Last week I participated in Kids Clothes Week where you are challenged to spend one hour a day sewing clothes for your children. The idea is to find one hour in your day to do a little bit of sewing. That might be cutting out a pattern, cutting fabric, ironing, or actually sewing a garment together. And, if you stick with an hour a day for a week, you are likely to end up with at least one finished garment. Last KCW challenge I did pretty well. I won’t say I did not do well for this challenge, but I did only finish one garment. I made Hythe a shirt.
He had been quietly longing for me to make something for him and I had him in a quilting store looking for some marking chalk about two weeks ago. I found what I wanted and was at the checkout counter where a few bolts of a beautiful fabric with horses painted on it were leaning. Hythe insisted I get some of the fabric for Anne and Evva. Then, we turned around while they were cutting that fabric to find that just behind us was a bolt of the most fabulous fish print. I knew right away this one was perfect for Hythe. He has been asking to go fishing nearly everyday since spring has arrived (and fishing season has opened). While we were looking at that fish fabric, Hythe said he would like me to make him something to wear from it because, “Then the fish won’t see me when I am fishing. They will think I’m other fish and I can catch them.”
So, I made the Sketchbook Shirt from Oliver + S for him – a pattern I already had in my stash. It turned our really well and he loves it. He wore it as soon as I had finished it and was quite proud (just the reaction I hope for when I present a hand-made garment). It also fit well and looked good (I was a little uncertain, thinking it might be too loud).
He has not gone fishing in it yet, but probably this weekend it will see some more use by a stream or a pond.
I think brother wants one next!