You may remember that I, er, made a New Years resolution to sew one item a month for the girls in 2018… How is that going, you ask? Basically, I don’t want to talk about it. But: I made pyjamas for Harriet! And a nightie for Eleanor. So, I’m getting there…
My ‘resolution’ was pretty loose, I wasn’t sure if I meant one item for each girl, or just one item in general per month (I’m going to go with the latter given the current scoreboard situation). But recently when I was in Spotlight, I spied some pretty cute Easter flannelette – and hatched an idea (see what I did there). I usually get the girls pyjamas or slippers to go with an egg or three from the Easter Bunny, but it just so happened that a flannelette nightie using the Tadah Seaside dress pattern for Eleanor had long been on my ‘to sew’ list. So, one Easter nightie coming right up, along with some Easter pj pants and appliqué top for Harriet – two items, so I’m calling one for February and one for March (in January I made my friend Sami’s little girl some shorts and a top, so I’m claiming that: two items for a child who is not my own equals one item sewn on the scoreboard, yeah?)
I made the Seaside dress with short sleeves, and put elastic in to make a little puff sleeve – this isn’t a part of the pattern, but I just did a little elastic casing and measured Eleanor’s arms to get the length for the elastic. Truth be told I did plan on doing the nightie with long sleeves, but I wasn’t going to have enough fabric (I bought 1.5 metres I believe, probably should’ve gotten 2 metres).
I also added on the ruffle at the hem – which was a big call and a step outside of my comfort zone! That’s also a big part of my resolution – not just to sew more, but to sew more new things or new techniques, things which I wouldn’t normally attempt. The nightie would have been fine as is without the ruffle, but my mum always makes nighties with a ruffle – which ironically enough I always hated as a little girl, now look at me! Apple doesn’t fall far. Except, I really should have listened to Mum’s advice on all things gathers and ruffles when sewing – to mark the half way point, the quarter point and the three-quarter point of the fabric before you start gathering, to ensure you can then attach at regular intervals and your gathers/ruffles look all even and nice. But of course, I didn’t do this, so fiddled around for far longer than I should have pinning on the ruffle piece, and as a result my ruffles aren’t very perfectly placed or even. Always something to learn from and note for next time though, that’s what I love about sewing – I can literally see the progress in my skills with each creation.
Harriet’s pyjama pants I made using the Tadah Flexi shorts pattern – which only has enough length for a 3/4 pant, so I added on about 3 inches (7.5cm) to the 3/4 pattern to get a full length pant (Harriet is in a size 2). They are a bit wide in the leg, but that’s fine for pyjamas I think. They’re super cosy and comfy in the flannelette. The top was a white long sleeved top Harriet already had in her drawers, I just appliquéd a circle of the flannelette onto it with a bunny in the centre, using my trusty vliesofix and a zig zag stitch.
I am so glad I bit the bullet and made these, instead of just thinking about it and putting it in the too hard basket. And yes it was hard, with two constant helpers in my sewing room, sewing these days is hard. It takes a lot of patience and concentration and yielding to the idea that I won’t achieve very much in a large amount of time. Deep breaths… If I want to actually achieve anything it usually means I have to be out in my sewing room late at night whilst the girls sleep, a concerted dedicated effort is needed, but it’s always worth it. Because look! I made the girls Easter pyjamas!
Two Easter chickadees, bouncing on the bed. How good is that?