August 27, 2010

It's the end of summer, sew what?

Well, I did it.  I finished sewing the boys' summer pj's from a pattern I bought in May.  I really thought I'd have time to start (and finish) both sets in early June while the boys took their daily naps.  Ha!  There are so many reasons that didn't happen.  But I was determined to use the soft flannel fabric I purchased and finish these before Labor Day.

Although this was a very simple project, I only had snippets of uninterrupted time to work on the pajamas.  I cut out the fabric pieces one evening and didn't get around to sewing them together until the next week.  They are accidentally, on purpose, too large.  Once I realized they weren't going to get a lot of wear this summer, I made sure each boy got a set one size larger than he wears now.
the back of Henry's shirt

If you have boys and sew, you know that it is impossible to find cute patterns.  The catalogs are filled with pages and pages of girl's outfits but almost nothing designed for boys.  I had to improvise quite a bit.  The pj bottoms are from a pattern but the top is simply a t-shirt with appliques cut from the same fabric as the shorts.  Nothing fancy. 

I did try working on these while the boys slept but often Henry would sneak downstairs to see what I was doing.  He loved learning how to use the sewing machine.  And boy, did he learn fast.  He wanted to know the name of every part and button.  In fact, he even corrected me when I didn't use the proper terms.  Wait Henry, we need to put the thingy down before we stitch.  It's called a foot, Mom.

I actually made Liam's shirt twice.  All summer I searched for a plain white tee in size 2.  Finally  I gave up and purchased a package of little boys' undershirts in 2T-3T.  Of course, these were a thinner cotton than an actual t-shirt but I decided that would be okay since he'd only be wearing it indoors in the warm summer months.  Then, on the very last day of my summer vacation, I discovered Toddler Tees at my local craft store.  Not in the aisle with the other plain shirts waiting to be be embellished.  Nope.  They were hidden in another aisle on the bottom shelf.  I purchased two and quickly remade Liam's pj shirt.  I think this second one will wash better, although we may have to wait until next year to find out.  The nights are already getting chilly here. 

here's the back of Liam's shirt


  1. That is so cool! Now you have another talent to add to the list which I am just learning about.
    You are such a AMAZING Woman!

  2. They are darling. I used to sew pre Cory. I have a bunch of baby girl clothes I made.. up until the weekend before Cory joined my life..Since then they sewing machine has been sitting in a box in the basement.

  3. I love them! They are so cute! I don't know where you get the energy to do this. And it is so rewarding to be able to do it with your own hands too!

  4. Very nice job! You're one talented Mom!!

  5. Those are AWESOME! I wish I knew how to sew!!! I absolutely love the pic of H studying the sewing machine!

  6. Wow!!! Those are so super cute!! I'm even more impressed you managed to find the time!!! :) And I'm jealous it's already cool there!! I came home Monday night to a steam bath as my a/c had gone out. It was 90 degrees outside at 7pm on our way to my parents'!!!!

  7. You sew??? OMG!!! How do you find the time? I am in awe of you, and