Good morning! The end of 2013 is around the corner, so I’ve been looking back on all the clothes I’ve made for K this year, and I’m sort of flabbergasted with myself. Do I not have a life? I made a total of 129 items (!) for K. I’m trying something new and testing out the gallery function for the first time, which is a little funky since you have to click on the image, and then click on another link to get to the original post, but I like being able to see the monthly breakdowns this way.
Without further ado, here is K’s 2013 “collection”:
Total January items: 9
Most worn: Grey wool coat and wide-legged pants. These are still both in heavy rotation. The coat in particular is one of her all-time favorites.
Least worn: Ayashe blouse (K said it was really uncomfortable and only wore it once)
Total February items: 9
Most worn: Oliver + S After School Pants and Mustard Tunic. She actually wore almost everything regularly from this month, but those pants match everything!
Least worn: Pink voile dress. We had an unfortunate washing machine incident and the dress ended up trashed. Such a shame…
Total March items: 10
Most worn: Tiered knit skirt and zip pocket knit top. The skirt has built-in shorts and is much beloved. I was actually surprised by how much K wore the zip pocket top since I thought the pocket linings might be scratchy. The top has shrunk quite a bit, but she still wears it all the time!
Least worn: Teal bow top and flannel grey pants. The linen was too stiff for this design and I think the neckline was a bit too low. As for the pants, the cheap flannel I used for the pants didn’t hold up well at all.
Total April items: 20
Most worn: Popsicle Knit Coat. Hands down, this has been K’s number one loved creation. It’s completely pilling and gross and stretched out by now, but she still wears it every chance she gets. I ended up taking the teeth off of the shark hoodie, and it’s become a go-to wardrobe staple. This was a busy month with KCWC spring, and I attempted to go whole hog. I was very, very tired by the end of the month.
Least worn: Lavender lace dress. That back was too low, and for some reason she never reaches for that dress. I still think it’s pretty, and because it was ginormous when I made it, maybe it’ll grow on her in time.
Total May items: 13
Most worn: Anchor jacket. Need I say more? It would be the thing I would wear most too.
Least worn: Faux rompers. She just didn’t like it. Something about it making her feel like a baby…
Total June items: 10
Most worn: Gold dots knit top and skirt (with built-in shorts). I also made her an infinity scarf out of this same fabric that I never photographed, and I think this ensemble is in the top five for sure.
Least worn: Dungarees/Salopette/Overalls. These shorts created quite an animated discussion, but alas, the thrift store odor proved too much for K, and she never wore them.
Total July items: 16
Most worn: Second only to the popsicle coat, the leopard print coat gets a ton of wear. In fact, she likes anything with any kind of animal print. The green knit top is also a constant fave. What I loved about this month was my personal KCWC challenge to try to sew based on K’s designs. That stripey dress is my all-time favorite.
Least worn: Sadly, the luscious silk halter has not seen the light of day since I made it. Goes to show you that using precious fabric for little ones may lead to disappointment…
Total August items: 7
Most worn: Summer and holiday months are always the hardest times to sew. Still, the tunic and jeggings are worn all the time, so it was a good yield.
Least worn: The crazy adorable Five and Ten Design top. I’m getting the sense that K really dislikes clothes that expose her back.
Total September items: 9
Most worn: The stripey pullover – I really really want one in my size too.
Least worn: The khaki pants from the same outfit. She wore them once to school, had a terrible time with the drawstring waist during a frenzied bathroom break, and refused to wear them ever again.
Total October items: 8
Most worn: Pretty much everything from this month was a winner and is frequently worn. She’s drawn most to the mustard stripes dress, however, which is completely understandable, no?
Least worn: By virtue of being a costume, the owl outfit hasn’t gotten much use. As far as proudest moments go, though, this one is at the top of my list.
Total November items: 8
Most worn: Without a doubt, the bear jammies. Clearly I need to make more of these. The quilted jacket was getting a lot of love too, but then she lost it at school. It happens.
Least worn: The swing skirt is so cute, but still way too big for her, so we’ll wait another year for it to be part of her regular wardrobe rotation.
Total December items: 10
Most worn: Surprisingly, despite having just made the metallic aqua party dress, K has already worn it three times. It’s safe to say she is smitten with this dress.
Least worn: Well, since I’ve just made the dolman sleeve top (self-drafted), it hasn’t even been blogged yet much less worn for a full day. It’s a good basic top, and I’m pretty sure it’ll be a staple.
Whew. Except for three weeks, I made and posted at least one outfit a week for the entire year. Of the three weeks I missed, one was because I was out of town on vacation, one was due to extreme illness, and one was simply bad time management on my part. Am I nuts? Probably.
Some months I was in uber overdrive mode with Kids Clothes Week or with guest posts/blog tours so I made more than I normally would, but when I look at the monthly breakdowns, aside from April, it doesn’t look too outrageous to me. I think back on when I used to buy clothes for her, and I’m almost certain she had just as many garments in her closet/dressers. Maybe I’m just an excessive kind of person all around. But c’mon, kids go through clothes like bulldozers through a manicured lawn. The only marked difference for me is that I used buy in bulk every few months instead of sewing a couple of things a week.
It’s been so incredibly fun. My skills have improved though I still have a long way to go. My two big goals were to become comfortable with sewing knits and to use as many patterns from my Japanese sewing books as I could. I fulfilled both goals. I am, however thinking about how to approach this next year. I won’t have nearly the same amount of time available, and despite my justifications, sewing 100+ garments a year for one child seems…ridiculous. Hmmmm. What do you think? I will have more thoughts on this soon.
For now, I hope you enjoyed looking through the 2013 kid-sized creations as much as I did, and hope you’ll continue to join me on this crazy ride!