Maybe you've heard or even better maybe you are participating... it's KCW! One hour of sewing everyday for the kiddos and the theme this time is upcycling. Ummm how could I resist? I love upcycling, it's kind of my specialty and it's just what I needed to get my sewing mojo back. 

I recently received a copy of both Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids and Sew Sweet: Handmade Clothes for Girls from Tuttle Publishing. Now if you've been reading this blog for a while, you might already know I am slightly, or maybe I should say very obsessed with Japanese sewing books. I am also know to be a purist and kind of like my books to be in Japanese, but I have to say having them written in English makes everything so much simple! Like regular Japanese books, these are beautifully illustrated and made easy to follow. The photos are so pretty to look at too and now let's not forget all the amazing styles and cute patterns. Can you imagine you get over 20 patterns for about 12$. Yeah crazy right? The patterns are high quality with all the right markings, notches included and with instructions. Soooo worth it. I can't even tell you the amount of Japanese books I have. 

So today I decided to upcycle a plaid dress of mine into a cute summer dress for MissE. This dress was actually handed down to me by my cousin, talk about getting plenty of use! 

I used a pattern from the Sew Chic Kids book, a simple pinafore with a small ruffle detail at the shoulder and a button closure. I  actually used some vintage snaps I had on hand and put two, one next to the other. 

A simple and fast sew with a sweet classic and intemporel feel. 

The plaid fabric had some lovely scallop hem and embroidered details which makes the dress extra special. 

Thankfully, we don't need to wait for summer to wear this dress, layered with a turtleneck, over some jeggings and topped with a thick sweater we can wear it when we want! Woo hoo! 

Best part, MissE loved it! A few quick photos after school as the sun went down which we could hardly see as there was a snowstorm outside made for some very moody (sorry for the blurriness) photos. It felt good putting on a summer dress on the coldest day of the year! 

So I will be sewing my upcycled garments from both these books all along this week, I can't wait there are so many fun items to make that I am having a hard time choosing which to make next.

And the best part is that YOU have a chance to win both books! I will be choosing TWO lucky winners on Monday at noon. Good luck! 

All you have to do is follow the instructions on the rafflecoptor and feel free to spread the news! 

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See you tomorrow and happy sewing!