It's too hot* to knit, so I've been playing with my new sewing machine. What better thing to make when learning how to sew? Skinny Rabbit says: Pajamas for everyone!
Pajama bottoms for the boy:
"The Dash likes."
(That's what he was saying while running in place.)
[What's that? Another VIEW?
This is my very first sewing project on my grown-up sewing machine. I used Simplicity pattern 6931, and picked a crinkly lightweight cotton in an irregular motif with threads shot through it because I had no idea that bad boy crinkly fabric would give me a heck of time at pinning the pattern down and cutting out the pieces without breaking up the motif. The observant may notice that YES: My
perfectionist self cut and sewed up the pattern pieces in such a way so that the motif would remain uninterrupted at all the seams. [Thank you, Manual Pratique de la Couture
, my sewing book reference.] I'm really proud of these pajama bottoms because they came out pretty darn good despite the one boneheaded moment in the beginning where I accidentally sewed the pants leg together so that the seam was outside instead of inside. And doesn't my boy look all comfy in his little homemade-to-fit pajama bottoms
? We think so, too.
Summer pajamas for the man:
[Click here to see the whole outfit and some sewing views!
Fresh out of bed on a Sunday morning.
(So they're a little rumpled.)
I sewed these pajamas using Simplicity pattern 9900 and a lightweight cotton/elasthene blend. I'm really happy with them because I learned how to sew in facings and sleeves smoothly, and finish off curved narrow hems neatly without having any boneheaded moments. When my husband put them on (he wore them right after I finished them) he said, "These are really well-made." [Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!] Most welcome praise, especially after all that pressing of seams, hems and facings. [Note: Patterns should come with a disclaimer that reads, "Thou shalt have an iron and use it often while sewing this pattern. Kick on the air conditioning or pray for rain if temps are more than 90 degrees outside."]
And that's not all! I've been getting snail mail treats from my online buds. In honor of my new sewing hobby, Mrs. Pilkington
sent me some vintage sewing patterns (with the added bonus of my favorite chocolates!)
for some cute pillow toys and travel games, Maud
in Finland sent an assortment of dried Mexican peppers, dried pozole and pepitas
that will be put to very good culinary use, sweet Patti
sent me a load of retro candy and some fab American magazines
, and multi-talented Nikki
(a friend of mine since since 1998 who has actually seen the first webpage I ever had...aahhhh!) sent me - get ready for this - the most adorable crocheted RABBIT, a crocheted scarf in Debbie Bliss baby alpaca and a cd
jam-packed with tunes from the eighties. And for his first outing, we took Monsieur Rabbit, a.k.a. Pierre, to the open market in La Croix Rousse to pick up some treats. Which means, of course, that there's a SLIDESHOW
for you! Click to see:
*It's also too hot to wear anything other than a bikini. So I put together a summer layout for my site
! [Check it out and make it into my site's skin here
. If you have a problem loading any elements of the new skin, make sure cookies are enabled, clear your cache, hit refresh or open my site in a new browser window.] As always, I have my longtime and talented friends to help me with this kind of stuff: I want to give a big thank you to my good friends Elise
for all the retro chick images she sends me to use in my site designs and Nikki
(one and the same) for previewing and cross-browser/platform checking. Who loves ya???