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Kids' Choice

Friday, April 11, 2014

If there's one thing that children love, it's having a say. It starts at such a young age, when that sense of preference hits them (or hits us!).  My sewing world has changed quite drastically in the past few months since my little girl has suddenly decided that she wants to have some input in the clothing she wears.  Fabric shopping trips have changed from her being an observer, to her expressing her specific tastes.  It's been very rewarding to watch her acquire this newfound independence.  My boy on the other hand, has always been quite content with mommy's selections, although if it's blue and has elephants on it, he has some stronger opinions!

THE IDEA:
That's where the idea for Kids' Choice came from.  Teaming up with l'oiseau, my favourite place for beautiful, high quality fabrics and trims, we are issuing a challenge: sew something for your kids, but let them choose the fabric, the outfit, and the accessories!  Maybe you do this all the time, maybe not. Either way, it's going to be fun to share all the kid-inspired outfits!

THE SPONSOR:
If there's one place online that I can go to for the best quality fabrics, it's l'oiseau.  Whether its jersey knits, wovens, patterns, or super fun trims, I always shop with confidence knowing that what arrives in the mail, is exactly what I'm hoping for and often exceeds my expectations.  What is different about their products, is that they are unique and specially selected, some not even available anywhere else in North America!  And their customer service is second to none.  Special thanks to l'oiseau for generously sponsoring this event.

Here's a little peek at what I made with goodies from my last shopping 'trip' to l'oiseau...

Iron-On Transfers: Hearts from l'oiseau
Rib Knit: Ottobre 
Patterns: Ottobre 01/14

THE DETAILS:
From May 1-9, you can link up your projects here at E & E and share all your creations.  Enter as many times as you like, even it's an outfit you've made before.  Then, on May 11, three submissions will be chosen at random to win the ultimate Mother's Day gift: a shopping spree at l'oiseau of $50 each!  At a later date, coordinated by the winners and myself, they will show us what they made with their winnings here at E&E.  How fun will that be?!

So, the only rule here is that the kids get to choose.  That's it!

If you plan to participate, grab a button, and help spread the word.  This is going to be so fun!

Elegance & Elephants


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23 comments on "Kids' Choice"
  1. Awesome idea! I love it! I'm participating for sure!

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    1. YAY!!! Can't wait to see what you make, Shelly! :)

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  2. My opinionated 3y/o boy and I will be participating!

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  3. My son just started on his "Me pick! Choose...Um....um....um...That one!" Takes forever but it's kinda fun :)

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  4. That sounds fun! My daughter just chose a vintage pattern she wants me to make for her. Now to let her choose the fabric!

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  5. Count me in. They always choose the fabric these days

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  6. Kids are funny...at least my kids have been. They go through a very opinionated stage up till about 5-6 and then they don't care at all what they are wearing and then all of a sudden around 11 they REALLY care again. We'll be joining in this one.

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  7. This is absolutely, positively awesome!!! Our oldest niece might love this so much there would be no turning back! Am I understanding correctly that they choose the pattern also?

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  8. I LOVE this idea!! We will be participating!

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  9. Great idea Heidi! I'm in for sure! I'm curious to see what my almost 3 years old daughter will choose from my stash!

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  10. Sound fun! I'm in! I get to teach the kiddos how to shop online! Lol

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  11. I'm in....my now 7 yr picked out some very random fabrics for her Easter dress last yr and it's still probably one of my favorite dresses to date:) totally designed by her.

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  12. Sounds fun Heidi! My 9 year old girl won't wear anything if she doesn't choose it. It's a little stressful, because sometimes she chooses patterns with fabric that SCREAMS homemade, and I like my things to look store bought. Since she went all tween on me, I try to only buy knots and higher end fabrics- good fabric is my saving grace. Unfortunately, I have lots of old quilters cotton hanging around, and occasionally I am forced to make retro stuff. Retro in a bad way though. But it's okay, as long as she's liking what I make! This will be a fun challenge, but you might get some funny crazy outfits from me!

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  13. This is a great idea Heidi! My girl is only just starting to get opinionated about what she wears so this should be fun! :)

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  14. This sounds so fun - my 3 year old just started showing interest in my stash and picking out "her" fabrics!

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  15. very fun! I'd be a little scared... but I already have one outfit I can link up because my son chose the fabric... Emily@nap-timecreations.com

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  16. ah! hoping to join in--my boys recently chose the most bold fabrics for shirts....and I couldn't resist!

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  17. Such a great idea! My daughter is very opinionated when it comes to her clothes. This will be fun!

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  18. I'm in! My nearly-3yo and I went to Joann's yesterday. The fabric is BRIGHT! Today I'm going to let her pick the pattern. LOL I hope it's ok I chose the piping fabric because she got distracted and ran off to play with balls before she picked.

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  19. Sounds like fun! And interesting Too... Is this open for international sewers?

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  20. Fun! I linked it here: http://swoodsonsays.com/sew-a-long-calendar/

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  21. where do I submit my pic

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  22. I already know the material my son will pick, Thomas the Tank Engine, its always the same :) The pattern on the other hand could be anything, cant wait to find out!

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