Saturday, January 22, 2011

Horsing Around


We are a jammy loving family. If you were to pop in one evening or weekend afternoon, it's likely we'd all be in pajamas. I love coming home from work and trading my tailored work attire for the comfort of a knit fabric and an elastic waist. PJs are just so comfy and warm - we just love 'em. Well, except for my daughter - to be honest she would prefer to be completely naked all the time - so it is more accurate to say that she settles for PJs.

However, for the last few weeks she has been choosing pajamas. I'm sure it's partially due to the chill in the air (our high today is supposed to be about -20 {about -28 C} so the house is only about 66 {about 18 C}) but it's also partially due to the pajamas. My horse-loving girl loves her "horsey jammies."

I try to make the kids pajamas each year for Christmas. Last fall I found a cute horse print flannel at Joann's, but somehow I never got around to making them. This year I got busy and made sure they were finished before Christmas. The pants are Butterick 5565 - a super easy pattern since each leg is only one piece, and the shirts are just a purchased t-shirt with raw-edge applique of the horses from the flannel.

This was my first time using flannel for raw-edge applique and I discovered something important. The flannel I used frayed much more than the calico I've always used in the past. In some spots it frayed so much I had to go back and restitch the horses because the flannel frayed right through the stitching line. If I ever use flannel for this again, I won't clip as close to the seams. Despite the repair, they're still cute and the kids love them. I've got enough fabric left, I might get a pair too!

8 comments:

lisawith4 said...

cute cute jammies!
I'm so glad you stopped by and left a message for me.
when I moved, I didn't get all my blogroll switched over. I'm not on there as much anymore. Decided to reprioritize a bit.
I bet you guys are super cold up there! We have had the rains and flooding of the Pacific Northwest. But this weekend is supposed to be decent weather. Praying for that!

kate said...

So cute!

My son is also a pj kid, although usually that is just pj shorts.
I have a pair of fleece pj pants that I never wear to bed, but love to wear around the house in the evenings.

denice@inkstitch said...

"...she would prefer to be completely naked all the time - so it is more accurate to say that she settles for PJs." LOL - I have one of those! (Cute jammies!)

Brenda said...

My horse loving Ruby would love these. Very cute.

Christy said...

Heck, with a high of -20*, I don't think you could get me out of bed, let alone out of my jammies!

Glad you're staying warm. :)

stitching under oaks said...

I'm with christy...pull up the covers and stay in bed! Love the jammies...so cute and cozy!

Whosies said...

love the jammies and the snuggle yumminess they give!!
try doing a quick applique. cut out the horse + 1/4" extra. Lay on whatever kind of fabric. sew all the way around. trim, and snip a hole only on the whatever fabric and turn right sides out. then applique on the shirt. a bit thicker, but no raw edges to have horses that excape in the wash!

Whosies said...

love the jammies and the snuggle yumminess they give!!
try doing a quick applique. cut out the horse + 1/4" extra. Lay on whatever kind of fabric. sew all the way around. trim, and snip a hole only on the whatever fabric and turn right sides out. then applique on the shirt. a bit thicker, but no raw edges to have horses that excape in the wash!