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« on: January 25, 2008 07:25:02 PM »

I know the reason i want to sew for my daughter... It is becuase i want to be proud of what my daughter is wearing, and not have to worry about searching and searching through department stores for something appropriate for a small child. I really don't agree with what is popular right now, and would like my daughter to grow up with an appreciation for more modest, lady like clothes. That and for what ever reason, im a bit anti name brand. Im odd o_0 i know =p lol What are your reasons?
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2008 08:28:43 PM »

My primary reason is that I enjoy it.  I find satisfaction in creating something from scratch, and seeing one of my children proudly wearing it.

My secondary reason is I'm not often happy with the things I find in stores.  Either they are hideous, or indecent, or too expensive, or don't fit properly.  When I made clothes myself, I can control most of those things....
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2008 02:54:44 PM »

Ditto Smiley
1) I like sewing & sewing small things goes faster!
2) I'm pretty anti- My Child As A Billboard.

I'm not completely anti- Name Brand, but I don't like to be free advertising. My daughter in Kinder has a lot of cute tops from Old Navy, I can't make them for the $8-9 bucks I paid so I don't mind the "Old Navy" up the side of the cute fairy on a mushroom picture on the front. I don't buy the ones that just say "Old Navy" across the front in huge letters with no other designs.

When I see newborns wearing leather Nike's it makes me feel pretty disgusted, but then again I never cared what people thought about what I wear & don't care to associate with anyone who bases judgements of people by their wardrobe. Yes, I want my children to look nice & be decent, but I'm not a social climber, being unique is pretty important to me. My daughters can look really nice, decent & trendy in a dress I made with leggings from Target & shoes from Payless.
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2008 03:16:35 PM »

Good point about the walking billboard.  I feel the same way.  Why should I pay a company when I'm advertising for them?

Of course, I also refuse to buy character clothing or shoes, much to my children's dismay.  Often it is so cheaply made that it doesn't even last one or two washings. 
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2008 05:57:30 PM »

I completely contradicted myself!!! I will rephrase: I dislike people who buy a name brand to show they can buy the name brand & it's all about the name brand, they wouldn't know quality if it bit them in the butt. Thus the utterly futile act of putting $50 shoes on a child who can't walk.
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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2008 10:30:02 AM »

I enjoy it so much,it is a practical outlet for my creativity,I find especially for boys but girls too,the gender stereo typing gets me down,i hate the dull,dull clothes for boys these days,plus I get to buy cute fabric right? Wink
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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2008 11:44:34 AM »

I enjoy it so much,it is a practical outlet for my creativity,I find especially for boys but girls too,the gender stereo typing gets me down,i hate the dull,dull clothes for boys these days,plus I get to buy cute fabric right? Wink

This is a lot of my reason, too. But it's also a control issue...I simply cannot stand the attitude shirts, pop-tartlet clothes and name brand *everything* -- besides, there are only a few shopping places here so pretty much everyone has the same thing. I want a little originality and creativity for my tyke. I'm just getting started, so we'll see where it leads!

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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2008 04:39:33 PM »

I really dislike character clothes too o_0 im like GET THAT BIG BIRD !!!OFF!!! MY KID! xD I just think its sad when television is -so- addicted it leaks out on to our clothing o_0 toys i understand... but clothing?!? I also can't stand the 'attitude' clothes either, thanks for reminding me xD I just want my daughter to look like a little lady... I don't want her clothing making other people think she is anything but an innocent little girl, kwim?
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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2008 07:17:58 AM »

I have one dd who is very big for her age.  She now needs clothes from the "tween" section even though she's only 6.  No way am I letting her dress like a whore or whatever it is clothing manufactures have decided our 11 year olds should look like.  So when I can't find appropriate clothing in her size I make it.  My other dd is extremely small for her age.  Not a big issue now but once she is potty trained we will have a problem with snaps and pants I think.  I love making clothes for her because they go together so quickly.
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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2008 10:02:08 AM »

As others have said, I don't like the attitude tees and super short everything that they have out for little girls these days.

