Reviews Week 2!

Here I am with this week’s review(s).  I’ll be saving your wallets this time!  Every pattern I used is F.R.E.E.!!  Does it get any better than that?  I have a really difficult time spending money on patterns when I would much rather put it towards fabric.  But, I did stick with my resolution to use my stash.  Everything here was made using fabric and notions I already had on hand.  I don’t know if I’m embarrassed or proud…

The Deets

Okay, for the longest time, I have had this inexplicable obsession with kids in pajamas.  Honestly, I just want to snuggle and kiss any little kid who’s wrapped in cute, soft jammies.  Maybe it’s because they evoke feelings of comfort or it’s a reflection of my laziness, not sure which.  I spent quite a bit of money over the years buying sleepwear for the kids.  My husband thinks I’m nutty (let’s be honest, he’s probably right) and doesn’t understand why I love them so much.  Now that I’m sewing, I’m amazed that I haven’t made ANY yet!!  These are the patterns that everyone recommends for beginners and

Now that I’m sewing, I’m amazed that I haven’t made ANY yet!!  These are the patterns that everyone recommends for beginners and I just completely disregarded them.  No love…none.  After searching for what seemed like a ridiculously long time, I finally settled on some patterns to work with.  Initially, I was just going to sew for the baby.  But his “little” big brother is usually getting overlooked and he’s been a bit brushed aside after our youngest came along.  What better way to encourage their bond than to make them coordinate??

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Pants

Child’s Basic Fleece Pants

I have seen this pattern around before, but I just couldn’t make myself like sewing with fleece.  I chose to do these pants in flannel instead and I’m glad I did.  The baby is a space heater and I couldn’t begin to imagine putting him in fleece for bedtime.  Plus, the flannel is super easy to sew.  I followed all of the steps shown and ended up with 2 pairs of adorable pants in no time at all.

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Pinning and cutting my fabric
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More cute pins! Hobby Lobby has the best 🙂

What I loved about it is the simplicity.  I didn’t even refer to the video (I used the video b/c I’m a visual learner and the pics confused me) the second time around.  These came together so quickly, even with a few extra steps.

What I changed/would change

Because I was using flannel instead of fleece, I had to finish or hide my edges unless I wanted a frayed mess on the inside.  For the seams, I used my pinking shears to trim them and for the hems, I folded the edge under 1/4″ and topstitched 1/8″ from the edge.  I made my 15-month-old the size 12-month pants because when I looked at the pattern, the pieces looked HUGE!  In hindsight, I should have gone with the next size up.  They fit, but he won’t get another season out of them.

With ribbon "tag" at back seam
With ribbon “tag” at back seam

For my other son’s pants, I did the same as far as hemming and trimming.  I also added a piece of folded ribbon at the back so they knew which way was which (although the size 7/8 doesn’t have a distinct front and back).  Even using only the 1″ hem and 1/5″ casing, these were easily a full 3 inches too short for my son, and I consider him on the small side.  He just turned 7 in June and he’s 48″ tall.  They also were a little on the tight side.  Next pair I make, I’ll add 4 or more inches to the bottom and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  *I’ll also try these again using fleece and see how that changes things.

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T-Shirts

Girl’s Free T-Shirt Pattern

Yes, I know it says “Girl’s”, but it was the easiest pattern I could find quickly.  It seems that every time I sit to look for something, I lose hours of my day between Pinterest and other blogs.  I was practically running around with blinders on looking for a pattern so I could sew these up before the year ended.  The style of the shirt is supposed to be a little longer.  Since my boys are boys, I decided that wouldn’t be the most masculine look.  I didn’t need to shorten my oldest’s shirt, but the babies’ was shortened by the recommended 1.5″.

This was my first time working with knit fabric.  It took me about 10 minutes to find my ballpoint needles (because I’m sooo organized!!) and then another 10 to convince myself I could do it.  I will say, I don’t care for cutting it out.  This time around, I used paper pieces, next time I think I’ll trace and cut to see if that makes it more bearable.  The green knit that I used was supposed to be for a jacket that never saw the cutting table.  I’ve had it for over a year.

Her instructions are pretty straightforward.  I noticed that she didn’t have the measurements for the neckband listed and freaked out a little.  Then, I started reading through the comments and someone had already inquired about that.  She recommends cutting a strip at 1.5″ ↑ x (80% of the neck circumference) ↔.  For my shirts, I cut both pieces to the 1.5″ height but for the size 2, I cut a 10.5″ length and for the 8, an 11.5″ length.

I also followed different directions for applying the neck-band.  I sewed both shoulder seams at once and then sewed my band down the short ends (1/4″ SA).  I pressed my band seam open and folded the whole thing in half lengthwise.  I pinned and stretched, pinned and stretched, until the whole neck had been done.  Then I sewed it on (right side facing the right side of shirt) using a 1/4″ SA, turned it right side out, pressed seam allowance down, and topstitched.  Everything else, I did the same.  This was another pattern that had me not using the directions the second time around.  LOVE that!!  I also love that I can make my kids t-shirts that feel soft and luxuriant rather than buy the scratchy shirts offered at the stores.

*The neck wouldn’t stretch much.  I didn’t think about needing a stretch thread and I didn’t attach it using a stretch stitch.  Next time I will do this.

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Accessories

Bandana Bib and FREE Sleep Mask

I wanted to make the boys a full set.  The baby wouldn’t dare keep anything on his face, so I chose the bib.  My “big” little is too old for a bib, so we settled on a sleep mask.  How awesome is it that I could make these without paying for the instructions!?!  That makes me super happy.  Anyway, the bib is something I’ve been meaning to do for ages.  BUT, the baby has decided that food is a no go.  He is still exclusively breastfed at 15 months old.  I can’t believe it myself.  We’ve tried everything and he gags/vomits when he starts chewing.  So a bib seemed a little pointless to make.

Now, though, he’s teething and drooling and just downright nasty.  I couldn’t stop thinking about how cute they were so I whipped one up.  It’s probably the easiest thing you’ll ever make.  There were no changes to be made with this pattern, and I think prepping my fabric took longer than actually making the bib.

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The sleep mask is kind of the same deal.  It’s so simple, it almost makes you feel like you’ve missed something somehow.  The only thing I might do differently next time is to add a layer of fleece in between so it’s plush.

There you have it!  All of the pieces I made for their pajamas in one place.  And the crocodile was made by me as well 🙂  The pillow was made almost 2 years ago and he’s still hanging on, albeit a little deflated from so much love.  You can find the pattern for him at Sew4home.

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Hopefully, at least one of you will be happy to find a complete set without needing to shop around.  There are so many great tutorials, it’s pretty easy to get overwhelmed.  I’m going to get back to working through my stash and hopefully make some more cute sets.  Enjoy the rest of your week and don’t forget to stop by next week for another review!

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