Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Blue Train PJs.

Joe needed some new pajamas, and I still had a bit of this amazing Spoonflower "Steamies" fabric leftover from Joe's Luka Hoodie. And it appears that, for once, I have made something that pleases his royal highness, Joseph Roscoe!

Blue Train PJs
Blue trains!

Joe is normally a bit PJ-adverse (because you know, PJs mean bedtime, and any self-respecting nearly-three-year-old resists bedtime), but he was pretty happy to put these on tonight: major score for mama! That kind of appreciation and bedtime cooperation is enough to make this amazingly soft printed organic cotton seem almost ... affordable!

Blue Train PJs
Playing with the dogs' toys instead of settling down to read a bedtime story.
For the top, I used the "Tee for Two" raglan t-shirt pattern from Patterns by Figgy's in size 2/3 (with a little extra length added).  The paper pattern is now out of print, but you can download the pattern as a PDF here (it also includes a cute gathered dress version for girls), or there is a similar raglan tee pattern in Shelly Figueroa and Karen LePage's awesome book Sewing for Boys. This is just a great pattern, and I've come back to it over and over again. (Right now, Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy! is hosting a Sewing for Boys sew-along, which I hope to join up with soon. They sewed the raglan tee a while back, so this is a late submission.)

The pants are the "Sleeping Johns" from Growing Up Sew Liberated, in size 3T with a little ribbing added at the cuff. This project was especially satisfying because I used up almost every last inch of the train fabric and needed the cream knit to finish the job. Considering that Spoonflower knits, while lovely and super soft, are not by any means inexpensive, this felt as frugal as can be.

I used my walking foot throughout and twin needles to finish the neckline and hems. Seriously, those two tools have just been a revelation for me. I just can't get enough of these great-looking results!


Blue Train PJs
The PJs pass the evening yoga test.



Time for a bedtime story!

Bedtime story.
Boom, boom, boom, Mr. Brown is a wonder!


Lately, Joe has been really into Dr. Seuss, which makes this mama so happy. Who doesn't love Dr. Seuss? His books are weird enough to be entertaining even to adults who have read them a million times.

Joe loves to make all of the sounds in Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? He can almost read the book to me now (in simplified Joe-speak, of course). His other favorite is Hop on Pop, mostly because he loves to say "No Pat No, Don't Sit on THAT!" ("Don't sit on ouchy plant!" Joe likes to add, pointing to the prickly pear cactus that Pat is about to sit down on and rolling his eyes at Pat's stupidity.)

Bedtime story.
Look, Daddy's taking our photograph!

Good night!

14 comments:

  1. Nice Pj's! I Haven't used spoonflower knit yet, but I want to. I also use/love the tee for two pattern, but my neckband always looks funky, yours looks perfect!

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    1. Spoonflower knits are pricy, but very easy to sew with, and heavenly soft. Their only downside as far as I can tell is that they fade pretty badly over time in the wash. But seeing how much Joe likes these ones, I am absolutely going to buy some more. The prints are just awesome!

      If your issue with the neckline is that it comes out a bit stretched and ripply, using a walking foot might help cure that. That has been my experience, anyway.

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  2. Those look fantastic - of course accessorised by very cute boy doesn't hurt one bit either!
    "Don't sit on ouchy plant!" - how far his speech has come :)

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    1. And he says that when he sees other prickly pear cacti (common in my part of the world) too. A literary joke! Be still my beating heart!

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  3. They look great! He looks very pleased indeed. Your great results have convinced me that no knit projects are to be undertaken here without the walking foot! How did you teach Joe about the ouchy plants? We have cacti sprinkling the yard here and there but she still gets so close to them. I had to remove some spines from her leg via tweezer the other day :o No matter what i tell her she seems determined to learn the hard way!

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    1. Ouchy, Elena!! Joe has definitely had some brushes with cacti, but I just kept pointing out the "ouchy plants" until he now recognizes them all on his own and it's kind of a game. I'm a huge plant nerd, so even though Joe doesn't talk much, I always identify the plants we see if I can. He hasn't started saying "prickly pear" or "euphorbia" yet, but just give it time. :-)

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  4. Amazing! I haven't yet ventured into the world of walking feet and twin needles, and I've only drooled over Spoonflower. But your results are very inspiring — both the jammies and those smiles!

    My favorite part in Hop on Pop was the titular pages, when the dad yells out, "Stop! Don't hop on Pop!" I would cover up the "don't" with my finger and jump on my dad's stomach. We both thought this was hilarious. Well, maybe I did more so!

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    1. That was always my favorite part too! And sometimes I'd be jumping around on dad, and he's suddenly say, "STOP. You must not hop on pop!" And we would laugh. Good times. It's so fun to share a book that you have good memories of. To be totally honest, I was kind of dying of boredom reading the same truck books over and over. I'm so happy for a change!

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  5. Aww, I love that pic of you guys reading together! And those pjs look amazing! Obviously Joe has great taste in pjs to love these so much :)
    And now you're reminding me that someday I need to learn how to use a twin needle...someday....

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    1. It took me a long while to get around to trying it, just because the needles are expensive and I couldn't quite wrap my head around how it would all work. But it's one of those things - pretty easy once you try it out.

      I'm not soliciting Joe's help in picking out his next Spoonflower fabric. Helicopters, yellow tractors, or fire trucks? He hasn't decided yet.

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    2. Oops. Of course, I meant I am NOW soliciting his help ...

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  6. Wow, these would have to be the most groovy pjs I've seen, Inder - fabulous!

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  7. Awesome PJs!

    The PRINT version of the Tee for Two is out of Print, but it is still available in PDF format for a while. Find it here:

    http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/Clothing/Tee-for-Two-Small-sizes/3910


    :)

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    1. Cool!! I'll correct the blog reference above. Thank you! It's such a great pattern. I've made at least a dozen at this point. :-)

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