I see sewing as a way of connecting to my roots, but also a way to be different and creative.  I love seeing a simple piece of fabric and knowing that it will become a dress or an outfit (and that my hard work will make it happen).

Also, my 7-year-old still appreciates it.  She gets excited when I tell her I bought fabric to make her something and she tells people that her mommy made something she's wearing.  It's always nice to be appreciated, especially by someone so young.  She is learning to sew as well.

And I love to make my girls complimentary if not matching outfits.  Buying them from a store would break me, but I can make them beautiful summer dresses for under $15 for both.

And my 7-year-old's school went to uniforms this year.  Sewing allows me to save money on uniform pieces, while still injecting some style and general girliness into my daughter's school clothes.
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« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2008 01:22:37 PM »

Well for the first reason, my daughter is a size 3t in height, but erm, a 5t in the waist (and she's 2 years old)- she's not fat, just solid, and thus most pants don't fit her properly, so when I make pants for her, I KNOW they'll fit.

Also, I DO get that "thrill of watching my child wear something I made"  And my grandmother z"l was a seamstress, so I feel a connection to her when I sew.

And it's a form of frugality, too - I can get some great quality fabric from the sale bin at my local fabric shop, and it's SOOOOO much cheaper than buying retail...
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« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2008 02:01:41 PM »

I enjoy to sew for not just my kiddos but for everyone. My dd is 4 and but super skinny and tall- we're talkin 2t-3t waist and 5-6 length. Everytime we go to Walmart or Hancocks she asks if we can get more fabric for more dresses. She likes to help me with the pins and occasionally with the foot pedal of my machine so we get more bonding time. My ds is 2  but a bit big for his age so it is just so easy to make cute shirts for him that don't look like everyone else's and fit him. I don't have a problem with name brands but I'm cheap frugal sometimes to an extreme.
I also find that I am more relaxed when I sew and much less likely to lose my temper. I've really only been sewing for about a year but I can tell this will be a lifetime commitment to sew clothes and other things for my kids.
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« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2008 07:05:30 PM »

I sew for my daughter b/c it's one of the easiest things for me to sew - dresses especially.  Also, I'm planning on potty training this summer, and dresses are the easiest things (so I've heard) to use when potty training.  I too am against some character clothing, but my daughter is OBSESSED with Thomas, and don't you know, they don't make "girl" Thomas clothing.  Roll Eyes  Yeah, I don't get it. 

I also like the challenge of figuring out a new pattern or trying something new on her that I wouldn't normally try.  Also I like it when someone asks me where I got her outfit and I can say that I made it.  It makes me feel proud that I am able to do a craft and get recognition of it.  Also, at 2, my daughter is just starting to realize what I'm doing when I cut out fabric and after her nap she has a new outfit. Smiley  It's great to see her get so excited about a new dress. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2008 07:56:27 AM »

...I too am against some character clothing, but my daughter is OBSESSED with Thomas, and don't you know, they don't make "girl" Thomas clothing.  Roll Eyes  Yeah, I don't get it. 

You're right about no girly train clothes. My tyke's obsessed with trains. Luckily I found some fun train fabric and bought several yards. I made an Anna wrap dress and just finished her train quilt. She is very excited (which makes me happy)!

I guess that previous sentence is really the reason why.  Cheesy

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« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2008 03:57:42 PM »

because I can make fantastically cute things and not break the bank Wink
I also sew because my girls LOVe to design their own items. They will pick a pattern, fabric choices and wah lah, they created something they LOVE because they picked it all Smiley
Polka dots and skulls are AWESOME together Wink At least in vals world they are.
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« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2008 10:16:43 AM »

I enjoy it and can't spend the money for the cute boutique clothes on eBay.  I love making one of a kind outfits for my girls.  I don't have to worry too much about the short stuff that is out there because my oldest is a tomboy and refuses to wear most of that anyway.  I only get to make her hats and pajamas now tho Sad  She is "too old" for that.   My 2 year old happens to love that I can bring in a new dress every few days with something she likes on it.  Usually kitties LOL 

