Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I've been meaning to make pajamas for Widget since last Christmas...I was supposed to make her some as a Christmas present, but I was lazy and bought some instead (although I purchased pj's for super cheap). As you may have already guessed, this pattern (which I'm quite certain I bought at Walmart) has sat in my sewing room/studio for at least 6 months...But I finally put it to good use :)
Oh...Have you ever experimented with elastic thread? Oh my! I have now shirred at least three pieces of clothing...and I just can't stop! I thought these pajamas would be super cute if they had a 'bloomer' effect, so I sewed 4 rows (of shirring) about 1 inch up (towards the crotch) from the pant hem-and they look even cuter than before :)
*P.S. the pant legs are really the same length, even though the left pant leg looks much short in the pictures. And even if they aren't perfect, you can't tell in person because the child moves too fast :)
...and then Daddy made her laugh :)
I would call this a Sewing Success! It may be an understatement to say 'I am happy' with the results of this project! Widget even loves her new jammies, and has worn them every night since they touched her body. I'm glad I left a bit of fabric in the seam allowance, too...since she's been growing a lot, I was worried that she'd only get to wear these for a month or two. So I cut a size larger in the pattern, and used about a 1" seam allowance, and I left fabric in the waist band so I can 'drop the crotch' if necessarily. Just trying to plan ahead, ya know? And, if the fabric shrinks anymore in the wash, I have a little bit of play room to 'fix' the shorts if needed.
How about you---have you made pajamas for your children? Do you use a pattern or do you make it up as you go? Have you altered a pattern in some way (making pants into shorts, shirring, etc)?