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19 February 2011

The "Downside" of Having a Sewing Blog

This is so embarrasing.

If there is a downside to having a sewing blog, it's the excess of clothes.


I find a pattern I like and it multiplies.

This is a small portion of the over 50 handmades Little V currently has in her closet.  I have given away bundles of my handmades before, but shipping becomes really expensive.  I don't have any relatives to give them to, and this is my last child.  Although I'll keep the odd favorite, I have an overwhelming number of "extras".  I thought about posting a "Wanna Trade?" post to offer to trade some with readers for whatever... What do you do with your outgrown handmades?

And if you're in the mood to sew, check out Brown Paper Packages' blog for a pattern giveaway for this creative skirt:

26 comments:

Melissa said...

If you have any 3-5T's I would be willing to buy them and pay shipping! These are darling!! I am just starting to sew for daughter, who is a very tall 3 year old. It is so much fun, but it can get to be a bit much. These are so cute!! You pick out great fabrics too!

Jennifer said...

Sell them second-hand as the boutique-quality awesomeness that they are!

**Danielle** said...

Little Dresses for Africa :)
http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/

hawkeyejlp said...

Be sure to keep some for her! Wish my mom had saved some of the loveliness she made for me. Must remember to take my own advice! I give away my too-smalls to non- sewing friends and admirers.

Brittany said...

Maybe take them to a Red Cross and they can get them to someone who needs them? Or a church around Christmas time, most will have families needing gifts and these would be perfect!

Meg said...

I usually keep for hand me downs to friends or my next one... I also like to give some to hugsandhope.org there are kids on there that have cancer and sometimes it is just the pick me up they need!

Lisa said...

Ebay girl! It costs money to make the new ones! Pay for the fabric!

Crystal said...

Oh it is great to give away to a good cause but I am with Melissa. There are heaps of people out there that would love original handmade designs for their little ones but they can't sew. Take photo's of each one and post a new album on Facebook or even here on your blog and have a sale. People who want to buy then type SOLD underneath and they pay postage. Easy. Then any leftovers or ones that don't get sold DONATE.

indywriter said...

I save most of the homemade stuff for my girls' future children.

Funny story: My MIL made my husband an outfit when he was very young. She passed it down to her Sister-in-law a couple years later for her little boy. It was then sent to Goodwill or sold in a yard sale (in back in the 70's). When I was pregnant with my first daughter in 2000, my MIL went to a local thrift store... and found the shirt she made all those years ago for my husband. It was still in great shape. She bought it and put it on a teddy bear she had made for my daughter.

Candee said...

I give them away to my nieces. They love it!

LB3K said...

So tell me. . . how much time do you spend ironing each week?!?!?

Big Mama said...

I'm all about holding on to them! I'm not done having babies, so I'm sure I'll get more use out of them :) and a couple that are really special (baptism outfits) I'm hoping to pass on to them when they're older!

Deborah Raymond said...

You have so many fun articles of clothing in your pictures!

I really only make what my children can easily use. Other than that, I use my mad skills to create handmade birthday gifts, wedding gifts and more. I always have so many things on my wish list to make that my children's closet is actually beginning to suffer since there is so much more to sewing than clothing.

p.s. to the comment above- I just LOVE to iron the handmade cotton items, it's like bringing it back to life.

natasha | sohobutterfly said...

I would TOTALLY be willing to take some springy-summery 2T or 3T off your hands! I would pay for shipping too (we live in Alberta). Or... if you live where you think you live... then my dad lives there too and he could even pick 'em up from your place, so you wouldn't have to do a thing! Let me know!!

Darny said...

I'm in total awe of your sewing output, I struggle to find sewing time and end up buying clothing to bulk out the kids wardrobes. My wee Miss 2 would love it if I made her in excess of 50 bits of loveliness!
I'm sure you could sell some of those wonderful dresses to those who don't have the time or skills to create themselves

The Desselles said...

Anything you're willing to sell, I would gladly pay for them plus the shipping. I have two little girls who would wear your gorgeous clothes beautifully. (I can also take photos of them wearing them for you to use for your advertising purposes.)

Emma Thomsen said...

Wow, you have a great eye for colour! A really lovely mix. How about selling them on Etsy or Ebay, they would be snapped up! ;D

Fun4Me said...

I would definitely buy some! Ebay is great for selling used baby clothes. Just be sure to post something on you blog to tell us where to find them! Of course, if you're not into that, you could do giveaways or fun little contests on your blog.

cbryan said...

I'm am in total agreement with the other commenters! Save a box for your future grand-babies, post some online for sale and donate whatever you have left! I for one would so buy a dress as cute as the ones you make!

cookieandclaire said...

I think you should sell them somehow some way.... You can tell from the comments that you would be cleaned out! You could but more fabric or give the money to your favorite charity.

Nancy's Couture said...

I don't think that's embarrassing at all. I think it's AWESOME! What a lucky little girl.
I have been looking for the Portobella Pixie "claire" pattern and I'm not having any luck :( I've tried Etsy and Ebay. I'm just going to keep checking and maybe I'll get lucky!

Casey said...

Feel free to send some this way, I'll pay shipping. I LOVE your little outfits for your daughter. Didn't you have an etsy store...you could post them there.

Jen said...
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Jen said...

hmmm, if you have the Sugar City Village Frock pattern I'm willing to buy it off of you:) I see you've made a couple versions and they're adorable!!!

Lisa said...

I couldn't remember if I ever came back and thanked you for the awesome pair of pants I won in your giveaway a while back. I love them! I think I'm going to crochet a cute little summery top to go with them...
Thanks again!

DeAnna said...

If there was a Sewing Dork etsy shop, I'd buy stuff. We have 2 little girls about to be added to my family.