During the summer I can get away with buying a few pairs of shorts and few t-shirts for my 2 year old and everything else is handmade.  It's abit harder in winter for me for some reason.  More clothing is needed and I have less time I guess.
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« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2008 04:55:05 PM »

Hugs MommyTheMaid, my oldest DD is a big tomboy as well.  I make her pj's and costumes but she is balking at a long swing top that I'm smocking for her birthday.  Forget dresses or skirts.  I just doll up the little one (2 in 2 weeks) even more.
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« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2008 11:55:35 PM »

I buy my DD clothes all the time.  I have no problem finding appropriate clothes for her.  I shop at walmart and target though lol  Sometimes oldnavy too.  My sister is a shop-a-holic and buys the rest.  I guess I'll experience the hoochie-mama stuff when she's a bit older, shes 5 right now.  But I make her clothes because it's fun Cheesy  I love to sew and the more experience the better I get.  I don't always find sewing her stuff to be cheaper than buying though, most of the really nice/pretty fabric is EXPENSIVE!  By the time I'm done making her something it costs more than if I had bought it in a store.  But it's so fun and it always ends up as an original/one of a kind Smiley   Plus she thinks it's pretty cool that her "mommy" makes her stuff.
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« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2008 06:47:59 AM »

..............  she thinks it's pretty cool that her "mommy" makes her stuff.

Love that!!!
My kids too Wink
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« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2008 11:54:10 AM »

I like this thread!

I have several reasons. Here they are in no particular order: Sewing is fun. I like the creative outlet. I like being able to dress my girls in unique pieces. I don't like Disney princesses and Dora and Sesame Street (yes, I'm a grinch. Hm... do they make Grinch fabric?) and name brands emblazoned across my children's bodies. I love that my 2 year old gets so excited about the new clothes I make her and tells everyone she sees. I hope she's always excited about it. I think as long as I can make decent looking things and not homemade horrors that she'll be game for a few more years. And hey, maybe then she'll want to sew her own clothes!
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« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2008 11:23:48 AM »

I am anti name brand, i am cheap, i find funky vintage materials in jumble sales and finally i think my daughter would look cute in a flour sack lol!!!
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« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2008 12:05:35 PM »

I have a DD who is tiny. She just turned 5 and only weighs 28 lbs. It is VERY hard to clothe her. She is just getting into 4 tops since she's growing a bit taller but then they fall of her teeny tiny shoulders. Her pants - well just forget it LOL Last summer we did dresses 99.9% of the time. She can wear an 18/24 size but needs a 3 for length. Of course the 18/24 has too much room in the booty since its sized for dipes and she's definitely out of those Wink

So I have decided to dig out my sewing machine and start stitching up some cute stuff for her. My 6 yo on the other hand loves loves loves super cute girly girl outfits and they're very hard to find in stores. I can't afford to pay $75+ for a dress for her so she will sit w/ me and peruse websites and pick out stuff she likes. Right now her wish is for a frog print pinafore & dress with tons of ruffles - should be cute if I can get past all that gathering LOL
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« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2008 05:14:25 PM »

I have a DD who is tiny. She just turned 5 and only weighs 28 lbs. It is VERY hard to clothe her. She is just getting into 4 tops since she's growing a bit taller but then they fall of her teeny tiny shoulders. Her pants - well just forget it LOL Last summer we did dresses 99.9% of the time. She can wear an 18/24 size but needs a 3 for length. Of course the 18/24 has too much room in the booty since its sized for dipes and she's definitely out of those Wink

So I have decided to dig out my sewing machine and start stitching up some cute stuff for her. My 6 yo on the other hand loves loves loves super cute girly girl outfits and they're very hard to find in stores. I can't afford to pay $75+ for a dress for her so she will sit w/ me and peruse websites and pick out stuff she likes. Right now her wish is for a frog print pinafore & dress with tons of ruffles - should be cute if I can get past all that gathering LOL

