Every year on Christmas Eve we have a tradition where my littles open a present that contains a new pair of handmade pajamas for them and their favourite dolly and an ornament for them to hang on the tree. This year, just before Christmas, Audrey from Project Run and Play got in touch about a PJ party and I jumped at the chance to join in. Whats more fun than a brand new pair of Pajamas? Joining a bunch of fabulous designers for a digital PJ party of course! This year we even have a new little elf to sew a pair up for so it was three times the excitement!
For the girls and their wee friends I used the Tip Top Dress from Petit A Petit + family. The dress was such a quick and easy sew with a beautiful result. For Christmas Pajamas I don't use Christmas fabrics because it really limits the wearing time - especially since gifted on the Eve of Christmas. I chose these beautiful printed cottons from Spotlight stores - the mint color on Lottie is a Swiss dot. They have a hint of Christmas color but with the ability to wear all year round - which is great because my girls are still rocking the ones I made them 2 years ago, the beauty of nightgowns! I sewed the inside seams up with a French seam finish and the hems on the armholes and bottom hem I simplified with the trim. I sewed the trim and nightgown right sides together with a zig zag stitch and then flipped and ironed the zig zag stitch under, leaving just the pretty edge of the trim exposed and straight stitched along the edge. Such an elegant finish and so incredibly easy, I can't wait to make more!
For their wee friends I shrunk the smallest size of the pattern to 60% and sewed it with a 1/4" seam allowance. I finished the bottom hem in the same way with the trim but ran out so the arms are kept in place with a straight stitch. These were made in the wee hours of Christmas Eve Eve (another unfortunate tradition of mine!) so a nip out to Spotlight wasn't in the cards!
No one seemed to notice though and nothing makes a little ones heart sing like a matching outfit with their best friend!
For my little Jacky - on his very first Christmas! - I used Sewpony's gorgeous Seed Pattern. I altered it a wee bit by omitting the gathered waist and straightening the sides since I wouldn't be elasticising it. The fit was perfect in doing this, BUT it was a wee bit of a struggle to get a squirming baby into this way so my next version I will leave the sides as is for a bit more wiggle room. I used a snap tape for the crotch seam which was easy peasy and the fabric itself was an old shirt of his daddy's that I loved but he didn't wear anymore, so I upcycled it into something for the other man in my life. This was great because I didn't have to do the placket and I only added one button and buttonhole in-between the two already on the shirt (because there was gaping since the original was obviously for a much larger fella!). The other major upside of this was the print matched up perfectly without any work from me since it was already made that way! Hurrah!
Thanks for having us Project Run and Play, we had so much fun!