Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Why I sew my kids' clothes

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.

1 comment:

Mariah Magagnotti said...

I sew my kids clothes too, and your reasons are spot on! The upcycling is great, especially with messy 1 & 3-year olds! I would add, for me, that I am concerned about where ready to wear clothing is coming from. I'm a cheapskate, so I want a $4 t-shirt, but not if someone else's kid in another country had to make it. So when I want a $4 t-shirt, I make it, and I can feel good about where it comes from! Also - my daughter thinks I can make ANYTHING, and I know it won't last, but I'm loving it while it does!