You may want to consider investing in a ruffler foot.  I think I paid $15 for one and it is so worth it!  I would love to hear about what patterns you use for your teeny daughter since I have one of those too. 
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« Reply #23 on: February 19, 2008 01:21:53 PM »

Wow, how sad. I had no idea that so many people hated what's out there today. I have a 15 year old daughter and she buys on a budget so she doesn't get everything but we do what we can. I don't see her or any of her friends in anything inappropriate. In fact, they love to buy little summer dresses from Alloy, Delias, F21 and Target. They like to look pretty and cute but not slutty so I'm a little shocked that everyone thinks the clothes for 7 and under are hoochie! Strange. I guess I'm not looking in the same stores. As for advertising, they love to wear tees from the music they like. She has Hush Sound, Beatles, and Fall Out Boy because she is proud to wear them. They don't say anything bad, just the brand. She also does her own advertising like Smoking being a lame way to die, and Save Ferris cuz she's an 80's freek. I don't think anyone would look at her and think she's inappropriate! At least I hope not. She doesn't like the girls that wear short shorts and mini minis either!

Anyway, to answer the question, I make things because I love to and because I like to challenge myself to do it as good if not better than the stores out there. I don't feel like the quality is there with a lot of stores anymore. As for their point of view, I try to show them that they can have the same look and do it themselves. It will be made cheaper, made better and it will be one of a kind! ;o)
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« Reply #24 on: February 19, 2008 02:10:27 PM »

One man's trash is another man's treasure. What you find appropriate I may not & vice versa. Also, many of the people posting in this thread have children under age 8- so take that as you will. Mine are 6 & 3 1/2.

I think it's less a fear of hoochie mama stuff for young children so much as Walkingbilboardaphobia. There are specific stores I avoid coughGAPcough that absolutely everything in it has the name brand plastered all over. I want my kids to learn to appreciate good quality first, then if they consistently find quality in a certain brand they are welcome to have it as a favorite. Buying a brand just because it'sthehotthingrightnoweverybody'sgotoneOMGgottahaveit!! turns me off in a big way. I want my kids to think, even about their clothes.

Some stores are more oriented toward what's popular overlooking the age range that the sizes fit. I've seen some apallingly low cut jeans on elementary school kids, short tops (belly shirts), low cut tank tops, really short shorts, obscenely short mini skirts, makes me sad that these parents want such a grown up look on their little kids, why the rush? I found trendy colors and styles without my daughters cheeks hanging out of her skirt. Actually the super low cut jeans I find unattractive even on svelt 18 year olds, let alone the muffin top offenders, how they got to be popular I don't understand, but meh.

Admittedly we all (parents of girls) fall prey once in a while to the skirt that was decent last month suddenly being way shorter than you want your daughter to wear, and not realizing it till she's getting out of the car in it... but when the super short skirt is paired with a cut off tank top and the kid says "look at my new outfit" it was with parents consent.

I guess more than anything else I want my girls to  be comfortable in their own skins, I use good eating & hygene habits as one leg of that confidence building but picking and choosing fashion trends according to what looks good on them is a really big part of that for me. Knowing what a good fit feels like makes wearing clothes more fun. Knowing what kind of cuts look good on your shape is a wealth of knowledge that saves wasted time in dressing rooms. Knowing what colors are flattering on you can help you always look good, even if it's just a tee shirt. I'm teaching my girls these same lessons. I may not be super trendy, I wear pretty basic stuff most of the time, but my clothes fit me well and are decent quality.

This is wandering greatly, but it does refer back to the OT, it's why many of us sew for our children. Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: February 19, 2008 03:28:40 PM »

There are tons of gorgeous clothes for under 7's.  I don't think anyone said all clothes in stores are inappropriate.  My biggest problem is that I have a 6 year old wearing a size 10 and its difficult to find appropriate and affordable clothing for her.
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« Reply #26 on: March 18, 2008 06:32:38 PM »

1) I do like that my DD (3yo) says she wants to wear a top/skirt/dress because Mummy made it.  There is one dress I made, that whilst very good from a technical POV, I find it too fussy, but she loves it so she wears it.

