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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...
« 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
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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.

« 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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