Did I succeed in making all of my childrens’ clothes for a year?
Erm!!!! I have to be honest, I did not. For 3 simple reasons.
1. I could not resist a bargain
With 70% off at No Added Sugar and New Generals the temptation was too great. I bought the 4 items shown above.
2. Fabric availability
There seems to be a lack of reasonably priced knit fabric here in the UK. They don’t sell sweatshirt fleece as cool as this in my usual hangouts. Make that 5 items.
My girls wear leggings a lot and get holes in them often. Eventhough leggings are quick and easy to sew, I only made 2 pairs during my challenge, but bought 7. A total of 12 purchases. Ooopsie!
But with that being said I did make a phenomenal amount of clothing for my girls during 2014.
- 24 tops
- 13 dresses
- 6 pairs of shorts
- 1 coat
- 1 jacket
- 8 harem pants
- 2 rompers
- 2 skirts
- 4 pairs of trousers
- 2 pairs of leggings
- 2 pairs of PJs
- 3 costumes
- 2 detachable collars
- 3 scarves
- and a bag
- Also 15 items as gifts and 7 things for myself.
Grand total: 96 things. Not bad aye?
I didn’t get to blog about everything and some of the clothes have never been worn but I am immensely proud of my accomplishments over the past 12 months.
Did my challenge save me money?
Erm! Nope, not at all. My fabric stash could fill a whole new wardrobe. But besides that it is difficult to work out if making clothes is cheaper than buying clothes. Most of the time when you buy ready to wear clothes you are paying for the label. The cost of the things I make is based on the price and amount of fabric, if I included my time too that would raise the cost to a whole new level.
The most expensive thing I made this year was the Big Bubble Party Dress, due to the price of linen and the 3 meters of fabric required.
What was the most favourite thing I made?
I originally thought of my top 3 things, but my list got longer and longer until it became my top 16 things. So I thought about it from another angle. What do my girls choose to wear without my influence? What items completely reflect my taste in kids clothing? What items are stylish but also practical and comfortable? What items are reasonably quick and easy to make and I would be happy to make more?
Will I continue to make clothes for my girls?
My sewing challenge has given me a huge amount of pleasure and satisfaction and long will I continue making clothes for my girls. I sew nearly every
day night and I thoroughly enjoy it. I would even go as far as to say that I’m addicted.
Excitement builds from first deciding on a pattern, to choosing the fabric, cutting the pattern pieces, sewing them together to create something of beauty that represents me skills and my taste. It is rewarding and fulfilling, there is no way I am going to stop now.
When I first started Needle and Ted I only told my sister. The posts had just 1 image, no words just a lame title like ‘yellow dress’. (Don’t go looking for these post, I have since changed them, but just a little.) The blog was for me to document what I made, it wasn’t meant for anyone else to look at. But I soon started to learn what blogging was all about and I started to enjoy it and get better at it.
This was my first post, hoping that someone would read it other than my sister.
At this time I had just discovered the rotary cutter. There were so many more things that I learnt along the way and I have the online sewing and blogging community to thank mostly for that. People who create items with such expertise and finesse. Such passion and intelligence. People who have freely and generously shared tips, tricks and tutorials. Made amazing things for themselves or their children, inspired me, motivated me and taught me. Some of you no doubt are reading this now, so from the bottom of my heart I thank you.
And to all the people who have ever read my blog, who have left a comment or compliment, who have sent me emails. To all the people who have encouraged me and supported me. To all the pattern designers who have accepted me in their test groups, have invited me on blog tours, have given me patterns. To anyone who has given me advice, made me laugh, made smile or inspired me along my journey. Thank you all so much, I am sincerely grateful. Needle and Ted could not and would not continue without you.
Of course I will continue my sewing journey and grow my skills. But I will blog about clothes I make for myself as well as my girls. (I will have to stop being the mysterious Banksy of the sewing world and finally post pictures of myself).
You will be seeing less of Ted because he’s getting old and grumpy. And quite frankly, photography is easier without him. (Sorry Ted.)
I have a few patterns that I’m itching to get started on, the Bjork skirt, Fawn Lily top, the Gardenia Dress, the Cadette Coat and Blake to name but a few. I am also looking forward to finishing Darcy’s Small Fry Skinny Jeans, my subtraction dress and my Story Jacket.
But for now, I wish you all a happy, healthy and successful 2015. What are your plans?
*“Sad” icon by Megan Sheehan from the Noun Project.