Sometimes when people find out I sew almost all of my kids’ clothes, they get weirded out.
I totally get it. It probably would have sounded insane to me a few years ago. Like, what, are you trying to channel The Sound of Music by ripping down the curtains and turning them into little jumpsuits?
What started out as a hilarious fail — seriously, you should see the hideous pair of “jeans” I tried to sew for my son when he was a baby — has turned into a hobby I love and it keeps my kids dressed in their own unique styles. They only sometimes come home with fallen-off buttons in their pockets.
If you’ve ever raised an eyebrow at a homemade frock or wobbly-stitched pair of leggings, here are five things you might not know about those of us who sew clothes for our kids:
1. It’s almost always cheaper
Yes, sometimes I’ll splurge on a gorgeous pricy fabric that I absolutely have to have, but it’s no different than picking up an expensive gotta-have-it dress at Gap or Gymboree. For the most part, I watch for fabric sales and keep a sharp eye on the discount section. A $4 piece of pre-cut knit fabric is often enough for multiple T-shirts for each child plus a couple of pairs of leggings. Last week I spent less than $11 to make matching pale blue PJs for myself and both of the kids. (My husband politely declined a matchy-matchy pair.)
2. You save even more money by upcycling
Once I learned to sew with stretchy fabrics, I realized our discarded adult-sized clothing was a treasure trove of free fabric ...
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P.S. Here are the "jeans." I wasn't kidding, was I? Terrible.