Is there was one thing that you could make over and over again, what would it be? For me, that thing is PJ's. Sewing can be pretty repetitious sometimes, and there are plenty of times when I'm bored or just not into it - like when I'm making pants. I'd rather chew on a sweat sock than make a pair of woven pants with a functioning fly.
I'm not sure what it is exactly that I love about making PJ's, but I think it has something to do with all the fun prints that you find with kid's PJ's. As my babies get older, the "cutesy" prints that I love for little kids become less acceptable for daily wear, so I focus my undying love of the cutesy prints on making PJ's (denial much?)
While I was shopping at Wal-Mart recently, I came across some fleece throws for $2.88 each for a 50x60 inch blanket. You guys. I almost died when I found these! They actually have a good amount of stretch to them, and there were SO many cute prints. I threw 6 of them in my cart and giddily ran home to sew.
Now before I say any more, please let me specify that these throws are not specifically created for use in clothing, so if you decide to make clothes with them as I have, please do so at your own risk, k?
Colder weather is happening more and more frequently here in PA, so when I found the fox printed throw shown in the picture below, I knew fleece fox PJ's had to happen. Immediately.
The pants were made using Peek-a-Boo Pattern's Alex and Anna Winter PJ's, Since the pants are made out of fleece, they're really warm and cozy. And I love the skinny fit that you get with the Alex and Anna PJ's. After I made the pants, I was able to cut out a shirt and another set of pants for my son!
So I basically got a whole outfit and a half for $2.88. You can't beat that.
And check out the adorable foxes! The only downside to using the throws is that the prints are directional, so if you wanted to cut with the stretch going sideways, the print will look a little wonky (that's why my foxes look like they're diving down in the pants above.) Let's just say they're practicing their pouncing or something? :) There are plenty of other prints that aren't as directional as this one, I just couldn't pass up the cute foxes.
And to go along with the fox PJ pants, or course I needed to make a "What Does the Fox Say" top to go with it. The shirt was made using See Kate Sew's Recess Raglan (probably my very favorite pattern that I own.) I used a white knit from Girl Charlee and some yummy yellow flocked heat transfer material from Silhouette, which happened to match the yellow leaves on the pants perfectly. I designed the wording in Silhouette Studio and cut it out. I just love the little fox face substituted for the "o"! (Any interest in the downloadable Silhouette Studio file I used for the wording in the shirt above?)
This girl loves her new PJ's and was hamming it up until we got a little photo bomber...
Meet Bear! He's actually my in-law's puppy, and he is adorable. And he knows it.
After I bought the first batch of throws, I've been back and picked up plenty more in even more adorable prints, so I'm sure this won't be the last time you hear about my fleece throw sewing :)So run, skip, frolic, whatever you need to do, and buy some fleece throws to make cozy winter PJ's!