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kcwc day 1: mending

I went down to my sewing corner this afternoon, intending to have a lovely post-lunch, coffee-in-hand, kids clothes week challenge sewing hour. But, alas, my sewing table was covered in oodles of half-started, half-finished projects. Since I am now a grown-up, I decided to finish some of the started projects before embarking on new and shiny ones. In the past all the projects would have been shoved to an ever-growing pile on the floor, but not today!

I am a horrible laundress and as a result most of Pia’s clothes end up stained within days, if not hours, of acquiring them. But it is also hard for me to let go of clothes that are stained, but otherwise in good condition. So I am always in search of ways to cover up stains. Today was a stain-covering-up and mending sort of day.

Item #1

This shirt was covered in stains, imagine chocolate milk dribbled liberally down the front. I had intended to take a flower stamp and stamp acrylic fabric paint over the stained parts. This was a lovely intention, but then Pia caught wind of it and she wanted to do it. So there ended up being about 10 times more flowers and leaves than I had envisioned. The stamping part was done two weeks ago, and today I finished up stitching around the leaves and creating stems. I can’t decide if it is horribly ugly, or cute in that horribly ugly sort of way.

I do think the shirt needs a bit more embroidery, but not sure it is worth the effort.

Item #2

This was a really cute sundress that somehow got little brown speckled stains on it. The stains were small, but really dark and noticeable. I decided a button over each little speckle might  work.

I think this might become a favorite stain-covering method, mostly because buttons are quite fun. Of course most of the stains I end up dealing with are much larger and would need very large buttons.

Item #3

In an old pattern that I got from my mom I discovered some iron-on transfers that had never been used. I wasn’t sure they would still work since they dated back to the late ’70s, but figured it was worth a shot. Pia helped out with this and learned how to (carefully and with me hovering over her in a most annoying fashion) use an iron. This onesie, despite being brand new, met the wrong end of a marker (how do these things happen?) so we covered up the marker with a lion.  I stitched around the iron-on for extra style points and stitched a butterfly and a ‘roar’ to cover up the marker that wasn’t covered up by the lion.

Item #4

Another iron-on ended up on one of Pia’s shirts which she had gotten paint on. This brings up a few questions of course: a) being the laundress that I am, why does my child even own white shirts? b) why was she painting in said shirt? and c) why do I let her paint with non-washable paints? Alas, who knows. We covered up the front stains with a giraffe and I embroidered the word “giraffe” beneath it to cover up more stains. The bottom third of the sleeves were covered in paint so I lopped them off and did a blanket stitch around them.

And then I had her model it and realized the shirt is too small on her anyway.

Tomorrow: actual sewing!! Now, off to check out what everyone else has made on day 1. Can’t wait to see!

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4 responses »

  1. Wait! You did these in a day?!? Did I read that correctly? What kind of coffee do you drink? Maybe I need to start drinking coffee…It would have taken me the day to embroider “Roar”! Which, by the way, we LOVE the lion onesie and it was so sweet to find tucked between the doors! THANK YOU!!!

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    • Oh my goodness, no! These were started two weeks ago and just made it out of the mending/finishing pile yesterday. I would love to find coffee that would enable me to do that much in day 🙂 Glad you found the lion, hope it fits the rapidly growing boy!

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  2. You are an expert stain-hider. Want to tackle my stash, too?
    My favorite is the giraffe.

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  3. Oh that’s such a good idea. Almost all my elder daughter’s clothes have stains I can’t shift which makes it difficult to pass them on to my younger daughter. I’m definitely going to use some of your ideas…….just as soon as I finish up some of my unfinished projects.

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