Look! I made pj’s for the boys! Thanks to kids’ clothes week I’m back making stuff for these two monkeys. And, I even hung a sheet in the bedroom and got some proper pictures of them wearing the whole getup.
The best part is they love them! We had so much fun taking pictures, they were being hilarious and I remember how much easier it is to get picture of kids wearing handmade than to get around to the awkward process of taking pictures of myself. Of course, I did my usual; bribed the boys with M&M’s (not even the fake health food store ones, real M&M’s). But, they love the pj’s and loved taking pictures especially when I suggested they get their favorite teddys in the shot.
The details: Fabric is a super-soft think jersey knit from Wanderlust. I love the colors but the fabric has a bit of polyester content that might just pill over time. We will see. Other than that, it is perfect for summer pajamas because of its softness and lightweight-ness (think I just invented a new fabric term with that one).
The pattern for the bottoms is a complete mystery. I am pretty good about labeling patterns but I have this one pattern labelled “short sweats size 4/5”. Maybe I drafted it way back when? Anyway, it looked humongous for a 4/5T size and just right otherwise. Sure enough, it fits C perfectly who is a 7T and it’s pretty roomy on J who is a 5T. Go figure? I used it because I felt too lazy to search for another shorts pattern. I’m glad it worked because it could have been a disaster and I would have had my laziness to blame. For the tops I modified the ‘crossover top’ from Growing Up Sew Liberated (affiliate link) for J’s shirt and drafted a top for C based on his measurements because the crossover top only goes up to size 5T. Both of the tees fit well, which is great because I can use them again.
Now, kid’s clothes week has a theme this time around and that theme is kid art. These pj’s don’t have anything to do with kid art, the boys just needed summer jams. But, I did ask the boys if they had any ideas for things they might draw that I could sew and they both drew elaborate soccer outfits complete with detailed soccer badges from their respective imaginary worlds! I couldn’t say no. It looks like the rest of my kid’s clothes week hours are spoken for. Those t-shirt patterns will be quite useful and I will probably be tweaking the shorts. I’ve already traveled to our local Goodwill and found huge t-shirts in just the right colors that I can deconstruct. I’m not yet sure how to make the elaborate team badges, though? I was thinking maybe use a t-shirt transfer? Or freezer paper stencil? I have the sinking feeling I’ll be trying a couple techniques. Yes, it’s thursday. This operation could leak into next week but I don’t think these guys will mind.