Wednesday, July 30, 2014

yes, sorry, more jammies.


Here are a couple more jammie sets, both loosely based on vintage Simplicity 5006. This time not made from thrifted sheets! I've about run out of those. (Patting self on back for  using up stash.) But I still have an embarrassing amount of random printed cottons, so this post was made from the stash, no purchase necessary. Fear not that it is late July. It stays warm here through September/October so these will get lots of wear. Also I confess they pull double duty as we have been known* to stay in our jammies all day around here.

*But only on days that end in Y.

This first set for Thing 2 is made from super cute pennant IKEA precut fabric bundle I picked up maybe five years ago as a random impulse buy. (As I'm typing this I realize the last couple of times I've been in there I haven't even seen bolts of fabric. Have they gotten rid of their fabric lines? Maybe I just missed them. Please tell me I missed them. *hyperventilating*)

As you can see, I didn't have enough fabric to pattern match the shorts, but I think it looks fine. Thing 2 absolutely loves wearing it. When I sew her anything she says 'thank you thank you' over and over again and gets really excited. That's nice.


I did do a killa job at matching the stripes on the top's side seams. I forgot to take a photo from the side, but trust me, it looks aces. I found some bits of this nice cotton gingham bias trim I used on the neck and pocket. The straps are regular ol' prepackaged poly bias binding.


Here's a set for the oldest. She's a tween now, you know. She informed me that she doesn't prefer the billowy full look of the first set I made her. She likes shorter and less full now that she's almost twelve. Less, you know, 'girly'. *turning away to sob into own shoulder* So I redrew the top pattern and took out some width and length to make her this non-babydoll version.


The brown and blue flowered fabric. Oh, I love it. I've been hoarding it for years. Do you remember Denyse Schmidt's Katie Jump Rope? It's one of my favorite fabric lines. I get fabric nostalgia when I dig through my shelves. The top is made from a solid lawn from the stash with prepackaged brown bias tape for the straps.

This basic shorts pattern is a no brainer, as easy as shorts get. Two pieces. Three seams. However I did have to modify it again because after seeing the first couple of pairs on the girls I noticed it needed a shorter rise in front. For some reason my girls wear all their shorts and skirts slung underneath their belly buttons.

I'm not done showing you jammies yet. Sorry.

10 comments:

  1. These are so cute! I adore the pennant fabric. I can't believe how fast you're whipping these out! Will these be an etsy shop item ever? ;)

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    1. Hey, Catie, thanks a bunch. I'm on a mission to use my stash and at the same time supply the girls with decent jams. Those two goals go well together. I've thought about putting together a quick tutorial on drafting your own version sinc e a lot of folks have trouble finding that vintage pattern.

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  2. They are cute. I was just sorting my fabric stash and came across some Kate Jump Rope fabric. Some of the first fabric I bought online.

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    1. Thanks LeeAnn! I know! It's an oldie. My goal is to start using more of my fabric hoard. Feels good to put it to use.

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  3. I too am impressed with you production! they are so cute I could wear them myself. I am pretty sure IKEA still sells a lot of fabric, don't fret!

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    1. Hey, juju, I'm impressing myself too. Haha. I've completed two more sets and am ready to give it a rest and do something else. Feels good to make something so immediately useful, but I get bored doing it over and over!

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  4. Don't feel bad, I collect old sheets with the INTENTION to sew. You, my friend, at least produce something. Old sheets rock, I got some cowboys the other day!

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    1. Haha, thanks, SuzieQ! I love it when I find a kitschy set of sheets! Cowboys would make great Jammies.

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