2) For potty training, skirts or dresses were the way to go - made it much easier & quicker to avoid accidents.  Plus some skirts are very easy to make, and plenty are required for the inevitable accidents.  Even now (she goes off to the loo by herself) some trousers (all shop bought) can be a bit challenging for her to undo. 

3) I like to personalise items (initials, never name)

4) I have the problem where I can see something in the shops and think I can make that, only issue there are not enough hours in the day to actually get around to it every time

5) I like to experiment with new sewing techniques, and children clothes are a good canvas to try them out on.

6) I have bought tonnes of fabric, so have got to justify (to DH) the purchases and reasoning to buy more.  Grin
 
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« Reply #27 on: March 19, 2008 07:13:30 AM »

I love to design clothes and designing for little girls is pretty easy.  The sizing and fit is easier to accomplish.  My kids (3 and 4) are also on the skinny side, so it is nice to be able to make clothes that don't fall off of them.  My daughter will proudly say that mommy made her outfit, mostly because people gush over how cute she is wearing her new dress/outfit (...and she is of course! Wink ).  Mostly, I just like to customize clothing and give them something unique that doesn't break the bank. 
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« Reply #28 on: March 19, 2008 08:33:01 AM »

::Applauds Penlowe::!!!  That was fantastically said.

For my two cents, I don't have kids, yet, but I sew for my friends' kids, and will sew for my kids, mostly for the joy of sewing.  And little kids are always so appreciative. 

Added to the fact that an unnamed store has apparently become the "Hannah Montana store" (with the branding) and no child of mine will ever walk around in a shirt (or, Godforbid, booty shorts!) that says "Brat" or some such nonsense.  When did being a brat become a good thing?  Also that they make booty shorts for kids...that's just wrong.  And in my humble opinion, there are a few skirts out there (in every store!) that ought to come with bloomers.
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« Reply #29 on: September 29, 2010 05:13:03 PM »

I love, love LOVE to sew!  OMG, I kick myself every day for not teaching myself 20 years earlier how to sew!  Or taking a sewing class in school!!!!  ARGH!!!!!!!!!

I don't have an aversion to the types/brands/characters.  My daughter's have tons of t-shirt dresses (recons).  I go to the thrift store, find shirts with cute fronts, brand names - I see lots of Old Navy.... Pepsi.... BUY-I...(altho I'm not mormon, and DO have an aversion to the religion.... or more the corporate side of the religion).  I get big sizes, adult Medium, or Large for my 5 year old - she does run smaller than her age, and XL or preferably XXL for my 10 year old (also runs smaller in size, but taller than a weed next to a grasshopper!)  I make them more form fitting in the bodice, and at the lower waist, I make them flare, bringing them down to their knees or mid-thigh.  They usually wear the tall boots, or leggins, so there's not ever too much leg showing, but they are cutsie little legs! lol

I started teaching myself to sew this year because I have a 5 year old with a princess complex now in kindergarten.  I absolutely LOVE the "bella" type look - altho I don't know if that's the right word for it.  The pants with the ruffle at the bottom, the kind of sun dress type tops, peasant tops/dresses underneath to give it that petticoat type look.  I keep waiting for the school to send a note home "please dress River in clothes that are a little more appropriate for kindergarten," but so far, haven't gotten one.  She also has her hair done...every morning.  Messy sock buns are the quickest, easiest, and the CUTEST - especially with those little twisty rhinestone things set around it. 

So I guess my reason for sewing for my children is selfish.  I want all of her friends and friends' parents to look at her and what she is wearing and say "OMG!  That is just the cutest thing I've ever seen!"  How awful of me is that?Huh? lol

NOW... my 11 year old, on the other hand...... would definitely choose to hold a snake than be forced into some frilly dress....... *le sigh*
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« Reply #30 on: September 29, 2010 08:03:36 PM »

Because boys clothes from the store suck!

