy coincidence!)

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  5. Go you! The finished gingham blouse is adorable. I found the Sketchbook shirt good to sew up but a bit short in the body - you might want to check the length of the pattern pieces against Joe. Clem will grow out of his way too soon for something that took that much work :( I haven't even attempted KCW since it went quarterly. It seems I just get over my guilt of not doing the last one and bang, it's right in the middle of the next one!

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