citron elephant pajamas

i wanted to sew something quick/easy/functional as a “palate cleanser” before i jump into Halloween costumes and while i’m still waiting for the go-ahead to blog a few other more involved projects that i’ve been sewing (i have like 12 or 13 things i can’t blog yet – it’s getting ridiculous).  plus, i recently realized i haven’t shown baby C on here for a while (he’s 8 months old already!!!!!) so i had to fix that.

now please enjoy my pile o’ children in their homemade pajama pants.

fanfare elephant pajamas

they’re all wearing flannel elephant pants; citron, gray, and pink elephants from Rae’s cozy Fanfare Flannel line for Cloud9 Organics.  teehee! Continue reading

flashback class picnic shorts on the line

this outfit is pure summer in oregon, 80s style – the way i remember it.

class picnic shorts and oregon love tee

french braids, tan skin, play clothes, and bare feet.  days were spent outside with my sisters and the neighbor kids – running through sprinklers, bike riding, and sometimes my mom would make a jug of kool-aid to drink on the back deck.  you know, to beat the thirsties.

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s is for stanley tee (and some quick shorts)

so.  this one is pretty obscure.  i came across this “s is for stanley” graphic around the web somewhere a couple years ago, thought it was great, printed it out…and then it got buried on my cutting table, waiting for me to turn it into a stencil.

and then i cleaned my sewing room, came across it, and figured now was the time to finally make it happen.

s is for stanley tee

stanley is stanley kubrick, director of such films as “dr. strangelove,” “the shining,” “a clockwork orange,” “full metal jacket,” “eyes wide shut.”  all completely inappropriate films that no child should watch…but they’re also provocative, interesting films with a strong creative point of view.  his films had a strong influence on pop culture / other movies.  even if you haven’t seen any of his movies, you’ve likely heard “heeeeeeere’s Johnny!” or know the image of a “war room.”  and hey, the man himself had a pretty distinctive look.  bushy beard, bags under his eyes…perfect for a kid shirt!  heh. Continue reading

kcw spring 2014 :: constellations pajamas

i’m way late on blogging this but i did sew it on day 5 of kids clothes week, so it’s getting labeled as such.  we had friends coming into town last weekend and their little guy had recently turned one, so i had to make him something!  HAD TO!  but what to make?

constellations pajamas

i started with just the eye shirt, which was heavily inspired by this one i spotted on pinterest.  pretty fun, right?

constellations pajamas

i drew the eyes and freezer paper stenciled them onto a 18-24 month short sleeved flashback skinny tee.  i didn’t hem it because i ran out of black thread (ha!) but works as a casual/pajama shirt.  the black is a basic t-shirt weight jersey knit.

but i couldn’t stop there…i made a pair of pajama pants too!  there was some serious speed sewing here – i made this entire outfit in an hour and a half.  this, apparently, is how mothers of 3 are able to sew – gotta take advantage of those naps and sew like the wind!

constellations pajamas

the pants are bedtime story pajamas in 18-24 months.  i picked a larger size than i thought he’d need and figured they’d probably be huge on him (because my kids are so shrimpy that’s what i’m used to), but he’s a bit big for his age and they fit with just the right amount of growing room.  i’m so glad i “sized up!”  nothing worse than sewing a too small gift.

constellations pajamas

neither of his parents has red hair, but check this kid out!  such a cutie.  i have no idea how to dress a redhead but took a guess that he might look good in black, and he does.

constellations pajamas

the pajama bottom fabric is from Lizzy House’s Constellations line (pretty sure this print is out of stock online, I got it a long time ago) with kona olive bindings.  i recently stocked back up on my beloved kona olive – i still maintain it goes with everything!

constellations pajamas

he’s gonna get ya!

constellations pajamas

aw just kidding.  😉

okay that wraps up my KCW sewing!  didn’t upcycle anything in this outfit, but that’s okay.  i’ll break my streak for this kid.

kid's clothes week

cars pajamas by request

this guy, sometimes he just wraps me right around his finger.

car pajamas

he’s a really good errands-runner for a 3 year old.  recently i took him along to my midwife appointment, where he was very patient and quiet.  when we were back in the car, i asked if he wanted to go home or go to the fabric store with me.  HE SAID “I WANNA GO TO THE FABRIC STORE.”  i mean seriously!  

while we were there (at Bolt of course), he sat and read books at the little table they have set up for kids, then joined me to browse, went straight to this fabric, and was so excited about it, he immediately asked me if i could make him some pajamas out of it.

car pajamas

how am i supposed to resist, i ask you?  it was impossible.

car pajamas

he asked for pajama bottoms and a matching shirt, and this is what i came up with.  the pants are Rae’s Parsley Pants in a 3T.  i knew they’d be big but i wanted them that way – i’m sick and tired of these kids growing out of stuff all the time!  fabric is masquerade party by fresh designs for henry glass & co.  it’s lightweight for a quilting cotton and really nice as pajamas.

car pajamas

the shirt is the Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan Tee, in a 2T with length added to the arms and body (NEWSFLASH: it’s now available as an individual PDF pattern, plus 25% off through Friday in their January Sale, which makes it less than $7!).  i already had the 2T traced from sewing it before and time was of the essence – i sewed this set during his naptime AFTER pre-washing the fabric right when we got home.  it was a 4 hour turnaround from deciding on/buying the fabric to finished product and he wore it to bed that night (plus whenever it’s been clean since then)

the raglan is two shirts from my upcycle pile, with appliqué fussy cut car patch so the tops and bottoms “match” (per his request).

car pajamas

this all still wasn’t quick enough for him, though.  as soon as we had gotten home from Bolt, he stripped down to his undies and said he was ready to put on his pajamas!  had to break it to him that i still had to actually SEW it all first.  ha!  sewing is magic to 3 year olds.  they go to sleep, wake up, and POOF – new clothes.

once i fiiiiinally finished them, though, he was an immediate fan.  O loves transportation, the color black, and comfy wear, and i love patterns that are so fast they basically sew themselves.  win-win.  😉