Oh, there are so many things I should be working on. Bee blocks, my swap quilt for DQS8, and any number of other projects. But, this weekend, I put them all on hold. I couldn’t resist.
I mentioned that one of my goals for this year was to branch out from quilting and sew some clothing. Lots of people recommended Oliver + S, so a few weeks ago I ordered some patterns, including the Bedtime Story Pajamas. On a trip to Joann’s, I let the kids pick out their own fabric from the quilting cottons for their new pajamas. Every time my daughter saw her choice folded up on my fabric shelves, she pointed to it and said “Mommy, there’s my new ‘jamas!” Clearly, I had to get going on that.
I traced the pattern pieces onto some freezer paper, and started with my son’s fabric. I managed to finish the top while the kids were napping, and when my daughter saw it, she was highly distressed that they weren’t hers. In fact, the only way I convinced her to go to bed that night was with the promise that, tomorrow, she could wear her new “fabric ‘jamas.” I stayed true to my word and whipped hers up in time for the next bedtime.
This was a great first foray into the world of clothing patterns. Simple and straightforward, no elaborate shaping, incredibly clear directions. I had read them through a whole bunch of times before I got started, and then just took it one step at a time. They aren’t perfect, but they fit the kids pretty darn well. And they came together very quickly. I suspect there are a few more in my future…