I decided that it would be fun to make Christmas pajamas for the kids this year. I actually got them made before Christmas and even got a few pictures taken but then our computer died. Ack!
My husband tried all kinds of strategies to fix it but ultimately we had to buy a new computer. Thankfully he’s great about running multiple backups so nothing was lost. And now that we’re back in business I have a few 2014 projects left to share before doing a year-end roundup.
So, the pajamas. I used the serger so these were pretty fast to whip up. I’ve found that serging the seams (without first stitching on my normal machine) holds up fine through lots of wear and washes. Admittedly, it doesn’t look as nice because you can see the stitches when the seam pulls a bit. If I owned many colors of serger thread and took the time to change between projects I guess this would be less of a problem. Maybe that will be a 2015 sewing goal. But given the nature of holiday pajamas and time constraints I was happy to serge away with my white thread.
For the tops I used the Made By Rae flashback skinny tee in sizes 2T and 5T. For E I added both length and width (this tutorial was very helpful for adding width properly). For O I added a band to the shirt hem, thus avoiding any top stitching. I left E’s dress unhemmed. She told me she likes how it rolls up and I was happy to avoid pulling out the double needle. I love the fit on this pattern- just the right tightness to show off baby bellies and not be too baggy on my girl.
The pants are both Titchy Threads fancy pants leggings. I made a shortened 2t for O and straight size 4 for E. I think this pattern runs long because it is rare that size 4 pants are long enough on E, but these are perfect. I love this pattern. Especially the contrasting back panel.
I had originally intended to use the red polka dot with green accents for E, and vice versa for O. But this felt a bit too Christmassy and a bit too matchy. I finally settled on this gray fabric for the accents and I like how it toned things down and let them match without being over the top (I hope!). Both these patterns have many pieces, offering endless room for mix and match. On a side note, the Riley Blake polka dot fabric was the best to work with, and worth the slightly higher cost per yard.
And so in the end we have two happy kids. I do wish E’s hadn’t looked so much like Minnie Mouse, but there you go. There’s always next year to try it again!