Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Its the most Wonderful Time of the Year...

PJ time!  Yep at my house, Christmas is pj time.  I've made matching pjs for my family for more years than I can count.  It started way back when I made these aprons for everyone out of the panel fabric you used to find all the time- its a little harder to find these days.  The one below is the one I finally finished for me in 2008.  I had made the originals easily 10 years before as I have a picture of my grandmother and younger brother (with the wild curly hair he had in high school) wearing theirs in front of my mother's tree.

That led to the epic years of pj pants for everyone!  Seriously for a few years there I was making pants every year for every member of my family.  I even added matching shirts for the kiddos.  Fun times.  

Well one baby led to two led to three- I'm not exactly sure how that happened!  Between all the moves- we've moved 6 times since my oldest was born- and the mulitplication of my family- not just mine, we've added 8 new babies to the family since my oldest was born plus 3 significant others (2 of which will be permanent additions in 2016), I stopped making pjs for everyone.  
Now I only subject my immediate family to the craziness!  This is 4 years ago.  My son is wearing the pants I had made 2 years before- I guess they were rather big.  Funny thing is he wore them the next year too!  

Here they are with a stripe and bottom added to them the next year. 

So technically I didn't sew this one, and we didn't get matching homemade that year and I really had a good excuse for that.  

Anyway I'd show you all more but apparently I have been very bad about actually photographing these said jammas.  Uhm... Well last year I did- at least the kids.  The adults got matching pants and wore a solid shirt.  The kids were all about the footie pjs last year.  I made them all one-piece jammas to wear from Kwik Sew that I loved.  Still when this pattern from Peekaboo came out I was so excited as it would make nighttime bathroom trips so much easier.  Unfortunately it is a disappointing pattern.  The fit is awful.  My skinny oldest is in the largest size here- he measured for an 8 but I made the 12. The pants were hard to get on and he's skinny!  I did make them from flannel and the pattern said you could if you upsized.  I went up!  Same with my daughter.  Luckily I had made a muslin for her as I know she has booty and I think she was still wearing nighttime pull ups.  So for her I went up 2 sizes for width and shortened them back down.  They fit okay.  The tops were slightly better but I still went up a size for all three kids.  The baby's pants were fleece so I only went up 1 size.  They ended up being too short though.  I should have thrown the whole pattern away!  I actually made a pair for the baby this year- sized up for width and they fit awful.  

 This year I decided to make things a little easier on myself.  I'm making knit jammas instead!  I'll post about those separately.  So excited!

But really my point for this post was to get to the fact that every year my jammas are the last sewn.  I am usually slapping mine together at the last minute.  Well this year I decided to do mine first!  Now I should mention that the reason mine are always last is that I already own 4 or 5 pairs of Christmas jammas.  After all, I have not been pregnant at Christmas time, and I've made jammas every year for more years than I can count.  Obviously some did not work out as they are gone and there were the random years we were in warm climates for Christmas.  This year though I decided I really need to sew up the flannel I've been hoarding for new jammas for me.  Plus I made a pair of Easy Fits last year that just came out of my winter clothing box and I am wearing one day too many because I can't bear to put them in the laundry to wait for them to be clean again!  I  mean really, my laundry fairies are not working fast enough.

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