Thursday, June 2, 2016

New Summer PJs

I've said before that I'm not a fan of making special occasion outfits for my kids. Once in a while is fine, but I get much more joy from making the mundane, every day items like pajamas and play clothes. AB was due for some new summer jammies, so I dug through my stash of patterns and fabrics and came up with some great stash-busting items.

I told her to pretend like she was on Project Runway

I made four pairs of shorts and have cut four tops. So far, only one top has been finished and all the shorts. I'm leaving the rest of the tops for post-baby time, when I may not have time to cut but I should have a few minutes here and there to sew. But all the tops are the same, so you get the idea.

The top is the Classic Cami from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. I've made this once before out of French terry, for wearing under tops during the winter. For this summer version I used cotton jersey, leftover from my bridesmaids' dresses. The blue trim is cotton/Lycra knit, also from my stash. I made a size 3T/4T, deepened the armholes a little, and added 1" to the length, as AB consistently outgrows length before width.

The cami is cute, but I LOVE these shorts. In the past I've always dressed her in knit pajamas, and I usually use the Alex and Anna Summer PJs pattern. But I got this notion to make woven shorts and I had to see it through. I used the free Day Camp Set pattern because it's a simple woven short. I made size 4T and shortened the length so that the inseam is 2". All four of these fabrics had been lingering in my stash for ages, and since I rarely sew with wovens they might have lived there forever. It felt really good to use up these small pieces for something so cute! The blue stripe was a voile from, the orange half-circles is from Jo-Ann's, the flowers are voile from Girl Charlee, and the white eyelet is from a garage sale.

But the best part is these adorable tags I sewed into the back. AB gets concerned when she can't find the back and dress herself, so I knew I needed tags. I randomly found this twill tape at Jo-Ann's, in the quilting section of all places. I only put them into the shorts, not the cami, because the cami is actually the same front to back.

This is her silly face

I know the green tops won't exactly match all the shorts, but kids don't really care about that. There's room to grow in these and they make me happy to look at, and AB seems happy to wear them. Stash busting for the win!

Looking for more woven PJ inspiration? Check out the Cloud 9 Vintage PJ pattern, half off today only for Thrifty Thursday!

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