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Monday, March 17, 2014

Let's Get This Party Started!! The ONE HUNDREDTH OUTFIT Celebration!

Outfit 100 - 2013-14 School Year

So, every year in Elementary school, most schools celebrate the 100th day of school. 100 has a lot of significance to people. 100 years is a century. Willard Scott celebrates the birthdays of people over 100. It's a pretty big deal in a lot of things. That brings us here, to this blog, to this outfit. This idea to chronicle a school year of sewing for my ten year old daughter kind of came out of nowhere. I had been very discouraged by the lack of sewing blogs that made reference to sewing for the older child, nevertheless finding any dedicated. My goal was really to inspire people to  keep on sewing. Not to lose the bond that having your child wearing something you crafted with your hands creates. Every blog entry is a memory for me, a mark in time. I have her first day of school, her birthday, and many many just random days that I will forever (well as long as there is internet) be able to look back and remember my sweet, beautiful ten year old daughter. So, I am so thrilled to be able to mark this milestone of sewing her 100th outfit for this 2013-14 school year. This is her fifth grade year, her last year of elementary before she begins that transition from childhood into adulthood. And, I am honored to have been able to share this with all of my readers. I have been humbled to hear from so many people how they decided to sew for their older child because of stopping by. I am honored to have been asked to test patterns for the older child and to give my input into the development of tween patterns. I have around 30 outfits left for this school year. The blog won't end at the end of the year. It will just be different. For the summer, we will be documenting our travels as we are heading to Europe at the end of the school year. Once we get back, we will be still sewing for tweens but there will be more tutorials, more elaborate sewing (its hard to get super elaborate things done when you have four outfits a week to do), and hopefully more encouraging people to sew for the tween set. So, without further ado - let's delve into the 100th outfit of the Handmade School Year Challenge.

So, this is supposed to be a party, right? So, when I was trying to think of what outfit would best represent the 100th, this one came to mind. It was perfect. AND being that today was St Patrick's Day, I tied in the green and the rainbow. I used the Kenzie's Party Dress from Everything Your Mama Made Here is one of their sample pictures.

The sample picture is similar to what I ended up making (even though I just saw this picture when I started drafting the blog post.) I knew I wanted something fun and colorful, just like she is. So, here is our 100th outfit - the Kenzie Party Dress.

She loved using the Lucky Charms box and I think it fit perfectly for the dress :) Isn't it a lot of fun. I will warn you though - it was a 3am night last night finishing this - so budget time for it. 

And now, to help keep the party going all week - we are going to have a Christie's Favorite Things giveaway! 

One lucky reader will get a package of some of my favorite sewing related goodies. This package will include:
                * A trial size bottle of one of my FAVORITE laundry detergents in of course the scent of DIVA
                * A pack of Shout! Color Catchers because when you are prewashing fabrics they are                                    AMAZING.
                * A seam ripper
                * A package of glass head pins (so you can iron with your pins in)
                * A blue washable marking pen
                * 3 awesome cuts of fabric
                * AND Kymy from Everything Your Mama Made has very generously donated not one but TWO tween patterns from her pattern line to our winner!

The giveaway will go until Sunday and I will announce the winner on Monday's blog. All you have to do to get two entries is go through the rafflecopter links and like my Sewing in Between Facebook page and like BFJ Photography's page. We aren't big Facebook spammers and my Facebook will keep you up to date on the goings on of the blog. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you all SO much for your support and encouragement over the last 100 outfits :) And it's not over yet - we still have AWESOME things coming.


  1. Sorry I haven't popped in for a while to leave you a comment but I have been watching :) The winter has been soooooo long I am not sewing much myself but you seem to be sewing up a storm!! Congrats on 100 gorgeous outfits.

    1. Thank you so much! :) And thank you for keeping up with my crazy sewing. Hopefully now that the air seems to be thawing out you will get some sewing mojo back! I have all of these PDFs for spring/summer and I am excited now that the weather is warming up for them :)!!