The second time around is always, always easier.
This weekend I finished Liam's Oliver & S Bedtime Story pajamas. The kids crack me up, because I worked on these right in front of them, but they're so used to seeing me sew all the time that they barely register what I'm doing. Liam asked like once what I was making with that Cat in the Hat flannel (which he l.o.v.e.s. - got it from Fat Quarter Shop!), but his only guess was a stocking. A really, really big stocking....? Right. When they were playing outside, I raced through the finishing steps that would have surely given the pajamas away.
Anyhoo, I'm pretty jazzed with how the Punctuation Tutor Stripe trim gives them a very masculine, kind of handsome vibe. Cause Cat in the Hat is so grown-up, ya know? Wink.
I opted for button closure for Liam, who at almost-5 isn't quite proficient at ties. He could knot them up like anything, mind you, but the untying... That would be my job. I hope the buttons won't be uncomfortable. Oh, and I ended up making his PJ's in size 4 and Aria's in size 6. So with both kids I chose a full size smaller than their age. Can't wait to discover on Christmas Eve how they fit! I'll be sure to snap a picture then.
Speaking of pictures, I humbly agree that I was seriously amiss to let pass my chance to photograph miss kitty Susan in her new coat of knitted glory. I will be on the lookout to make amends. In the meantime, please note Susan lounging in her little cradle, complete with fuzzy friends, pillow, blanket... the whole works. Yes, it is nap time for miss Susan while Aria works on her first ticker tape quilt. She saw mommy basting a quilt on the floor with masking tape and got the idea to tape down her quilt top in progress. Nice.
I'm adding some Sweetwater binding to my Meet the Gang quilt this week. If you recall it is a Christmas-y quilt, so we're just in the nick of time with that one! Perhaps this newsprint-esque fabric is a little odd, definitely unexpected binding choice? I've received some puzzled looks from my clan.
Ah well, the binding cake is in my eyes so lovely to behold. Don't you love the crisp, cut edges of a finished, quilted top and the promise of rolled binding? Yum!
Merry, merry sewing to all!