Thursday, November 14, 2013

PJs, dresses, and pullovers oh my!

It snowed this week. Boo. I like snow as much as the next Midwestern person, but it belongs in December, January, and February. Not November. Unless it's the day after Thanksgiving. There are a lot of rules.

Anyway, it was time for some winter clothes for AB. I typically buy her jeans and pants (second-hand) and focus on making fun things like long-sleeved t-shirts, pajamas, and play clothes (with a fancy dress thrown in every now and then). I spent a weekend being productive and churned out a few things for her.

The first is a pair of pajamas. These are made with the Alex & Anna Winter Pajamas pattern from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. Fabric from an accidentally purchased all-chevron bargain bin (so. much. chevron.) from Girl Charlee. My favorite part is the extra topstitching I did on the elastic waistband.

These are a size 18 months even though AB is 21 months old. They fit fine (PJs are meant to be tight) except next time I'll increase the rise of the pants to accommodate her cloth diapers. Rib knit is upcycled. (Last year's A&A Winter PJs blogged here.)

Next up is an upcycled t-shirt dress that I made from the Peek-a-Boo Varsity Cowl Neck Pullover (can you tell I have a thing for Amy's patterns? I was a fan long before I became an affiliate). The original t-shirt was given to me by my parents, specifically to make into something for AB. I made the top portion from the pattern, and then added the bottom of the shirt as a skirt to complete the dress.

Lastly, I made this hideous top again using the Varsity Cowl Neck Pullover pattern. This is the last of the ice cream cone knit, so I promise you won't have to see it ever again! This is strictly an outside/play/go ahead get dirty kind of shirt. At least the placket looks nice :)

Like I said, I made these in a weekend, and mostly with my serger (<--- aff link, but believe me, that is a REALLY good price!). It makes everything go so much faster (and without cursing over wavy seams!). People are right when they say to buy a serger if you sew with knits a lot.

So that's what I've been up to lately! A lot of stash busting and upcycling. Time to turn my attention to holiday sewing. With or without the snow.

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