What They Wore, and What They Didn’t

This summer the kids drawers will largely be filled by clothes made by mom and grandma. While I was sorting through fabric and deciding on patterns to fill the current holes I started thinking about what they would actually like- what is going to get worn.

Now I will disclaimer this post with my kids are 2 and 3. Their opinions are subject to change. And some of the things that didn’t get worn are more me than them. But just for fun here are the 5 things they wear the most and the 5 things they don’t.

It’s Getting Worn and Loved-

I’m linking the post when there is one, click to check out details and more pic.s if you like.

The Anywhere Dress this little striped dress became a fast favorite of mom and toddler alike. It also elicited the incredibly rare husband compliment.

Monster PJs– If they are in the drawer that’s what he’s wearing. Period.

Parasaurolophus shirt- I didn’t do a post on this but it is a repurposed shirt re-made using the free Basic Tee pattern from Dana.  I made a stack of them and then O and I searched the internet for images of his favorite dinos to freezer stencil onto his new shirts. He has 5 different dino shirts. He pretty much just wants to wear the Parasaurolophus shirt. Side note- quiz me I can name like 50 dinosaurs based primarily on silhouette. 

Rollerskate dress– I made this dress for Easter, but it’s comfortable and cotton so it gets worn. I made her up a reversible version this weekend, there will be a post later this week.

Raglan Tee- I made some tweaks based on the original tutorial and draft in this post, and used the remaining monster knit. The sleeves pull slightly farther out on the neck.

He likes this version best, and once he got over that it could be worn out of the house and not just for pjs- is pretty happy rocking it. I also applied the neckband using the raw edge method from Sewing for Boys Raw Edge Raglan (also a well worn shirt).

raglan sleeve pattern

So that’s the good stuff, time well spent right?

What about the blood, sweat, thread and swears that turned out to be less productive?

I’m Not Putting That on, Just NO

The Paperfan dress This dress was not that easy to construct. Box pleats, and knife pleats, and buttons, and I was trying to do it really fast….And I think she has worn it once. She didn’t complain about it, but I don’t LOVE it. And it is still in my ironing pile. This dress is going to have to be ironed completely back into shape every time it is washed. Hand me the spray starch kind of ironed. I mentioned I have a 2 and 3 yr old right?

The Quilted Top-  I like this top, I like it on him. He will not have it. I was lucky to get it on him for pictures. I suppose as a small win he has started wearing this jacket– grudgingly.

The fleece Varsity Top– My kid hates fleece, as it turns out. I’ve learned my lesson. I get it, you hate fleece. The good news is the pattern is still a keeper. In knit or sweatshirt material he is happy as a clam in it. But the fleece version NO! I have had this experience a couple times and I’m officially calling off my sewing relationship with fleece.

The Nowhere pants– It’s a nice pattern, I know some swear by it- and they are handsome pants. But they are way to skinny legged for my kid. So sadly these pants I really like are not getting worn at all. Good news is M will probably wear them someday.

The Go to Cape We pattern tested this one, and I felt a little bad I couldn’t even get it pseudo on her. She has a straight up seizure when you try. I was worried she would hurt herself with the flailing… This cape and I- man we went a few rounds.

Also as it turns out the tension in my bobbin was days from completely burning out. I wasn’t the worst sewist/buttonholer ever my machine was just in major need of repair. This helped me feel better, but it doesn’t warm my memory of constructing this garment which is currently only serving to pretty the closet.

Your turn! 

Let see your wins and losses, feel free to link them in the comments or share them on our Facebook page. I always think it is interesting to see what gets worn, and what doesn’t.

Happy Sewing,


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  • Cindy May 14, 2013, 7:15 am

    Rachel, I’m impressed by your dino knowledge! It’s amazing what we learn when our kids obsess, I mean take an interest in something.:) I had to laugh about the fleece hate! K feels that way about velour and has maintained that hate for over 7 years.lol

    Over the last year, most of my sewing for the kids has been a success as I’ve really paid attention to their likes/dislikes. But there were still a few that didn’t get much wear. Most notably, the O+S Nature Walk pullover I made P that didn’t get worn after the blog post (too tight). The long sleeved striped knit tee with a wave on the chest was popular for a about a month and then it disappeared into the back of his dresser. He said that the shirt was too silky feeling–there is a bit of rayon in the fabric. I guess I’m going to have to make sure that any tops I sew for him are 100% cotton. For the girls, the Clever Charlotte Jasper vest got worn twice. They just don’t like vests/blazers.

  • Amy Mayen May 14, 2013, 8:31 am

    Ive been paying closer attention to what Bella likes…she absolutely refuses to wear the summer romper I made her…I want to make things she loves! She’s the hardest person to sew for because her style is very important to her. I’ve learned a lot about sewing for babies this year too…if its hard to put on/ take off it doesn’t get much love either. I liked this post!

  • Ajaire May 14, 2013, 9:58 pm

    I’m happy to hear he’s wearing the comic jacket (even if begrudgingly)! This is a great post. I have to say my favorite these days is the anywhere dress too. In 2T 3/4 sleeves HA! It looks adorable on my girl so I have her wear it all the time. It looks so comfy. I love your little girl in hers too.
    I have some of that heart fabric and still haven’t made anything with it. The hearts seem to pull into themselves when the fabric is washed so I KNOW it will have to be ironed every single time. I’m so glad to hear the same feedback from you. Maybe I’ll make a bag with it haha.

  • Heidi May 16, 2013, 6:23 am

    Husband compliments are SO RARE in this house too!! Great job on getting one! 🙂 I have to laugh at the dinosaur knowledge. I’m that way with any of the Thomas the Train characters 🙂 I’ve learned with my kids if it’s a knit fabric they are more likely to wear it. Unfortunately for me since I’d prefer to sew with wovens! But I am usually happy with how the knit projects turn out too…


  • Diana Rambles May 23, 2013, 6:42 pm

    Cute shirt!

  • Justine/ sew country chick May 25, 2013, 12:09 am

    I love this post! I make a lot of stuff my kids never wear now I don’t feel so bad! No matter how adorable if they say no that’s it, isn’t it?

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