The quick answer is yes, at least once! The more complicated answer is yes or no, depending on their mood, the weather, their favorite color on any given day and quite possibly the alignment of the stars :)
I was going through all three girls' closets the other day, which is not a task for the faint of heart :) It got me thinking (along with this post earlier this month) that I should take a few minutes to really determine which handmade items get worn so I can focus my sewing a little better. In other words, I shouldn't sew because my initial response to a pattern or idea is "hey that looks fun/challenging to sew!" but rather to sew from a "hey my kid would wear that!" point of view. I have way too many "fun to sew" looks that just sit around and never get worn. Don't get me wrong, I get a lot of personal satisfaction from challenging myself with sewing, but I think there would be just as much (if not more!) satisfaction to actually be clothing my kids instead of just sewing for them. That may be a bit nit picky of a distinction, but I think it will radically change the way I sew!
So here are some of the items (in no particular order) that were the most frequently worn this past year. You can click on any of the pictures to go to the original post which has the info about pattern and materials used.
1. Any easy on and off warm weather dress
2. Skirts that are girly but can also be worn for riding bikes
3. Things made to fulfill a specific kid request
4. Stuff made by my kids - both of my girls have asked for their own sewing machines, so I anticipate more stuff made by them in the near future :)
5. A few Japanese patterns
6. Comfortable layering pieces
7. The Geranium Dress pattern by Made by Rae - one of my favorites
8. Things made with my own patterns - these were obviously designed to fill a need so they should be on this list, or else I did something wrong :) I didn't blog about the top in the second picture, but it's one of the first versions of the Izzy top that I made last winter!
I know I'm not the only one out there with closets full of good intentions :) For me personally this post will probably result in less pattern testing since that rarely fills an actual wardrobe need. I also will be reusing some patterns more often once I know that they are favorites. I tend to only make things once because I like change, but I know that small alterations can be made to almost any pattern and the result is a whole new look. Overall, I believe I just need to be more deliberate when I sew and find a better balance between my need for a creative outlet and my desire to make practical things. I know it will be a slow process with many slip-ups along the way, but I'm pretty sure that's how I do everything in life :)