I mentioned in my previous post, that I was going to join the KCW (kids Clothes Week) Spring 2013 with very little expectations – I had just participated in the Kids Clothes Belgian Style (by the amazing An), I had been working abroad for most of the previous week and I had quite a few unexpected requests at work. I was feeling a bit exhausted and to be honest, I was not quite sure, if I was going to accomplish anything.
I had only participated once before and I wasn’t really able to complete most of my projects …
Nevertheless, I had learn my lesson and, this time around, I was determined to follow a few basic rules:
1. Lower your expectations. On KCW you should really focus on how fun it is to sew for our kids. Don’t make unrealistic plans and don’t push yourself to the limit – I was still working 40+ hours/week and had no time to plan in advance (major flaw, for a control/planning freak like myself). Still, I though it was fun to jump in. No expectations (I was just going to complete 2 projects and I was okay with it). Easy, right?
2. Go with simple/tested patterns: That made a huge difference because this time around I almost didn’t need to read any instructions (which is good when you’re trying to sew at 2 am and your reading skills start to trick you). I’ve chosen some of my favorite patterns and so I knew exactly what where the steps (by heart, trust me. Some of them I’ve already mesmerized). I’ll have time to test some new patterns later. This week was all about give a head-start on my little girl spring wardrobe – basic designs is always the best.
3. Sew what you need and use whatever you have in your stash/sewing cabinet. This time, I wasn’t stressing about a missing zipper or lack of coordinating buttons. I was committed to use what I have. It worked.
4. KCW and Blogging don’t go together. For the first 2 days, I was still checking the Flickr pool, following and commenting on blogs, but soon I realize that I needed to use my time to … sew. It was worth it (I think), and now, of course, I’ll be checking all the amazing creations in the Flickr pool, my favorite blogs and sending feedback to all my comments. Thank you!
and yes, I’ll be posting further details (and action pictures) of my KCW Spring 2013 week. I just need a few days to catch up 🙂
Of course, for KCW 2013, you’re suppose to sew for at least 1 hour per day (April 22 to April 29), but you still can sew longer if you wish. I did. On average I sew for 2 to 4 hours each day for 7 days (always in the wee hours of the night).
Usually I sew around 6 hours per week, so this was truly a challenge for my routine. I feel sleep-deprived and tired.
Today, I save the day for baking with my kids and make some spring cleaning around the house. Just what I need to get back into my usual routine.
I’m already planning my next sewing project (a much-needed and requested pair of Pajamas for my older boy. He’s a sweetie), but I’ll be back soon.