1.12.2015

Pajamas!


In looking over the many things that I made in 2014 it became apparent that there were quite a few garments that I made but never blogged about, because when it comes down to whether to use my time for blogging or sewing, sewing will always win out.  But in an attempt to play a little catchup here's a little something (well, a little two somethings) that I finished up in the final days of 2014.


Now I know that many people have a tradition of receiving a pair of pajamas on Christmas Eve but that's not something that we've ever done in our family (also, we're not big stocking people and I can't really remember ever getting a stocking.  My husband finds this crazy.  Anybody else with me?).  In any case, even though it's not a tradition that I grew up with, I'm not going to turn down an opportunity to sew my kids matching PJs.  Plus, if I'm being completely honest, I really wanted to try out one of the new Art Gallery knits and this seemed like the perfect excuse to order some.

For the pattern I used the Alex and Anna Winter PJs pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  I got this pattern ages ago as part of a pattern bundle that I purchased and while it certainly wasn't the reason that I purchased the bundle I was pretty happy to find it on my hard drive.  Yes, there are plenty of patterns that I could have put together to make some knit PJs (a Flashback Tee with some Sunki leggings or maybe some Fancy Pants leggings) but I was happy to try out a new pattern and I have to say that I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.  In particular, I really like how the pattern finishes the waistband of these PJs since I often find my waistband elastic twisting over time when I just thread it through a "fabric tunnel."  As for the fit, I sewed a size three for the little one (who's almost three) and I sewed a size five for O, although I added a little length to the pants.  She's a bit of a string bean so even though she's almost six this size seems to work great for her.


The fabric is an Art Gallery knit (Orni Incandescence) and it's lovely, stretchy, and bright pink.  What's not to love?  It's got a bit of lycra in it so it's super comfy and it's not too thick (but also not too thin) so it's a nice weight for PJs.  I ordered four yards from Fabric.com when they were having a sale and because the fabric is so wide I probably only used a little over half of it to make both pairs of PJs so you'll probably be seeing this fabric in the future.  For the cuffs I used some leftover ribbing fabric that I had in my stash.  I bought it from Joann Fabrics ages ago so I was happy to find a new use for it.


So that's it!  Christmas Eve PJs that I literally finished on Christmas Eve.  In fact, I may have made us late to our Christmas Eve family gathering because I was rushing to finish them.  I blame it on the double needles though because I broke three (!) of them while making these PJs.  Needless to say, there was much cussing on Christmas Eve.


Now that's the Christmas spirit.

1.04.2015

Catching Up


Tomorrow I head back to school and before the chaos starts up again I have a couple things to say - the first being that I have loved the last couple of weeks. Our trip to Tulum to celebrate our ten year anniversary was our first trip that we've taken without with kids and it was glorious.  Sure when we passed other couples with kids we often thought how much our own kids would have loved the trip, but then we saw those same couples lugging around tons of stuff while their kids whined behind them and then we thought, "suckas!"


The holidays began the week after we got home and they were crazy and fun and chaotic in a way that only the holidays can be.  Christmas with kids is a beautiful experience and while I was totally worn out by the time that everything was said and done, I wouldn't trade it for the world.


And this past week has been the dreamiest of all.  Except for going to work we've have very little in the way of obligations around here and instead we've just been enjoying each other's company.  We've learned that O is the master of Candy Land trash talk and C is finally getting the hang of this whole potty training thing.  And I've probably read about fifteen books in the past three weeks - none of which had any educational value.  Bliss.


But tomorrow it's back to long days and weekends spent studying.  The good news in all of this, though, is that all of my applications have been turned in and this is actually my last prerequisite course to complete.  Oh, and I got an interview at atleast one school so it's nice to know that I'm at least not being outright rejected.  Honestly, I'm still not a hundred percent sure that my going back to school full-time is the right choice for my family and if I end up getting accepted into any programs we're going to have to sit down and consider many factors.  Big decisions are much more difficult to make when they affect not only you but your partner and your children as well.  We'll see what 2015 has in store for us!


And now we are officially caught up.  Let the new year begin!
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