Sewing for my Children, by Becca (@pinkbeccalou)
Sewing for my children: is it really worth it?
When I started sewing, I knew immediately that I wanted to make clothes for my children. How sweet it would be to see them frolicking around in Mama-made garments? ! They'd grow up with an intense appreciation of the love and time and effort I put into each item! Ha! Just call me a 'cock-eyed optimist'!
In all honesty, I do love sewing for my kids. For a variety of reasons:
A) It's quick! There's so much less sewing that goes into creating an outfit for tiny people - I love the satisfaction of holding up a finished project and sewing small garments gives me that satisfaction much more quickly.
B) It uses so much less fabric! This is a definite bonus! As someone who's aiming to sew on a restricted budget (childcare fees - ugh!), I always try to eke out as much as possible from each piece of fabric I buy. Children's clothing is great for those scraps of fabric left over from other projects.
C) I can match with my children! Yes, I know that's super twee, but really : who doesn't want to match with their children?! And I can make twinning clothes for my son and daughter - there aren't many matching RTW clothes for a 12 year old boy and a 2 year old girl and while my son still enjoys matching with his sister, I might as well make the most of it!
But much as I love the process of sewing for my children, the reality is that sometimes it hardly seems worth it, because...
A) It's blooming fiddly! Some friends of mine had a baby a few months ago and I thought I'd quickly whip up a cute little t-shirt as a gift. I hadn't sewn anything smaller than 12-18 months for my daughter so I was wholly unprepared for the fiddliness of sewing new baby clothes!
B) They don't last! If I sew something for my daughter for this Summer, it is very unlikely to fit her next year. It feels like such a waste of time and effort if I'm not able to get loads of wear out of an item. Personally, I combat this by going up a size in my children's garments - they can wear them baggy for a while and then it should still fit by the following year.
C) Children do NOT look after their clothes! Stains, rips, holes... You name it, my children have managed to create all of these in their lovingly-sewn garments. Often one wear will be enough to ensure something happens to ruin the item!
And, however much I might wish they did, my children don't really appreciate home-made clothes - my daughter often won't even wear the clothes I have made for her!
Ultimately though, in my mind, the pros far out weight the cons and I do sew clothes for my children because, well, they're just so darn cute!
What do you think? Do any of you sew for your children?