They all have either something tv related (we dont do tv), or have sports, dinosaurs, bugs, tools, trucks/cars, dull colors, or some other stereotypical 'boy' thing on them.  And if he see's something on a girls shirt he wants, its cut skimpy, or is all pink and glitter and obnoxious looking. 

Its hard to find boys tank tops, and its hot here so they are good to have.

He is potty trained but in 18month size pants - he does not need diaper snaps, or extra 'butt room'.  He hasn't for a while actually, he was mostly out of diapers before he turned 1 (potty trained fully for poop at 8months, and had occasional pee accidents until he was around 15months), and he is super tiny, so its impossible to find clothes that fit right. 

I want unique clothes.
I want him to choose what he wants to wear (he picks fabrics, and designs!)

He loves telling people 'my mommy made it' when he gets compliments on his clothes!
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« Reply #31 on: October 02, 2010 08:27:00 AM »

I love making my kids things. Its nice to not have to run to the store to buy there overpriced crazy designs. I dont buy anything that advertizes for the company as well. We dont shop at Old Navy for that reason. It also makes me feel good when someone compliments my design, and then i say i only have $5 of material in a dress. I just wish i was faster in the turn around time. 
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« Reply #32 on: January 12, 2011 07:38:00 PM »

Well, I just love to sew. I make clothes for myself, too, but not nearly as often as for my daughter. Kids clothes just come together faster. Plus, she's skinny, but I guess average height. Clothes that fit her are often too short, and if I try to fit for height, they're way too big. So, sewing it is.
I am turned off by some of the clothes that are out there. I haven't seen much of the inappropriate/skimpy clothing, but then, my daughter is only 2, so I don't think that's happening with toddler clothing (at least one would hope not). But the "attitude" clothes are a bit off-putting.
However, I don't make all her clothes. If it fits or it just doesn't make sense for me to make it, then I buy. Basics like onesies/t-shirts, leggings, etc. can be had for cheap enough that I don't want to invest the time in making them. Of course, I often can't resist embellishing them.
But really the best part is when she runs around in something I made for her giggling and proudly shouting "Mama made!"
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« Reply #33 on: January 13, 2011 08:34:14 PM »

My reason is also just that I love to sew! I also love being able to make something unique for my daughter. She loves "helping" me make things and playing with fabric (she's 19 months) so that's really fun too. It's something my mother taught me how to do, that I also think about passing down to my daughter. I wore clothes my mom made for me (in fact, she made my wedding dress!) so that makes it a bit special for me to make them for my LO Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: February 03, 2011 09:53:04 AM »

Being able to customize fit is a bit thing- DS is long waisted and finding pants that don't cause him to have plumber butt is a pain.

I also like not adding to the carbon footprint by upcycling clothing.  I can go to the thrift store & buy a pair of mens pants that have more then enough fabric to cut down for a new pair.  I've noticed that it is very hard to find "used" clothing in boys sizes and what is out there is so destroyed that I can't justify buying even for "play" clothing.

He is showing interest in wanting to sew- I've been looking at "toy" sewing machines to get for him (mine is too much of a tank to trust him not hurting himself)- and why is every toy sewing machine pink?Huh
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« Reply #35 on: March 11, 2011 08:54:58 AM »

Because I love to sew, and clothing my plus size and pregnant self would cost far more than buying it... Plus clothes for K just come together faster. If I really set my mind to it (and got off the computer LOL) I could make an outfit a day for her, for less than $1 from thrifted fabric.

