Christmas Pajamas

I finished my kids’ Christmas Eve pajamas last night.  Yay me, right?  Sure, if we were talking about Christmas 2011.  Unfortunately, these were supposed to be for LAST Christmas.  I cut them out, then ran out of time to actually sew them up.  I told the kids about them and my daughter said “That’s ok, Mom.  They can be Easter pajamas.”

Well, I just happened to be in my sewing room the day after Easter, opened a box, and there they were.  The pj elves failed to visit and save me.

I used a scrubs pattern again for the pajama pants.  The first thing both kids did when I had them try them on was stuff their hands into the pockets, so I know it was a good call. 

xmas pjs 1

I did make some adjustments to the pattern.  My daughter likes her pants low on her hips, so I cut an inch off the top.  I also completely ignored the part of the instructions that said to sew ribbon on to create a casing for the elastic and folded the top edge over instead.  It was tricky because of the way the pockets come together, but the pants would have been too high on the hip otherwise.  I also left out the drawstring.

xmas pjs 2

Pajama pants are one of the easiest pieces of clothing to sew.  I’ve made them many times, using lots of different patterns.  However, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten through a single pair without making a mistake, often a big one.  At this point, I’m starting to think it’s a mental block.

This go around, I didn’t buy enough fabric for my “little” boy and had to sew additional fabric to the bottom of the pant legs so they would actually reach the ground and I could hem them.  I also started to sew two pieces that didn’t belong together and had to rip out some stitching.  As things go, not my worst attempt.

xmas pjs 3

On second thought, maybe I should have saved these for Christmas 2011.  They’re flannel and it won’t be long before it’s too warm to wear them.  I might steal them back while they’re sleeping.