Hi! I am Brittney, I blog at sewing for four (plus one!) and I am here to add my thoughts and reflections of Kids Clothes Week to those already shared.
My first KCW was what seems like forever ago, in the fall of 2011. I had only just started to teach myself to sew because I wanted to make my newborn twins some pretty dresses. Maybe not the best time to take up a new hobby, but hey, it worked out in the end. I was nervous to put my sewing out in to the world, but I put the photographs of my two makes that week up on Flickr and in to the Elsie Marley group as we did back then. I was excited with each new comment or favorite, I couldn’t believe it. The simple, kind words people left gave me so much confidence to keep going.
And keep going I did. I have actually managed to participate in each KCW since then. In reality, I typically sew or prep a little bit almost every day anyway, but I love the community feel of the week. That I am not alone in my obsession, not to mention all the amazing inspiration that comes from the project pool and Instagram. I have made many garments inspired by what I see during these weeks.
I have formed many close friendships because I stuck with this sewing thing, friends worldwide that I get to talk to nearly every day. I love watching their babies grow and feel like I know them, even if it isn’t ever actually face to face. I like to look back on my makes from past KCWs and see just how much I have learned when it comes to sewing, and how much my kids have grown.
It seems like each time I find new patterns that I haven’t seen before, and obviously now need, ha! As I am sure some of you can relate, it feels so sad to close this Kids Clothes Week chapter, but I am excited to see what the future holds for the challenge.