Winter is around the corner; I can smell it in the air. I love winter...until February that is. I love warm, cuddly mornings with books by the fireplace. I love the way snowy mornings make you wonder if today isn't really a Snow Day after all. And suddenly all of the things you were supposed to do that day disappear and are replaced with crafting Christmas decorations and decorating sugar cookies.
And all is right with the world.
Monday was the first of such self declared Snow Days. 4 inches of snow, perhaps not worthy of Snow Day status in everyone's books but I've been known to call one with a grayer than usual cloud passing by, meant a front yard full of snowmen complete with carrots and twig arms, and that lovely, oh so lovely! sound of children playing outside.
Meadow Larks in spring; children in winter...my favourite sounds of all.
My sewing room is located on the main floor and has two bright windows facing our front yard. These I open when the children are playing outside. You could call it keeping tabs on them but really I just like to hear them talking and chuckle at their comments and discoveries. And occasionally throw out a question, "Em, did you want the red ribbon or are we not doing ribbons today?".
Winter sewing begins, and often ends, with pajamas. Suddenly t-shirts, nighties, or whatever else the kids have taken to sleeping in are not warm enough for chilly winter evenings and somewhere in the warm sun of summer, I find everyone has grown. A lot.
Secretly, I love sewing jammies. They are cuddly and warm and the only thing better than a cuddle with your kid, is a cuddle with your kid in soft, lovely jammies.
It's also a time to try a few things out. If the end product doesn't exactly match the image you had in your head when you started...no worries. They're just jammies.
This year, my goal was to make p.j.s that a) would still fit at the end of winter b) were suitable for play as well.
I took my pant pattern from the lovely pattern company, Gracious Threads. The pants are called Lazy Day Lounge Pants and I love the cool, slouchy effect of them both for the look as well as the ability to sneak a few extra inches in the length and have them still look really amazing. The Lounge Pants are not actually p.j. bottoms per se, but I wanted the duality of function and they are such comfortable, stylish pants; I just know my daughter is going to wear them all day and then want to sink into bed with them at night and I decided to go with the flow.
The shirt pattern is the Antonia. It's a pattern that has a dear place in my heart because it taught me something very naughty indeed! It taught me how easy it is to chop up a pattern, and chopping is really fun. Here's what I mean by chopping. In this case, I took the front pattern piece and decided to add a little insert at the sides. I just drew the lines where I wanted the inserts on the pattern piece, cut them out, and then remembered (I don't always!) to add seam allowances when cutting out the pieces with the fabric so when I sew the pieces together, I still end up with the same shape as the original pattern piece. Easy peasy.
I saw it first done on the the Antonia sleeve and shoulder pattern pieces and it got my brain all in a whir. Could changing up a pattern really be so easy? Why not do it with....anything!? If I have a really great fitting pattern, suddenly there is a lot of room for play.
I took a chop at the sleeves as well.
We decided early on that these were to be Lollipop jammies. It maybe had something to do with Halloween but I loved the idea because I needed to put something on the front of the shirt...how about a lollipop tree?
And there we go! One down, 3 more to go.