Handmade hand-me-downs: Oliver+S PJs

Oliver + S Pajamas

Oliver + S Pajamas

Usually the things I make and post on my blog are brand sparkly new, fresh off the sewing machine, photographed, and then posted for you to see, and for me to look back and remember later. But lately many of handmade things I made for Elliot in the earlier days of this blog have been reappearing as they now fit Hugo, years later still proving their value. The things that were made well (admittedly not all of them) have lasted many washes, and though most have stains and others have been tossed, it gives me so much joy to see these old friends again. Not only because of the memories they bring back to me of little Elliot, but because it confirms for me why — even though they grow out of them so quickly — it is worth it to sew clothes for my kids. The time and toil it takes to make these things is sewn up into a garment that holds the love and thoughts you had for that child as you made it, a blessing of sorts, that then surrounds them as they wear it. And while buying my kid’s clothing is easier and almost always cheaper, especially when I consider my time, it is not the same. I was probably harried and overwhelmed when I made these little pajamas, home with a toddler Elliot and baby Clementine all day every day, but I’m still so very glad I found patches time to make them. Even more so because I absolutely remember how therapeutic sewing was for me back then.

Oliver + S Pajamas

Oliver + S Pajamas

You might recognize the pajamas that Hugo is wearing in these photos as one of Liesl Gibson’s earliest Oliver+S sewing patterns, the Bedtime Story Pajamas. I’ve learned many wonderful tips and techniques from Liesl’s patterns, including this one. It’s elegantly simple in design, and so cute. I made this little set for Elliot back in 2010, and I think they’re still just as adorable on Hugo as they were on Elliot when I first made them.

Blue Pajamas for Elliot

Just for kicks, here’s Elliot wearing them when he was just a bit older than Hugo is now. Slight family resemblance. I’ve been keeping Hugo’s hair shorter because I’m afraid if I don’t, I won’t be able to tell them apart in photos someday. Hugo keeps pointing at old pictures of Elliot and saying “Dat’s Hugo!”

Blue Pajamas for Elliot

I don’t think I ever posted these on the blog when I first made them. I looked and didn’t find anything, though that doesn’t mean much. This blog is now so old that even I don’t remember everything I posted on it anymore. Well. On that note, time for bed!

7 thoughts on “Handmade hand-me-downs: Oliver+S PJs

  1. Love it! My youngest son is now also wearing the clothes that I once made for his big brother, when I first started to sew. So good to see these reappear. Next they will be handed down to friends for a third life.

  2. Awww so cute! I haven’t found much time to sew for my little one (but some moments there to knit, thankfully) but I plan to try to make her a few things. And at least she has a baby quilt I finished before she arrived! Since I want another kid in a few years I should probably start to make a quilt for him/her now… LOL.

  3. I totally love every bit of this. I started sewing when my second child was born. Even though I was working outside the house, the pockets of time I spent sewing was my therapy and I was so lucky to have a wonderful tiny sewing store that I could walk to in my neighborhood where I could take classes with fellow sewers. This brings back happy memories and this pattern is precious. Definitely on my list to sew when grandchildren come into my life. Beautiful post.

  4. I think that you posted about the bedtime PJ’s (maybe Clementines) because I remember you saying that they were going out of print and I quickly bought a copy. I a think that was your blog, but if it wasn’t I have gotten a lot of other good advice from you!

  5. Love these. I made several pairs of Big Butt Baby pants and Quick Change Trousers by Anna Maria Horner for my youngest grandson. Now the ones that are not too boyish are being worn by my granddaughter and the rest are with a friend’s little boy. And I do love seeing them being worn again.

  6. Children, good genes, have a sense of responsibility and a good mother of creativity.Pajamas are fitted and comfortable, child happy.

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