That's an interesting thought... A new outfit every day... I have a good 40 t-shirts sitting on my ironing board waiting to be upcycled... Oh now I wish I hadn't had that thought... Now I want to try it... even if just for a couple of weeks...
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« Reply #36 on: July 21, 2011 02:12:59 PM »

I wore a lot handmade clothing as a child during my elementry years, because my mom loved sewing. I remember enjoying all the positive attention I recieved at school for my clothing especially the dresses during the holidays. I had grown an appreciation for all things handmade and/or frugal and want to pass that to my daughter. I know she feels pretty special wearing something unique, especially when she gets to pick out the fabrics.
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« Reply #37 on: August 15, 2011 01:20:40 PM »

I wore handmade clothing growing up too, like Green Gypsy, and I loved it. When my two older girls (20 &19) were small, I sewed for them because it was usually cheaper. I still sew for the 19 year old Smiley I sew for my 8 year old because she likes to be different and I love to design clothes. It's not always cheaper to do so now but it is always worth the compliments she gets on the things I make her. I do buy branded clothes if 1. they are on sale (I hate paying more for their clothes than I do my own) and 2. they are good quality. We've been school clothes shopping recently and the things I have seen are going away from the hoochie mama look. Things seem more girlie and age appropriate now.
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« Reply #38 on: October 04, 2011 05:35:47 PM »

Most of what I sew at the moment is to save some money. My daughter has outgrown lots of dresses, but i can cut them off and make a skirt for my youngest daughter for example. With 5 kids I just can't afford to keep buying new clothes!
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« Reply #39 on: November 04, 2011 09:41:13 AM »

I had to sew really as my daughter is small for her age so I'm forever adjusting. I'm a beginner but also love to make her clothes when I get time to. Yes, I really enjoy it. Smiley Oh and knowing I wont be totally freaking out when she announces the school fancy dress day/play/whatever in a few years time!
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« Reply #40 on: November 04, 2011 09:57:34 AM »

I sew some for my kids. Not as much as I would like. My 4 year old is MUCH easier to please than my 12 year old. If I buy brand names, it is because they are on sale...like clearance sale. I made some really cute pillow case dresses for the 4 year old this summer and made them just a bit bigger for tops for the 12 year old and she actually liked them! Now you guys have me thinking about sewing some winter stuff.
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« Reply #41 on: February 05, 2012 11:15:31 AM »

we do get clothes second hand and all the rest I usually sew. It is cheaper, better quality and of course way nicer and more individual AND I love working on something and immediately getting a great, cute result.
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« Reply #42 on: October 28, 2012 11:29:40 PM »

As I get older I'm more interested in practical applications for my creativity. Also I'm not a fan of animals on every single thing and I'm not a fan of the current color palettes. Okay so she's a girl. Does she HAVE to always be in pink and purple? Why are we afraid of greys and black on children?
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« Reply #43 on: December 02, 2012 06:58:39 PM »

I just like making stuff for people I care about, whether it's clothes, food, whatever.  Sewing is a creative outlet for me.  And purchased boy clothes are soooo boring a lot of the time.

Although I get very frustrated at the lack of "boy" fabrics.  And I disagree that it is cheaper to sew than buy.  But it is easier to make what you want than find what you're looking for sometimes.

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« Reply #44 on: April 09, 2013 06:54:45 AM »

I sew for my kids because

1. I LOOOVE some of the fabrics that are out right now and just have to make SOMETHING out of them.
2. The clothes that I make are better quality then many department stores
3. My kids appreciate them more when they are homemade, thus treating them better
4. I like to show off (lol!)
5. I have extra fabric many times that I can piece things together
6. I completely enjoy it!
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« Reply #45 on: June 01, 2013 04:21:47 AM »

I have three boys and several nieces.

I sew for kiddos because I don't enjoy quilting! LOL

I love to sew and I like projects that come together quickly. Kids clothes fulfill my need of completing a cute project. 

I buy good quality fabrics, so Sewing is not less expensive than purchasing clothing, especially on sale, from the store; however since I use sewing as a stress reliever and hobby, I don't mind spending the money.
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« Reply #46 on: November 12, 2013 11:58:07 PM »

I have not sew clothes yet but my wife learn fashion designing course & she always create & sew some thing new for our childrens with latest designes...
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