The 2016 Christmas Pajamas
The Christmas pajama sewing marathon is in full force right now. And the rush is on!
For a number of years now I have made home sewn pajamas for the grandchildren-10 of them, the same number as last year. Next year this number will change-add 2.
It always turns into more of a chore than I imagined, and I never seem to start on them in a timely fashion so that I am not feeling rushed-will I get them all done in time!? (sigh, such is life for me!)
The fabric was purchased while on vacation in California last winter, at M & L Fabrics in Anahiem, California. You can read about the store HERE. I love that store! I can always find good quality flannel in the quantity that I need.
One of the things that I have done to streamline the sewing process is to change the pattern that I use. I originally started out with a traditional pajama pattern, for the boys, that included a full button front with collar and facing. I found that this was too time consuming and I switched to this pattern that is for both boys and girls.
It is a much more simple style, and can be used for both boys and girls. No collars, simple bias tape at the neck instead of facings, pull over style with just a few buttons on each. I also eliminated the elastic at the wrists for the girls, just a straight hem on the sleeves like the boys.
I eliminated the pockets on the boys but kept them on the girls-1 pocket each with eyelet trim, just for pretty. I am sure that the pockets are never used!
One big lesson that I learned when I first started sewing the Christmas Pajamas: At the beginning, I thought that it would be time efficient to cut all of the pattern pieces out at one time, and do an assembly line style of sewing them, such as sewing all the sleeves at one time, etc. BIG mistake -it was utter confusion! All of these pieces, and what goes with which one! The sizes were literally stair steps-size 3, 5 (2), 6, 7 (2), 8, 10, 12, 14
Now, I cut each individual childs pajama out and sew it completely up before I cut and start on the next one. This way I can keep in mind whose I am working on and have all the pertinent measurements right on hand for each one. And I write the name of each one on an inside seam allowance. It does not take any longer, I can probably sew faster doing each one by one.
As of this writing, 6 done, 4 to go.
So how are your Christmas preparations going?
Christmas shopping!? You mean I still have to do my Christmas shopping!? (Yes, You do!)
Clinging to the peace that God gives…..
Psalm 29: 11b
…the Lord will bless his people with peace.