giveaway winners and a challenge-within-a-challenge-within-a-challenge

okay first things first – sweetheart dress giveaway winners!

  • grand prize: Shannon
  • sweetheart dress winners: Brooke and Sarah S

congratulations!  we’ve emailed the winners.  thanks so much for a great giveaway, Shannon!


now onto pressing business:

for some reason, my Kids Clothes Week Challenge planning didn’t come easily this time.  i had tons of half-formed ideas, but nothing that jumped out as “must make.”  last spring and last fall, i no trouble prioritizing my always-overflowing mental to do list into a nice balance of wardrobe staples and new pattens i’d been wanting to try.  my KCWC project always end up some of my favorites, and also tend to be worn most by my kids.  you can see all of my kcwc posts here if you’re curious.

so last week, after organizing my stash and deciding i wouldn’t buy any new fabric because i have plenty (my first challenge-within-a-challenge), i waited for inspiration to strike.  i looked for those perfect combinations of fabric and pattern that would cause me to create wonderful things during KCWC.

i just couldn’t figure it out, aside from a couple minor projects.

i posed the question to instagram, to see if any of my sewing buddies out there could help.  i got some good suggestions, but then…THEN…Rae threw out the notion that she should just give me HER list and i could make that.  at first she meant it was a joke, but then it turned into a “hey that could be really fun!” type situation.  apparently her mental to do list was too long too, and she needed help paring it down.  she sent me her list and i picked the ones that inspired me…and a SEW-OFF was born!

i own most of Rae’s patterns already, and they’re always some of my favorites to sew, so she was the perfect partner.

want to know what we picked? want to join us, maybe??  Here’s the Rae-Kristin Sew-Off List for KCWC Fall 2012:

Upcycle a Flashback Skinny Tee
pretty self-explanatory. find an adult tee to convert to a miniature skinny tee. i almost always use upcycled knits when i sew FBSTs, so this is a fun one.  you can get Rae’s flashback skinny tee pattern here.

Mini-Washi Dress
i was SO excited to see this on Rae’s list!  i’ve totally wanted to make one of these and i’m excited to give it a go.  at this point it’s not available as a pattern, so i drafted it myself using the flashback skinny tee as a bodice block and my washi pattern as a reference.  i’ve got no idea if it’ll work but I’m sure hoping it does!

Heather Ross Pajama Pants
sometimes i’ve been lucky enough to come across fabric by the amazing heather ross during my trips to bolt, and sometimes i’ve even bought some!  i tend to hoard it, though…i’m sure lots of us do.  this challenge is to make pj pants (or anything!) from my hoarded fabric!

Shirred Pierrot
i looooove Rae’s pierrot pattern and had already cut out a larger size as a “maybe” when I saw Rae’s list and her suggestion to shirr it!  challenge is to use any peasant blouse-type pattern (if you don’t have the pierrot, maybe use the sweet little dress by leila & ben?). If you use Pierrot, Rae suggests to add about 1″ to the folded width of the tops of each of the sleeves to add more room around the neckline for the shirring (4″ total). she posted a shirred pierrot last week for an example.

Make a catalog-inspired item
after i saw gail’s adorable hedgehog pants on elsie marley, i started browsing the mini boden catalog myself.  it’s so inspiring!  i’m often pinning things by companies that i want to try to make, so that’s the challenge here – be inspired by something you see in a catalog.  could be Gap, Hanna Andersson, Crewcuts, mini boden, whatever!

want to sew along within the sew along? join us! this was just a low-key* challenge designed to motivate us, so if you like any or all of these ideas, go ahead and make them along with us this week!  and then let us know!!  remember, the KCWC challenge is to spend 1 hour each day sewing for your kids, so these are not meant to be ridiculously intricate or time-consuming. just easy, cute items to add to your kids’ wardrobes.

and if you don’t…no worries at all!  there’s loads of inspiration out there!  i really can’t wait to see what starts popping up in the KCWC flickr pool.

ladies (and gentlemen??)…let’s sew!  KCWC starts tomorrow!

*oh but did you know i’m sorta kinda really competitive?  so of course i will crush her.  😉

14 thoughts on “giveaway winners and a challenge-within-a-challenge-within-a-challenge

    • kim says:

      I’m replying to my own post… is there an “edit” function I should have used instead?… anyways: I just read Rae’s post, and you guys are too funny. Made the best mama win! (you know I’m rooting for you 😉 )

  1. lecsmiscellany says:

    Oooooh, so exciting!! Good Luck!! O may not be able to join in all of the sewalong, but I am supposed to be trying to make flashback tees (though not upcycled; since I’m sewing for two girls, I thought it was easier to just buy the fabric. Yes, I do match them; it’s pretty bad, isn’t it?!), dress from a catalog, and pj’s (not heather Ross this time, though I’ve made it for children before here ) and it’s a blast to sew. I have two for myself! I made one for my mother!!)

    Anyway, good luck, Kristin! Can’t wait to see what you’ll make 🙂

  2. oliver's fancy says:

    Yay, I won:) and I’m excited to see what y’all come up with! I have upcycled skinny tees on my list already and a pinned image to try to copy! You make this so fun- but will you crush the great Rae? 🙂

  3. Tara says:

    Sounds like a great plan! I have been wanting to give some of my Oliver+ S patterns some mini boden touches. I can’t wait to see what you make this week!

  4. Cherie says:

    Ooooh, can’t wait to see all your creations, especially the mini Washis! I’ve been dying to make one too. So how do we declare a winner for this sew-off? Can I be the judge!?! Hah – actually, that sounds like a horrible job. Good luck this week!

  5. jacq says:

    thanks for the motivation to make a catalogue inspired dress. Has been on my list but finally got it done thanks to this!
    Can’t wait to see what else you come up with.

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