Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sweet Dreams

The Christmas pajamas are done!    I’m so excited to share them with you today, and so grateful to Amy of Peek a Boo Pattern Shop for letting me join in on her 2012 Holiday Tour. 

Every year my mom and I make Christmas pajamas for all of the grandkids.  I told my mom last year that I wanted to do traditional flannel PJs in 2012.  I think she thought I was nuts, but my mom has a hard time saying no.  We used the Sweet Dreams Button Up PJ Set from Peek a Boo Patterns and they’re awesome!IMG_9919
When you’re making ten of anything, especially something with multiple steps and needing it in multiple sizes, you need a good pattern.  The Sweet Dreams PJ is a great pattern.  The instructions are clear and easy to follow with enough pictures to walk you through without having to rely solely on text, which is important to me and my visual brain.  The pattern has all the details-collar, piping, cuffs-that we wanted.  My mom’s favorite thing about the pattern was the option of making the girls’ cuffs ruffled.  The ratio of boys to girls in the grandkids is 7:3, so it’s fun to add something feminine with the girls’ PJs.
My only complaint is that the collar facings keep working their way up, so I need to go back and understitch.  But other than that, we had no issues at all.  And with it ranging in size from 3 months to child’s 12, we were able to use the one pattern to make all ten pairs, with just a couple of adjustments to the biggest and the smallest of the group.

We printed one pattern, and just worked from the largest down when we were cutting, trimming the pattern as we went.    We did increase the pant rise, and leg and arm lengths for my oldest nephew, based on his measurements.  But he’s skinny, so that’s all we had to change for him.  And then for the four-month old, we extended the PJ top down past his feet, closed up the bottom, and made him a sleep sack. 

We set up shop assembly-line style and finished everything in three days.  In fact, it proved infinitely harder to photograph ten PJd kids than it was to sew for them.

I love that we went from this

To this, all from one pattern!

One Sweet Dreams Pattern, 24 yards of fabric, 40 yards of piping, 54 buttons (and their respective holes), ten kids

And 100 toes.    

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops, and all the great patterns on the tour!


Faye Hadfield said...

I've just sent my hubby out to get the stuff needed to make 2 pairs of these pjs for my grand daughters for Christmas!! Great minds think alike! Yours look great - I hope mine do too...I've never done piping before!!! xxx

Just Barb said...

WOW! And here I was feeling overwhelmed at the idea of making ONE pair of Christmas PJs for my son! Great job!

Amy (naptimecrafters) said...

Still can't believe you made all of these in 3 days!! You amaze me :)

Reno said...

That was a fun post- loved all those pictures!

Misty said...

What an awesome tradition you guys have! Congratulations on getting them all done before December even started!!

Charity said...

Quite impressive! I love all the piping and details. It's amazing that those details are on EVERY pair of pajamas. Oh, and that sleep sack is a great idea. =)

Caila said...

I can't believe you made 10 of these! YOU ARE MY HERO!!! They turned out great. :)

TheSewingLoft said...

Wow, you were a busy bee! They look great!

Justine of SewCountryChick said...

These are so cute! I can't believe you made so many PJ's without pulling your hair out!

Cuscini said...

What a wonderful, heart-warming Christmas tradition. They'll be telling their grandchildren about this someday!
Happy Christmas to you all,

Simple Simon & Co said...

10 pair of pjs is CArazy...I only have to make 3 pair and I was just telling my husband tonight that I think this year we may be buying them....unless you feel like sewing 3 more.

Delia said...

I bow to your awesomeness!

mrsg30286 said...

This post is just too stinkin' cute! Precious!

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