In an ideal world, my answer would be: "Yes, everything they wear is handmade with love".
The real answer is something like this: "No way José."
How's that for honesty? I'll go even further and explain why in unnecessary details, because what is a blog without unnecessary detail?
1. Elliott initially hates anything I make for her. No joke. (Proof: see here and here. Just because she's aged doesn't mean she's any better.)
2. We're given SO much clothing by family and friends. It's kind of a waste to have more.
3. I'll flip if it gets ruined. And you probably wouldn't want to witness that.
4. Typically costs WAY more that buying off the rack. (Anyone love the Gap Kids clearance racks like I do? Holla!)
5. No guarantee of quality or cuteness. (That's a lot of pressure!)
6. Whenever I sew, my world crashes down around me. I forget to feed my family, I don't do dishes or keep up with housework, and then...after all the trouble... see #1.
Last year though, I made the Oliver and S Popover Sundress for Elliott. The pattern is free (yay!) and it is quick and simple to sew. She wore it once (begrudgingly) and apparently it has been shoved into the back of a drawer ever since, wadded up and forgotten.
When I was picking through her clothing this morning, I stumbled across a hint of familiar green seersucker and decided that this dress would be worn a second time. I prepared myself mentally for a massive throwdown, and I kid you not, I walked into the living room and handed Elliott her clothing and she replied "Oh, I looooooove this dress!".
So, here, after months have gone by, someone appreciates my hard work. Naturally, this had to be documented.
Little sister is modeling her big sister's hand-me-down Target mix-n-matches, which, despite their cheapness are virtually indestructible, and again this is very demoralizing in the sewing arena. The bunny that Bennett has shoved in her mouth is affectionately (and truthfully) called "stinky bunny". It's rarely very far from her grasp, which is unfortunate, because it sure could stand to be washed daily based on the amount of love it receives.
You know, the human spirit never fails to amaze me. After just one little glimmer of Elliott's appreciation, all I can think about is sewing.
(For the sake of details--I purchased the seersucker at Joann a few years ago and used scraps of navy blue cotton for the yoke. I had a small scrap of white piping and added it under the yoke for detail. I used the 3T size with a 4T length, as the dress is very easy to customize.)