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Star Wars pajamas

Happy Snow Day, friends! We’re stuck at home with 5 inches of snow. I’m trying to do some work-from-home, Kev is building Liam’s big boy bed (sob), and Liam is mainly trying (and succeeding at) distracting me from work.

I always want to sew something for Liam for special occasions, and I feel like PJs are a perfect Christmas present. (I know I love getting PJs at Christmas, and somehow my family never fails me in that regard. Every year!) So I made Star Wars flannel pajamas for Liam!

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This fabric is from Jo-Ann’s. I’ve been eyeing it for years and finally bought two yards!

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I didn’t make any changes to my Oliver + S School Days shirt hack except for lengthening the bodice, and I cut a 3T using Rae’s Parsley Pants pattern – boy is getting too tall for his own good!

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Not much else to say about these PJs except Kevin said they look like prison pajamas, but he’s evil and mean, so what does he know? Ok, they totally do. But I still love them and I hope Liam does too!

This picture makes me laugh… he’s making the pirate nutcracker ride the reindeer. I think the French nutcracker is helping him up too.

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Corduroy blazer

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Christmas outfits are pretty much done chez Waterman! I made L a corduroy blazer using Blank Slate Pattern’s Basic Blazer.

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The corduroy is 16W corduroy from Jo-Ann’s – Biking Red like my uncut corduroy Kelly skirt.

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Silver shot cotton lining! I think it makes it look extra festive.

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I tried to get a good picture of how shimmery this shot cotton is. It’s nice and light which I think pairs well with the heavier corduroy.

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These beautiful little buttons are Jo-Ann’s (what else) – not sure why they’re called tortoise buttons but they’re cute and remind me of Bilbo Baggins. I bet he’d be proud of these buttons.

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These are my first welt pockets. They could definitely use more work but my second turned out much better than the first! I’m sorry to say that this one pictured is my second one… but I’m sure I’ll get better with practice! Plus, come on, it’s not like it’s going to fit Liam next year…

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Flannel PJs for L

Well, I’ve gone and outed myself to friends & family. I finally let them all know that I blog about my sewing adventures here. I guess I have to stop using swear words. Not that I do much. One time I accidentally dropped the F-bomb when my mom was in the room and she yelled at me to go to my room. This was last year. In my home.

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Anyway it’s been getting cold here so I decided to make some flannel pajamas for L. I hacked the Oliver + S Sketchbook shirt pattern that I just used for Fix-It Felix, Jr. and finally got around to using Rae’s Parsley Pants pattern for pajama pants.

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I found this flannel at Jo-Ann’s – can’t find it online but keep an eye out for sales on flannel! I used two yards.

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Weirdly enough, I’ve never made L pajama pants so it was really refreshing to sew these up so quickly! I also hemmed them by machine while I normally do a blind hem by hand on most of his pants.

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I drafted a new back pattern piece for these pajamas as I didn’t think the yoke and back pleat were necessary, and I just thought it might be a little more comfortable for L. It was a pretty easy pattern hack: I just overlapped the yoke and back pieces 1 inch to remove the seam allowance and followed the pattern edge so they matched up. I cut it with a straight hem all around. I traced it on to freezer paper so I can make this up again quickly! I’m tempted to shove everything off my queue and just make these PJs over and over again.

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I don’t know why PJs always have a little breast pocket. Who would put something there?

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I went with the hexagon snaps again… I can’t help it. Sometimes L is a struggle to get PJs on so I thought snaps would shave off a couple of seconds.

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Oh my God these moose are just killing me.

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This boy cracks me up too.

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I made this the background on my phone, because how could I not smile when I look at this fantastic smile?

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Blurry but MELTS MY HEART.

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These PJs are perfect for snuggling with Daddy.


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Holiday napkins – FINISHED!

Since I’m a cheapskate (how’s that for an opener?), my favourite time to go holiday shopping is… post-Christmas! I find the best deals usually the week or so after New Years’ – although the selection is generally not as good as right after Christmas. I didn’t get a chance to go to Target but I did swing by Crate & Barrel and got these mini ramekins which I totally plan to use year round. Just too cute not to! I also finally got us a pickle ornament 🙂

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So following tradition, I hopped over to Joann’s to browse their holiday fabrics – I needed two yards each of coordinating fabrics to make 8 napkins. If you’re lazy you can just buy 16 fat quarters but you still will need to trim them to size and it will probably be more expensive. I already lost the receipt (read: threw it out) but I think the fabrics were each $4.99 a yard, and I had a 10% off coupon. Tip: never go to Joann’s without a coupon. They have their mailers, email coupons, AND an app – and they double coupons so I never pay full price for anything at Joann’s.

(I just realized that the Petersiks used one of these fabrics for their Clara monthly shot! I am obviously very on-trend. It feels like I just got caught wearing the same dress as Zooey Deschanel.)

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I washed and dried my pretty fabric then used my handy dandy rotary cutter and cutting mat to cut out eight 17″x17″ squares out of each fabric. I swear by a rotary cutter and mat – I’ve only ever used this particular model (Olfa straight handle – not the fancy ergonomic handle one which is waaaay cool) but it makes cutting sooooo fast. And I am a terrible cutter. When I use scissors it always looks like I tried to cut it by prodding a shark and shoving the fabric between its jaws. Plus with the rotary cutter you can cut several layers at a time! Around 4 layers is doable for this particular cutter but obviously that depends on the fabric.

Theeeen it was time to iron! After TWO years of having our own place, Kevin finally got me an ironing board! Well, actually he commissioned his parents to buy it for me for Christmas, because an ironing board is just not something your husband should buy you for Christmas. Just sayin’. So now I can iron on a proper board instead of laying towels over my washer and dryer! Definitely not classy.

Then I took two squares – one of each pattern – and faced them together. Pin! Sew 1/4 inch around the perimeter… leave three inches open for turning around! Clip the corners and turn it right-side out! Push the corners to a nice 90-degree angle with a chopstick – or I use the not-pointy end of a bamboo skewer since I have a gazillion in my craft room. Why? Because I hosted a sweet sixteen tea party for my baby sister. It was glorious. One day I may blog about it so it may live on in interneternity.

Then press the napkin again. To close up the gap, topstitch around the perimeter at either 1/4″ or 1/8″. I did 1/8″ this time but I would probably do 1/4″ for my next set. Yes, next set. Or more probably, sets.

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And ta-da! Way cute. The way I see it, the more colourful the better because… I’m a messy eater. Hides pasta sauce stains way better! I also like to bring one with me to work because I eat at my desk and yes, I am definitely gross. I keep Mrs. Meyers’ wipes handy because I am just that much of a slob.

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#2 on my 2013 resewlutions is making cloth napkins because well… I need not holiday napkins too! It took me about 2 hours total after they came out of the dryer, and that was with walking away to put a load of dirty clothes in the machine and probably to get a snack too. I have a few fabrics that I may use for our everyday napkins but I’m not sure yet. Will definitely post about it for sure!

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