Wednesday, 20 June 2018

at last - pj bottoms

Do you remember when James and Alistair were into sewing? After they finished their patchwork pot holders, they wanted to make something different and I figured pj bottoms would be fun and easy.









I ordered fabric at Sewoverit, a white cotton with black zebra print for Alistair and a blue cotton with white Scottie dog print for James. In my pattern box I found a pj pattern for children by Blank Slate Patterns. We made just one change: the pattern has wide cuffs at the bottom, which we didn't bother with.

When James and Alistair first started sewing, they were competing to finish first but soon, James lost interest. Alistair lasted a wee while longer but didn't finish his pj bottoms either. The projects sat untouched in my sewing room until today, when Alistair came home after school and asked to sew. I was busy getting things organised for my trip to Canada tomorrow but I didn't have the heart to say no. I can be a bit of a softie. James didn't fancy it but practiced his footie skills instead.

In the end, it didn't take long, maybe an hour. All that was left to do was to finish the seams with a zigzag stitch, sew on the waistband and hem the pj's legs. I finished the seams with the overlocker to save some time. Alistair sewed the waistband and the hems. His seam allowance was quite generous and inserting the elastic was a bit of a struggle but we managed.

Alistair was very happy with his pjs and instead wearing them straightway. He even went to swimming lesson in his pj bottoms. I am surprised how snug they are, we measured quite generously. Maybe Alistair had a growth spurt? He does seem to be taller.

Now we just have James' to do. I doubt it will before our holidays but you never know.

I am traveling early tomorrow morning, before the children get up. James, Alistair and I had a good snuggle and read a book together. We don't read together often, neither boy enjoys it much, and it was really nice to have a bedtime story like in the olden days. They went to bed happy. I discovered later that James was reading and Alistair was playing with lego.... Ah well, at least they were not bickering.

I doubt I'll get to read a story with Sam and Annie but I'll be happy with a good bye hug.

I'll be touching base once I arrive in Saskatoon! Thanks for stopping by xx



17 comments:

  1. well done. what great pj bottoms. what will he make next ? enjoy Saskatoon. ( my son lives there )

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  2. what a fantastic project to do with them

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  3. Fabulous p.j's and a great achievement. Have a lovely trip, I look forward to hearing all about it. B x

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  4. Alistair's pj bottoms are very cool. He is a fun model, isn't he. Love the zebra, perfect for a boy. Have a lovely trip.

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  5. Not surprised Alistair didn't want to take off his 'jama bottoms as they look fab. Bon voyage and hope you were on the receiving end of many hugs..

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  6. Brilliant pjs, clever boy, and how satisfying to have made them himself. Have a safe trip, I shall look forward to hearing how it's all going. CJ xx

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  7. Fabulous pjs, Alistair must be really pleased with himself. Have a safe trip xx

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  8. I love these! How fun. They look very comfortable and Alastair looks so proud of himself. I hope you have a safe trip!

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  9. I love the picture with pyjamas and a coat! it made me chuckle. Have a good trip. Chat when you get back. Jo xx

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  10. I'd like some of those pjs myself! Well done Alistair! Hope trip goes well.

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  11. Great job! I love the fabric, it’s amazing.

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  12. I absolutely love that you're teaching the boys to sew and Alistair's pj bottoms turned out spectacular! I imagine a lifetime of sewing for them, hopefully. Have a great trip! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  13. Love the pjs and have a super trip x

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  14. it seems from the photos that Alistair was quite pleased with the completed results since he wore them to swimming class as well. I will admit that I cannot sew at all. Enjoy your Canadian adventure.

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  15. First off have a wonderful trip. The boys will be fine, although you will be missed I am sure. Love the pj pant finish, he should be very proud!

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  16. The pjs look great! Well done, Alistair! What a great skill to learn!

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  17. He has done a good job. Pant he has stitched correctly fits him. Love the design of the zebra in the white color pant:)

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