January 25, 2010

Sewing with kids :: PJ's!



We had a nice and almost normal weekend. The girls had busy schedules on Saturday, but on Sunday we just stayed home and relaxed, and M. and I found time for some sewing as well.

With the holidays and all that happened after, we didn't do any sewing since the tote bag. She'd told me a couple of times already the next thing she wanted to sew was something she could wear. That's when I came up with the idea of making some PJ pants. Not too difficult, I thought, and no big deal if it didn't work out. Only problem: I didn't have a pattern - very annoying on a Sunday afternoon. We did have some summer drawstring pants, however, which once belonged to M. but now are more of little H.'s size. I traced those and added a couple of inches here and there, and hoped for the best. I found some really nice cotton fabric in my stash, with a delicate flower print which M. happened to like too. I cut the fabric for her and pinned the pieces together. And, somehow, the pattern worked out perfectly. Don't ask me how I did it, but it was right to the very last millimeter. M. did all the sewing on her little machine - she even zig-zagged the edges to prevent the fabric from fraying. I showed her a little trick for sewing the two legs together. She sort of panicked when she saw how wide the pants were at the waist - that was before inserting the elastic, however. Once the elastic was in, they had the right fit. I added one final little detail for her: a faux drawstring at the front.

Et voilà!... a mere two hours later, I was able to take this shot: a proud M. in her new PJ's...
Perfect! Just perfect! Don't you think?!

11 comments:

nicole/brussels said...

magnifique, joli, je ne trouve pas d'autres mots! et dire que c'est une petite fille de 9 ans qui vient de le réalisser, je suis très fière de ma petite-fille! bravo M.

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Yes, I do think those are perfect pj's! She did a great job sewing.

said...

Yes, perfect is the right word! They look great and you both made a wonderful team.

britt said...

absolutely wonderful!!!!

virginia said...

is the trick placing one completed pant leg inside the other, and then joining?

can't remember who showed me...

i'm inspired! lovely jammie pants.

cindy said...

oh wow, she's fantastic! i need a pair as my attempt went south. one thing i didn't know what the trick, which i think virginia mentioned. bravo m!

Pascale said...

My little girl loved your comments on her favorite PJ's ever!

To Virginia and Cindy: you guessed it right. The little trick consists in sewing both legs separately, then turn one leg inside out and slip it inside the other leg, right sides facing, and such that the inner leg seams of both legs face each other (and consequently, so will the outer leg seams). Next, you pin and then stitch the two together (but leave the top open!). Pull the leg out of the other again and done.

blue moss said...

Sooooo perfect.....the pjs and the pic of your beautiful girl

karen said...

You're both very talented! Sweet pj pants and lovely photo. So glad you're all feeling better and filled with creative energy. Thank you for sharing the pretty colors and projects, especially during the frosty winter.

RosaMaría said...

beautiful photo! and great pjs!!

vividity said...

What great PJs! Your girl did a great job of it. (And you, too!) I am looking forward to doing some of this kind of thing when my girl's old enough (and the toddler is out of the house for the day!)

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