day five of kids clothes week and pajamas have been made, folks. I have been hoping to make pajamas for the boys for a while now. they both needed summer jams….something lighter weight to carry us through spring and summer nights.
this striped fabric was just the ticket. it’s a knit I got ages ago on my one and only trip to mood fabric with mary frances. (mood is, incidentally, a crazy place…slightly dingy and crammed from floor to ceiling with every imaginable kind of fabric and incredibly artsy, hip people. sales people pace the store asking ‘do you need a swatch?’ approximately every two minutes. I can’t imagine how those project runway people shop quickly there! )
two sets of pajamas were made. one for each boy but I only had one ‘model’ willing to put pajamas on right after school. my other model was reluctant and I didn’t feel great about bribery two days in a row, ya know?
the pattern for these comfy cozy jammies come from the book “growing up sew liberated” by the lovely meg mcelwee. her book has such clear instructions and everything is so thoughtfully constructed to make it as easy as possible to have a successful experience sewing with knits. I really appreciate that at this point…clear and easy!
I am excited about these pajamas. the bottoms are basically just leggings and were ridiculously easy to make. and the top is called a crossover top in the book and is so super cute. the only problem is I used striped fabric and despite my best effort the stripes didn’t always line up. see how the arm on the left is matched at the top of the shoulder and then loses it near the armpit? what the heck?! never mind that the arm on the right is completely off. guess I’ve got a bit of work to figure that one out for next time.
I was very proud when the stripes do end up matching, as in below.
at the end of the day, however, I am the only one in the house that will notice the mis-matched stripes. the boys certainly won’t notice or care and they like their new pajamas even if they don’t want to model them. (phew! it’s always a relief after hours of effort.)
I am really enjoying working with knit fabrics. it is easier in some ways. there is no worrying about finishing seams and the fit doesn’t have to be exact. it’s also such comfortable fabric and the most likely to be in our closets already. my biggest challenge with knits is preparing and lining them up. it seems there are always wrinkles and bumps when I try to true it up. I end up spending lots of time being sure I’ve got it lined up before I cut…of course, once I get to the sewing it goes fast. it’s a tradeoff. I’m hoping to take my last two kcw days and make some knit t-shirts and shorts, we will see how much actually gets done.