The Triumphant Return of the Xmas PJs

It was a little more last minute than I would have liked but all three* sets of jams were done before dinner on christmas eve.

And here at last I’m sharing a picture of my girls. It’s W on the left and B on the right, in their jams. Santa brought snorkel sets this year.

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This is three or four years of nightshirts for F. He refused to model them for you. This year is the space invaders on the bottom of the pile.

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* I only make christmas pjs for the kids and husband. Go here to see what happens when I make for myself.

Linking up with Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty!

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Babies

Not having any more, in case you got excited. Or worried. But my sister was visiting this week with her two wee ones. To recap: mine are just turned 10, and 5 3/4. Both girls. My sister also has two girls: just turned 3, and 7 months.

I had forgotten all about these but apparently I made some change mats a few years ago. Possibly even for my youngest but I honestly don’t recall.

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A bit of flannel and a same size bit of PUL (polyurethane laminate), held together with binding. This is 19″x26″. I had a .5m cut of fabric and used the leftover to make a burp cloth (not pictured because ewww, gross).

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I used a fancy stitch on my machine and pre-fab bias binding, but damn, look at that mitre. Pretty impressive for three years old and many, many washings.

And a warm welcome to all the new blog readers. Thank you for joining me here.

Non-quilt sewing

Nine years ago I started doing something that is now a tradition in my family; each year I make my daughters a dress for their birthdays. I give them a short list of patterns to choose from and I allow them considerable veto power over fabric choice and decisions.

This year B wanted overall-shorts but I re-directed her to just shorts.

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These are longer than hotpants if you can believe it.

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I personally wouldn’t have chosen sparkly stretch denim, but then I’m about 30 years too old for that to be my favourite.

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And if you’re working with sparkly stretch denim then sparkly rainbow metallic thread is a good choice too.

I’ve never done that style of pocket before. Nor that kind of fly zipper. Last night was a steep learning curve, but a quick one. Start to finish was less than three hours. And B is tickled to death with these.

The grand reveal

Phew! We have made it through one hundred days of kindergarten. To celebrate, each kid had to decorate a paper grocery bag with one hundred things arranged in groups of ten. I complained about it a few weeks ago over here when W chose all her fabrics from my scrap bin.

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See that fabric on the bottom left? That is a bit from the first fabric I ever bought “just because” I liked it. Still have some left, nine and a half years later! It is “Dimples” by Gail Kessler in either “celeste” or “robin’s egg.”

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She chose exactly which fabric went where, which was fun to watch.