Kid’s Clothes Week

Kid’s Clothes Week


Last week was Kid’s Clothes Week, and as usual I made some pajamas. To celebrate, finally, refurbishing my  ugly mustard dress I used up the rest of the fabric. The non-childish print is very sweet on her, making me wish I’d sewn her a dress instead.


Casper got a pair of underwear, which he would not let me photograph on him, but they are also adorable.


The Details
Tank Top Ottobre 01-2013-22 Size 116
Adeline’s underwear Jalie 2568 Size H
Casper’s Underwear Ottobre 01-2013-16 Size 104
Fabric Type Jersey
Stretch Factor 75%

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Rocket children

Rocket children


Many moons ago, Casper rocked a cute pair of rocket PJs, often (although I could not find photographic evidence) on a matching rocket baby blanket. But something was wrong with the blanket, something on the inside had disintegrated making the blanket lumpy.


The blanket sat lonely in the sewing room for many years, until one day it was freed of its lumpy interior.


It was freed from the copious amounts of thread binding it together. P450-IMG_2141

The blanket was surprised at its transformation, and even more surprised to find Casper had been transformed too. No longer was he a tiny baby obsessed with the washing machine, but instead a handsome, loving brother.


And this happy reunion was all due to Kids Clothes Week.

For those times when you just want to disappear. 

For those times when you just want to disappear. 


I’ve had these done for quite a while, but I kept waiting for the kids to both wear them on a sunny day.


I’ve had the idea to make Casper knickers for quite a while – since I read this great post (written March 17, 2015) – it’s sad that it takes over a year from conception to fruition.


Here are a few of the details. Camouflage fold-over elastic is pretty awesome. Grommets and clear elastic – less awesome.


The kids were particularly uncooperative for this shoot.


The Details
Casper’s top Ottobre 1/2016 Pattern 20 Size 116
Casper’s knickers Ottobre 6/2016 Pattern 26 Size 116
Adeline’s pinafore dress Ottobre 6/2010 Pattern 20 Size 116
Adeline’s pants Ottobre 6/2010 Pattern 21 Size 116
Fabric Type Knit
Stretch Factor 100%

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The fruit of Kid’s Clothes Week

The fruit of Kid’s Clothes Week

Kid’s clothes week has come and gone. I had planned to sew up several sets of matching PJs for the kids who are in dire need…well Casper is in dire need of new PJs and I have a compulsive need to dress my kids in matching sets. At least I don’t make them wear matching outfits outside of the house – not very often anyway. Regardless, the plan for several sets resulted with only one completed.

450IMG_7991How adorable are these two? Adeline insisted on the floor-length nightdress and I conceded against my preferences. The kid sure knows what she likes, and I have to admit the dress is very sweet on her.

450IMG_8013Once Adeline and I agreed on the fabric, I asked Casper if he would like PJs from the cupid fabric too. He whole-heartedly agreed, only to be disappointed when he learned it was not the reindeer Cupid. His disappointment was short lived and he loves the new PJs, he is easily pleased. I decided to stray from my go to long john pattern (see them here), and I am pretty pleased with this Ottobre pattern. The differences are subtle, but it’s nice to change it up.


kid's clothes week

The Details
Casper’s Top Ottobre 1/2013 Pattern 20 Size 116
Casper’s long johns Ottobre 6/2013 Pattern 36 Size 116
Adeline’s nightie Ottobre 6/2015 Pattern 31 Size 116
Fabric Type Cotton Thermal
Stretch Factor 50%

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More Valentine’s Pajamas

More Valentine’s Pajamas

She’s looking too grown up with these braids.

Out of the last few sets of pajamas I’ve made, this set is my favorite. This is the Ottobre 6/2010 pattern again (used here, here, and here). This time I made a size 110 instead of 104 because I thought the pants were a bit small on the last 2 pairs. I usually remove the front pee hole panel for Adeline’s pants, but I thought maybe my modifications were to blame for the tight fit, so I made the pattern as is. She’s kind of thrilled to have a pee hole like her brother, but was disappointed that there weren’t ruffles on the butt. Somehow I just didn’t think ruffles and pee holes went together.

She really busted out some moves on this shoot.
She really busted out some moves on this shoot.

The shirt is a little big, but the pants fit perfect with just a little growing room. I only made 1 slight modification because I had originally cut this fabric to make a pair of harem pants for her. So I shortened the pant legs and lengthened the cuffs to compensate.

A better shot of the extra long cuffs.
A better shot of the extra long cuffs.
Look at that concentration.

Adeline was super excited to take these pictures, probably because it was showcasing her handiwork. I designed the heart (using the Silhouette software) to match the metallic design of the light pink fabric. My usual go to for stenciling is freezer paper, but I’ve been trying to declutter my house so I decided to use Silhouette brand stencil vinyl that I’ve had for a long time. Knowing I could use the transfer tape changed my design a bit, perhaps for the better, but come on, using transfer tape is kind of a bitch. In the end it’s worth it; the kids love painting and I love how perfect it turns out. And I love this heart so much I’m pretty sure I’ll put it on a T-shirt for myself soon. Who says hearts are just for Valentine’s Day?


Cinderella PJs

Cinderella PJs

“I love these new pajamas my mom made me!”
“Shush, Cinderella! Don’t you say one bad word about your new pajamas.”

I really love Disneyland, and have a lot of old Disney shirts that are just waiting to made into cute clothes for my babes. I wish I had taken a picture of the original tank top/shorts sleep set. The pattern is from Ottobre 6/2010 issue (see these pjs for another version). I had to modify the front a bit because the tank top wasn’t large enough to cut the entire front bodice. Cinderella got her own matching set from an American Girl pattern. I had to make some adjustments to account for Cinderella’s tiny waist; she is a Disney princess after all.

On second thought, I'm still considering my feelings about these pjs.
“Mom, how much longer will this take?”
Cinderella may be a princess, but she still needs her nose picked once in a while.
Cinderella’s a princess; she can’t pick her own nose.