Saturday, December 22, 2012

Cai's Christmas Jamas 2012: Mini Tutorial

I did not have specific "jama" making plans this Christmas season, but then my 2 year old decided he hated his fleece zippered all in one pajamas. And I mean HATES them.
I mean, I can't say I blame him, but at the same time, they were so easy, and I didn't have to worry that he won't keep his covers on during the night. 

Well, there's this slight new problem that I have....

it's that I sort of work at a really cool fabric store AND I get a pretty nice little discount.

What's a girl to do when she sees such adorable fabrics and notions that must be sewn together?

After my first day, I literally dreamed about this jumbo ric rac.... I MUST HAVE IT! So I went back to work the next day to buy it. I'm not sure how much money I will be actually bringing home... (that was a joke...husband).

 Fabrics all purchased at Creative Sewing Machine Center (where I work):
-Cherry Christmas by Aneela Hoey for Moda (outside fabric)
-Michael Miller Ta Dot Polka dots (lining fabric, this is jersey knit)
-Red Jumbo Ric Rac

So, I made some Christmas "jamas" for Cai.

I sewed two pairs of pants together making the inside lining just 1/4'' smaller in seam allowances since they were jersey and a lining, and then inserting them wrong sides together.
I serged the bottom of the pants together.
I folded the pants up a couple inches at the bottom.
I pinned my jumbo ric rac so that you wouldn't see the serged seams.
If you trim the ends of your ric rac and then run a lighter over them, it seals the edges, just like ribbon. I like to do this so that it won't fray.
Sew your ric rac down, being careful to cover the exposed seams, and tuck your ends under.
I inserted an elastic waist band, by just folding my fabric down 1/4'', then 1 inch and sewing shut.
Add some extra ric rac so you know which way is back. This helps when getting dressed.
And you have some merry Christmas jamas! Ta Da!
Isn't jumbo ric rac amazing? I really love it! For the record, my husband things these pjs are not very manly on Cai. I, however, think they are Christmas pajamas, and Christmas pajamas are supposed to be CrAzY.... right?