Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Just making PJ's and such

I've used the same PJ pattern for my son since he was 3 years old - it is Simplicity 8493.  Over and over again.  Plus I've made the robe 2X in fleece.  It takes me 3 hours per pair of PJ's -  if I cut out 2 pairs at once it goes faster.  The only thing - buy extra fabric!  I buy 3 yards for a size 6 because the fabric is narrower than the pattern expects and there is just no way you can cut it all out unless you have that extra.
Anyway, I am a bit behind in making PJ's this year.  In August I knew that I had to make some and I did - the pants he has been wearing since August and the top?  Well, the top needs buttonholes.  And along the way the buttons got "played" with so now I need new buttons.  I couldn't do the buttonholes right off because I used a knit jersey fabric and don't have any interfacing on hand for those buttonholes.  Shoot.  When I use flannel the buttonholes are easy breezy - not so with knit.  Oh well, live and learn. 
In the meantime he has been tugging and pulling at the sleeves of his current pairs and asks "Momma, when are you going to make me new PJ's?".  Last week when we went away I let him pick out 2 lengths of flannel and this week I made them up.  Scooby Doo - all done and being worn nightly!  And the pirate ships - well - got to get buttons and elastic, but everything else on them is done, done, done.
I will be seeing my sewing sister this week and I am sure that between the 2 of us we can finish up what needs to be done.  That will give my son 3 pairs to wear.  Phew.
Also, along the way I have lost his pants pattern.  Yikes!  This boy will NOT wear store bought pants.  It is really pointless anyway because nothing and I mean nothing ever fits him anyway.  My sister has the same pattern and she is giving me her copy this week.  I am going to see if I can pick up a simple vest pattern and then I can make him matching pants/vest.  He loves fleece vests and wears one almost daily.
With the left-over fleece bits I hope to make some simple hats for the younger cousins for Christmas presents.  We will see....
Because we are moving tomorrow.  Well - not actually moving, but just relocating for NINE months.  Yikes!  How does one pack everything they need in 3 suitcases for 1 adult and 1 child for nine months?  When 1 suitcase has been taken over by Legos and I need to have room for my business stuff and stay within a reasonable weight?  Even though we are allowed 4 suitcases, I can't manage 4 alone.  DH went ahead of us and only needed 1 bag so I sent him with an extra for us - full of ski pants and winter boots - that stuff just fills a suitcase in a quick hurry.  Somehow we will manage - and  at least he has PJ's that fit!


Doodlebug Gail said...

I have a pattern just like yours ..... except I used it for 2 kids! Good luck with the trip and I'll look forward to your blogging once you're unpacked and settled. I'll say a prayer for an uneventful journey for you and your growing boy.

Lori in South Dakota said...

Scooby do, great choice! Can't wait to see the pirates. And moving for nine months, please tell all!!

Shirley said...

Fingers crossed for your safe travel. Let us know when you arrive.

JudyL said...

So, are you there and settled? Hope so.