I’m sort of halfway, not-really-intentionally working on having a handmade family wardrobe. The idea is that I’ll only make and keep items that my kids and I love, are high quality, special, and worth keeping. Not necessarily going for quantity but lovely quality. Hopefully that will simplify their wardrobe, and omit part of the daily drawer-spew that is my life. If I’m honest (love saying this I feel so British), it’s completely time-consuming and crazy, but I’m just shooting for a couple real gems for each of us. ‘Cept the Mister. Because… I’ve never managed to please him when buying stuff for him, and so to sew for him? I just can’t bear to rejected at that level.
For me: 1) I have been dreaming of a floral blazer (inspired by you, Kelli!). So far I haven’t found the perfect floral, so we’ll see. Got to have the perfect floral… 2) a simple lace blouse like this one from Madewell; I’m on a lace rampage! 3) Jeans! Ottobre latest women’s issue #9 4) basically I want to do a Mama-variation of the Kindergarten Classic. Again with the dyed lace.
For the girl: 1) A shirt similar to this one which is just special. It looks like a variation on a simple raglan tee. 2) I would love to do a longer dress version of this Twinkleules floral tunic with large front pockets. 3)I love the idea of a chambray or other neutral dress embellished with bright pom poms. Not exactly this beautiful top, but along those lines…I also need to find a good jacket/coat to make for her this winter.
For the boy: 1)This handsome sweater with raglan seams and buttons is just dreamy. I think there’s an Ottobre pattern that would be similar. 2)cool little basic tees with stencil designs like this. I already have two almost three of these made, post to come! And lastly, 3) slim legged jeans 4) a grandpa sweater in sky blue, and 5)some trim little slacks for Sunday (images via Jcrew kids).
1) The only thing I have planned for Baby Girly at the moment is a baby version of the Tilly Chambray jumper. I just plan on adding snaps to the legs, and simplifying the pattern a bit! Presh. I also am thinking that number 2 of the girl’s list would work well for her too…?
Besides all this lofty sewing madness, I have several different projects going on–I’m sure that I won’t have all the time I want to dedicate to our family wardrobe. That’s okay. Scheming is half the fun and doesn’t involve as much seam ripping…