After completing Lisa's quilt (Moving Right along...), my next big commitment was a slew of pajama's which my niece --hehe --Kiersten ordered as gifts. Two pair of fleece pj bottoms with t-shirt tops for her and her ski-mate, Michelle; and three pairs of pjs for the children of other good friends.
Kieli trusted my judgement on fabric and design but gave me some totally excellent guidelines to consider...
It took two trips to two different fabric stores before I found the perfect girly - but not TOO girly - snowflake print fleece. These pants are SOOO soft!
I used a cotton twill tape drawstring in each pair but also put in elastic as I thought it made the waist band look nicer. You can't see it here in this pic but trust me, they look nicer. :)
At first I thought I would embroider the t-shirts but then freaked out! I'm still too new at the whole embroidery thing and doing so on a knit scared me even more!
I found these totally cool crystal applique snowflakes that I think Kieli will like very much! They were very easy to put on and, according to the packaging, are machine washable. Cute, right?!
For three-year-old Tommy, I was told that he loved cars, trucks --anything "boy." And that he looked great in blues.
I'm always amazed at how hard it is to find something you think would be totally obvious -- fleece with snowflakes or a ski theme? blue boy fabric with cars on it? Am I the only one who thinks these things should be easy to find??! All of the "car/truck" fabric I found was either totally UGLY or not the right color or not right for the age. UGH!
After much deliberation, I settled on the jungle theme -- cute little giraffes, elephants and alligators on a blue background.
And a fabulous little giraffe button! For the children's pjs I was completely comfortable in making up cute little name tags which I put inside each piece. I think it's a nice little homemade touch. :)
Seven-year-old Emily is tall and blond. She likes orange and pink and has recently fallen in love with horses. I found this and knew it was the one.
I used the two daisy buttons because all of the horse buttons I found were way too realistic for this cartoon like design. You cannot see them in this pic, but the same flower can be found scattered among the cowgirls and lassos.
I love this frog/prince fabric! It is too adorable for words. And the matching striped pants are just perfect! As with Tommy's pjs, I used the stripe also as the neck facing fabric which I think ties the set together.
Kieli is coming to my house on Thursday for Christmas dinner and I'm just dying to show her everything! I'm even hesitating to tell her about this post since I think the pjs are so much better to see in person. I'll think about it some more over breakfast.
Before I'm done though there were more pajama's to be made! I have two older aunts that deserved something a little special this year as well.
My dad's sister Katherine has yet to receive anything meaningful from me just yet -- hand sewn that is! I have a quilt in mind (shhh!) but in the mean time...
Aren't these pjs's sweet? I wish I was a better photographer so you can see the fabric. It's a soft pink with tiny silver pin stripes. The sleeves are gathered at the wrist and look very soft. I hope she likes them!
And who could forget Auntie Phyllis!
Auntie Phyl is my Godmother and has gotten more handmade sewing gifts than I can recall. This year she received a flannel bathrobe.
I sent the robe up to Worcester yesterday with my dad -- I thought she might use it when she goes to visit my Aunt in woods of North Central Massachusetts (haha!) so she got her gift a few days early.
She loved it of course! I found the buttons in an old cookie tin I have which belonged to my late Aunt Rose (as in Ava Rose). I needed ten pink shank buttons and when I went searching, this is what I found...
Do you believe in fate?
I love the package of these buttons -- "unusual value." It made me laugh!
But then I called my mother who said my aunt called her crying and then she started crying and then I started crying and...
A lot of emotion over one little robe.
And now I can rest! But those of you who know me know I cannot sit for long! Tomorrow we're having 22 people over for dinner and instead of worrying about where everyone will sit, my first thought is "where can I sew?" since I will have to set my dining room table tonight!
Happy Holidays to you all!