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KCW and a pratical knock it off

I'll start with a statement. 
I am cheap. 
I don't refashion and re-use just because it is fun and pushes my creativity. Well, it does that too and I  much appreciate it. But the main reason why I do that is because I live on a budget. We have one only income and it's not that much, so how can I feed my hobby and love for sewing when everything is so expansive (for me at least!)? You have to become resourceful when you find yourself in this situation. 

It has been KCW from the 27th 'til today. Everytime KCW happens, I plan to behave and sew along the entire week and get great things done. In my dreams, of course! This time is was illness that didn't allow me to organize for the event. Still, it seams I always squeeze something at the last minute. Of course, it isn't something beautiful or much interesting. I went practical. I tried to get something done, which was needed and always postponed, left behind for things that could have actually waited a bit more. 

So, my kid went to a daycare center back in September and she needed a school overall like the other kids. I ordered it as all moms and waited, and waited and waited for it to come. Over a month it arrived and it was painful for me to pay 20€ for it. I mean, it wasn't even well finished or anything, I'm sure those buttons are nearly falling by now. So, what does a smart sewing momma do? Go run to the fabric store and buys blue, yellow and red fabric... I knew I had a quite enough of the similar orange and when I organized my fabric stash a while ago I realized I didn't need the red either. Anyway... I bought the three pieces of fabric - just enough for the overall, and spent less than 4€... Mmmm interesting! I could make 5 of these with the 20€. 

But, as I mentioned this has been postponed ever since and I was getting tired of hurrying washing the bought one everytime it came home. and it's winter so it doesn't dry that easy, and yes, I do have a dryer but I refuse to make it work with one piece in it only. So, I finally did the overall this weekend. Started and saturday morning and almost finished, but then I started to feel dizzy again (blood pressure hasn't been nice lately), and I had to stop until sunday, when I finally made the button holes and sewn all buttons to it. Also had to add the pocket (and only realised it's not even when I edited these photos - gotta take it off an do again!), and handstitched her name on it. 


  1. I think your masterpiece is so much nicer than the bought garment. I can tell that the one you made is much better quality even from the pictures. Great job.
    I hope you start to feel better!

  2. Conseguiste fazer melhor que o original !! Parece ter muitos melhores acabamentos e o bolso extra large fica-lhe muito bem ! 20€ é muito dinheiro para uma peça desse tamanho e para a utilidade que a peça tem, quem não fez o mesmo que tu, ter que pagar mais por outras batas é uma pequena fortuna ! Beijinhos

  3. Hey- I'd call that a really good replica! & I bet all the other mommy's at school will be sad they have to pay 20 and cannot make one for 4 themselves!

    The Life Of A Compulsive Crafter

  4. Wow! yours is so much better. and the colour will probably stay bright as well!
    and hey, she will be moving all the time anyway, so don't fret about the pocket. It isn't noticeable till you said something and even then not a glaring thing!
    Keep resting.
    Sandy in the UK

  5. Andava há meses para a fazer. Melhor ou não, fazia mesmo falta! O bolso é do mm tamanho que o outro, só que a bata é que é mais curta, qd comprei o tecido não tinha medido e comprei um pouco menos do que necessitava para o comprimento. Mas tb, a outra fica-lhe muito comprida, assim tb está bom. 20€ é muito, quero lá saber que seja para a cruz vermelha ou não!! Beijocas

  6. Awesome knock off, Magda! That's a big price difference. Hope you are feeling better soon.

  7. Great job! Yours looks so great! I like yours better!

  8. It looks so good:) I have to agree with refashioning making sewing affordable!! I'm sure you are delighted to have finally made it - I think we all know that feeling re the project in the back of the cupboard!

    1. Thanks Vicky! In fact I am, everyday i would stare at the fabric and feel awful that i hadn't done it yet. I'm glad it is crossed from the list now.

  9. Olá Magda!
    Parabéns! O Teu ficou MUITO melhor e mais bonito! Até podes fazer para vender... lol
    Beijos de Portugal (Lisboa)
    Helena A.

    1. Olá Helena! Obrigado pelo comentário. Eu costumo mesmo aceitar encomendas quando me pedem já há vários anos =)

  10. Ma-ra-vi-lho-so! Que imitação mais do que perfeita! Bem melhor do que o "original"...

    1. Obrigado! Até foi bem fácil de fazer... eu é que andava a adiar adiar adiar...


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