We've been out of town, and I just wanted to say thank you to all who supported me and Project Run and Play these last two months.
I appreciate so much all the kind comments, emails, phone calls, and support from so many people throughout the competition.
I'm so grateful to have been a part of this last season and the girls in charge have organized some great prizes!
All this for 2nd place!
There were so many people who helped me during the last few months.
First off my husband and kids. I did my best to sew ahead and make sure it didn't cut into our regular family life, but there were sacrifices on the home front with cereal for dinner a few times, laundry getting behind, etc. My husband was also a trooper taking the kids for a whole Saturday so I could work on the McCoy suit, in addition to listening to all my ideas, failures, worries, throughout the last three months.
Next, my mom and little sister are probably stoked it's all over so they don't get my emails of the progress of each item of clothing to see what they think, all my calls to report a major set back, bounce off ideas, or complain about the drama behind the scenes, etc. My mom and Lynette were definitely my support team on the sewing front!
Then my kids having to model most of the looks. The Squadron Bomber Jacket was probably the worst to get photos for, as it was freezing. My son was standing on this rock and with the wind and cold, his eyes were just watering. Luckily he's a boy and didn't seem to care and just wanted to roll down the hill.
My little neighbors modeled the Junebug pattern remix and the Retro Week.
I made sure to give them a prize for helping, they did such a great job on the girls looks that I knew my baby couldn't pull off.
Then my little Ellie belly girl.
Not her favorite thing to have to stand, smile and look at the camera. But she was a good sport most of the time!
I've been surprised at how my sewing skills were really pushed to new boundaries.
When the Real McCoy suit was finished I was so proud and it was definitely one of those times I looked at it and still couldn't believe I was the one who made it! Drafting that thing was an accomplishment in and of itself. I had bought a Vogue mens suit pattern at the thrift store and studied how the pieces worked together, along with looking at my husband's suits, then just did my best to make the required shapes and cuts for a 4 year old using my son's measurements.
I was thrilled when it turned out so well. Especially the proportions of the lapels and the sewing on them. I turned the jacket right side out and the lapels were perfect. I screamed I was so excited.
I was also proud looking back how much boy clothing I was able to work into the competition. I always prefer a creative boy look to just another girl's dress. I sewed for both, having girl's dresses in there too, but realized half of what I made in the end were for boys. I am really proud of this as most people don't go boy for obvious reasons--it's limited and harder to find a new creative spin, lots of garments are more difficult to sew, like trousers or button up shirts, etc. So I was glad I was able to stay true to my passion for boys fashion, for at least half of the time!
Looking back I've sewn a butt load of kids clothes!
Challenging myself in this competition showed me a lot about sewing and pushing myself, and I'm proud of everything I made. But more than all of the sewing stuff, it was a chance to really see and be grateful for all the people in my life who sacrificed, supported, encouraged, and helped me pursue this little fulfilling hobby of mine.
Then all the people I don't personally know who wrote, commented, or just got excited about what I was making and then liked it enough to click over and vote for it.
Thanks to everyone who's been behind me. I guess I don't do that much outside raising my kids at home, so in a small way putting myself out there and seeing the support I received for a little blog competition really made an impact on me. I'm so grateful for all of you and seeing/ feeling the love from my family, friends, and readers has definitely been the best part of the whole thing. I guess it's the real part, in a few years these clothes will be lame and out of style (if they were even in style for this) and in a box in my garage.
Thank you so much!