kcw and me: Eva

Hi everyone! It’s Eva here from by eva maria, a Belgian blog about sewing. Meg and Dorie asked me to share my thoughts about Kids Clothes Week and what it means and meant to me the past editions, so here goes! My first KCW challenge was the summer 2013 edition, I sewed up a blouse and a shirt in that week, I believe they were my first handmade items that were not skirts or dresses. I liked the idea of taking on that challenge of sewing one hour per day with so many other seamstresses at the same time. I think I checked the KCW-blog and pool about 10 times a day to see what everyone came up with!

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Since that first participation another 10 followed, I haven’t missed one edition and I’ve loved every single one of them. Sewing for one hour every day is not what I actually do during the challenge weeks. I sew for as long as I feel like, without any pressure. Sometimes I take a head start and draw patterns or cut fabric in the days before the actual challenge week, is that cheating?

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Saying that KCW changed my life would be an overstate, but I càn say that it changed my idea of sewing for kids, especially when the themes came along. I wasn’t fond of themed sewed clothes at first, but I quickly understood that working around a theme didn’t necessarily stand for dress-up clothes. I absolutely love seeing what everyone comes up with, sometimes I’m truly blown away.

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KCW surely is a challenge for me as two of my three kids grew into teenagers (aged 14, 12 and 9). Sewing for them gets harder every season, especially for the two eldest. Still, I love giving it a go every single edition and when I’m fed up with sewing for my own brood, I sew up cute small gathered skirts or pretty little ruffled dresses for my two nieces.

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So looking forward to this spring edition and checking out every one of those lovely makings from all over the world. ‘Cause that is what KCW is all about in the end, isn’t it: bringing a community of worldwide seamstresses together. And I love it! See you in a few weeks!

Eva x

This article has 2 comments

  1. rachel

    You’ve made so many beautiful things.  And I feel you on sewing for older kids – it can be challenging.  It’s not that I can’t think of what to sew, but more that I like to sew things that inspire me. Jeans and tshirts aren’t the most inspiring to me!

    1. Eva

      You’re totally right! Sewing T-shirts is indeed not the most challenging thing to do… Plus these teenagers have such a defined idea of what they want to wear, it’s hard to compromise sometimes.

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