Pajamas for Four

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Christmas pajamas have never been a family tradition in our house, but when I was trying to figure out what to give my nieces for Christmas, my sister-in-law suggested pajama pants for the middle schooler.  And then, since I’m crazy, I decided to make matching pajamas for my both of my nieces and both of my daughters.  Finished them the night before, but they were a hit.

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The cousins are 9 and 11 and we let the 11 year old pick the fabric.  I went to Joann‘s to pick up some flannel and it was on sale for $2.80 a yard!  Score.

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For the three older girls, I used the Parsley Pants pattern, though I had to grade it up for the 11 year old.  I was pretty nervous about the fit because I had no idea what I was doing, but it turned out great!  I basically added about 1.5 inches to the top, and 2 inches to the bottom and then cut the entire pattern along the tuxedo stripe line and added an inch to the width.  Love this pattern for pajama pants!!  I’m thinking of grading it up to make a pair for me!

For the baby, I made Rae’s Basic Newborn Pants (free pattern) with a little added length.  Of course, she’s already almost outgrowing her pajamas.

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The older girls got shirts from Target and Kaya is wearing a store bought onesie.  I just added the yellow pocket to match the yellow on the pants and had to do some altering on Yuki’s shirt since it was way too big for her.

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Yuki claims these are her favorite pajamas now and I’m certain that it’s because her cousins have the same ones.  She absolutely ADORES her cousins and think they are the best.  And they are.

So Christmas pajamas weren’t a tradition before, but maybe they are now?  I admit, it was pretty darn cute seeing them all running around (or just lounging around, in Kaya’s case) in their matching PJs.

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Check out my second shooter!

Do you guys do Christmas pajamas?  Where did this tradition even come from?  Worth continuing?  Apparently some of Hideko’s high school students totally dread it.  Haha!  Were you blessed with (or a victim of) matching pajamas as a kid?

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KCW Spring 13: Toddler Swing Tank and Green Parsley Pants

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My third sewing project was this Toddler Swing Tank.  It’s a free pattern from true bias (in size 2T only) and a super simple sew.  Are you starting to pick up on my “super simple” theme here??

ToddlerSwingTankIt’s only got three pattern pieces (front, back and a button loop), I added the pocket myself.  It fits Yuki perfectly when it’s on but because the fabric has no stretch, it’s a bit of a squeeze getting it on and off of her.  :(

There aren’t any pictures for the pattern, just numbered instructions, but because the construction is so simple, I didn’t really need any.  I just kinda made it the way that made the most sense to me.  It’s a lot like the Wiksten tank for women.

SwingTankandGreenPants2The back is made with 2 pieces and sewn up the middle with and opening and button/button loop to close at the back of the neck.

These pants were not really meant to be part of this outfit, but they were project #4 and I figure I might as well get it all photographed at once.  In fact, these weren’t part of the original KCW pile at all, but got added to help with some last minute testing stuff for Rae.  They are the newly released Parsley Pants!  And fittingly, in green!

GreenParsleyPantsIt’s the same awesome pattern I sewed up a few days ago as shorts.  I added the pouch pockets again and this time tried the pintucks too.  It’s a fun lil detail, no?

GreenParsleyPants2The pattern is great – I rave about it a bit more in my last post and you really should check out Emmmy Lizzzy’s collection of Parsleys if you haven’t already.  My only piece of advice after sewing this pair is that if you’re going to do the pouch pockets, stick with lighter weight fabrics for the pockets (at least for the lining).  I used bottom weight fabrics for the pants and both layers of the pockets so when it came to folding over the waistband it started to get crazy thick and my machine didn’t appreciate that much!

Well I had two more versions of these pants cut out and ready to sew, but I’m not sure if I’ll get to them this week.  I’m about to attach a stack of t-shirts I really want to get done!  But I’m also starting to feel a little burn out aaaand my crazy allergies have started to morph into a cold.  Booooooo.

How you doin’?

KCW Spring 13: Little Letter Halter and Parsley Shorts

Quick post for the outfit I made yesterday . . .

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I started with a super cute and simple halter top from the Japanese sewing book, あかちゃんの服、てづくりの服 (Baby clothes, handmade clothes), (also available on Amazon here).

100000009001404289_10204Robin so kindly sent me this book with the clothing swap outfit she made because her daughter had grown out of the sizes already.  It’s got a lot of baby stuff, but some great basics for toddlers too.  When I saw this picture in the book, I nearly died from the cuteness.

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So that became my inspiration for outfit number 1.  The construction of the top is very simple and I made it even more simple by using a piece twill tape instead of making the strap out of fabric like the pattern instructs you to (although I may go back and change it), so it was a really fast sew.

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I used the beautiful Nani Iro Little Letter double gauze fabric that I bought from Miss Matatabi (though I can’t tell if that’s the exact same color as the one I used), and I only had half a yard, but it was just enough to cut out the pattern AND the strap if I wanted to.  The color band at the bottom of the halter was a last minute add.  When I saw the picture in the pattern book, I thought the top looked a little short.  And when I was tracing the pattern piece, I also thought it looked a little short.  And then I totally forgot about it and just cut it out anyways.  Well before I was going to hem the top, I really thought that it’d probably hit just at her tummy which would be adorable, but probably too short.  And besides the length, this halter would probably fit for a long time!  So I decided to add some fabric to the bottom and luckily I had some shot cotton leftover from the dress I made Sanae’s daughter and the color (and weight) happened to match perfectly!  I’m glad I added it – it’ll definitely add many more months to the life of this top.

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The shorts are from the soon-to-be-released JUST RELEASED Parsley Pants pattern by Made by Rae.  Rae was awesome enough to let me help test out the pattern and let me tell you, this pattern lives up to all of the other amazing Made by Rae patterns awesomeness.  After seeing all the versions that Emmmy Lizzzy made, especially her cute shorts, I was inspired to make some for Yuki too.

I used a linen blend, but accidentally cut it against the grain (if you look closely at the picture of the shorts hanging on the line, you might be able to see the lines on the pockets go up and down but the grain on the rest of the shorts goes horizontally).  I don’t exactly know what that means.  Will it wash up funny or change it’s shape?  Well, we’ll find out.

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The pattern is fantastic.  Super simple sew, so many variations to make, excellent directions and images and great fit too.  I’m planning on sewing up a couple more this week if I have time.

So that was day one.  I only got a little bit of sewing in this morning, but here are a couple little peeks.

photo 4 photo 5I’m off to sew a little more before bed!  How was your day two?  Get much done?