I’d love to say that I had these finished in time for Christmas and wrapped up under the tree. Nope! But I did finish them a couple of days after Christmas when the kids were being entertained by parents and in laws so I was close. Mr Rae can’t get over how cute she is in these. Of course that isn’t really saying much he always thinks she’s SO CUTE (she is).
This house flannel is from the Folksy Flannels line by Anna Maria Horner (whose New Year’s post had me weeping like a baby. AGAIN. seriously that woman always makes me cry) and the trim is the pink from her solid voile collection (shameless sponsor plug: you can find AMH fabrics at a bunch of the fabric shops on the sidebar, but I’m link-lazy so you’ll have to look yourself).
The pattern for the top is the Bedtime Story PJ’s by Oliver+S and I used my Big Butt Baby Pants for the bottoms (FYI: the Oliver+S PJ pant DOES fit over C’s cloth diaper, but it’s a bit of a squeeze. The B3P’s add a few extra inches in the bum). It was a complete accident that the houses lined up perfectly not only across the bum of the pants but from the pants to the top. I could not have done that on purpose if I had tried. Really.
I own roughly half of the Oliver+S pattern collection and have to say if you have not tried them you really must. Liesl sets the industry standard for dependable, good-fitting patterns and instructions so flawless that you can put your brain on autopilot while you sew. You might think (as I did at one point) that it might not be worth paying $16 for a pattern that is a PJ pant and kimono top. You would be wrong. I am finding that I use this pattern (along with a few other basic patterns) more than any others for the fact that it is so simple and easy to follow. I’ve used the PJ pant pattern at least five times in the last year for both of my kids. I just realized now looking at the Oliver+S website that this one is now out of print waaaah, but I know you can still find it around at many quilting fabric shops (and just did a quick search: Alewives has it).
It’s a good thing that there’s an extra inch on the bottom of the Big Butt pant leg pattern because C is a pretty tall baby and she’s going to need it by the end of the winter. The pants fit her perfectly length-wise now so I’ll probably be letting these down in a couple months. I always always always use a super-long stitch length when hemming pants; it’s so much easier to tear out the stitches that way.
I still have enough fabric to make something else small, so I’m trying to figure out what to do with it. Is it totally dorky to make matching PJ’s for her doll? Scratch that: HOW dorky is it if I make matching PJs for her doll?
One more thing: I’m going to keep the Charm Stitch Fat Quarter giveaway open just a little longer until the end of the day today…I kindof forgot that it was New Year’s last weekend and people might not be reading blogs, so if you didn’t get a chance to enter you still can! Happy New Year everyone!