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The Long And The Short Of It

The word from the neighbor is that the little neighbor girl just loves her pajamas and won’t wear any other ones. I knew when I gave them to her that the summer season was ending and soon she would need warmer pajamas for the cooler nights ahead. With that in mind I decided she needed some more pajamas to wear. I knew I had some baby blue flannel back satin scraps, that my Mom had given me ages ago and were hidden in the stash, and that it would be just perfect for new pajamas.

With the fabric found in the stash, I had to decide on the design of the pajamas next. It was a quick decision. I wanted to make just a button down the front shirt and pair of long pants, a very simple but classic design. Because I was working with scraps, I did not reach for the See & Sew 5306 pattern but instead turned to my Kwik-Sew books.

I was disappointed with the pattern for the shirt that they had to offer though. The pattern was just the t-shirt cut down the center front with a little added to each side and a collar. I wanted something more with larger facings and where to place the buttons. So next I dug through my pattern box, but I came up empty handed. Did I not have a size 3 pattern for a button down the front shirt? I finally found one, but when I laid the pattern on the cutting table, it was huge! After just making the See & Sew 5306  pattern in a size 3 and having it fit the neighbor girl ok, I knew right away that this pattern was not going to fit. So I went back to the Kwik-Sew pattern and improvised the facings and buttonhole placements.

It did not take long into the sewing process to see that the shirt was coming out very short, much shorter than I would have liked it to be. I debated about adding an extra band to the bottom of the shirt or a ruffle since it was for a girl to make it slightly longer. I finally decided just to give the shirt a very tiny hem and make a note on the pattern to cut the shirt longer the next time I used it. It is not my favorite look for a hem, but it worked out ok.

I then used the Kwik-Sew pattern size 3 for the pants. I decided to use two pieces of 3/8 inch sized elastic instead of a 3/4 inch piece in the waist band like I did for her last pajamas. The two pieces of smaller elastic just adds a more feminine touch to the pants. When it came to hemming the pants, they looked so long to me that I just could not do the 1 inch hem the pattern called for. I just knew they were going to be too long if I did. So I set the pants aside until I had time to ask the neighbor to measure the length from the waist to the hem on a pair of pants that currently fit the neighbor girl.

And I am glad that I waited. Now with knowing this measurement, I cut 1 & 1/2 inches off the hem before giving the pants a healthy 1 inch hem. I made a note of this on the pattern too even though I know that every little kid is going to be a different size. But just in case I am sewing for the neighbor girl again, I know how long to make her pants for now.

Next was the embroidery. Picking a embroidery design was easy. I knew the minute I pulled the baby blue statin from the stash that I would be stitching the baby seals on these pajamas. They are so cute on the blue and look as soft and cuddly as the satin fabric is.

Now I am very excited to give these pajamas to the little neighbor girl. I believe I have the fit very close to her size and she should be able to wear them right away.

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Christmas time around the world and for the different religious beliefs means lots of different things to lots of different people. But in my experience, everyone does similar things around the holiday’s no matter where you live or what you believe.

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It usually involves traveling somewhere to spend time with friends, family and loved ones. Church, School and Work Holiday celebrations and parties. Enjoying all of the yummy foods and treats that seem to be everywhere you look this time of year. Looking at all the pretty lights and decorations. Trying to figure out that perfect gift for that perfect someone.

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I’m normally very busy at work during the holiday season so I don’t have a lot of time for Christmas sewing or crafts but I do what I can, when I can.

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For past Christmas seasons I have made new Holiday Table Runners, Tablecloths, Place mats and Napkins for the big family Christmas dinner at my house. One year I made a bunch of Toll Painted Snowmen as party gifts for one of our Christmas Parties. And other years I have made a new Christmas Shirt or Sweater to wear around the Holidays. One year I even made a festive Holiday Apron, so that I could wear it while I was making the several hundred Frosted Sugar Cookies I make every year to give away.

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This year I enjoyed making a few fun creations from the Christmas Things to Stitch and Sew book and it was also fun to follow along on Nancy Zieman’s 12 days of Christmas Blog Posts.

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What fun Christmas sewing and crafts did you get done this year? Share your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear about it!

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Wishing you all a Happy and Joyous Holiday Season and Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward Men and Women!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I know that a lot of my readers are not in the United States of America, but for those that are,

I hope you all have a blessed, bountiful, wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Magic BY ROWENA BASTIN BENNETT Thanksgiving Day I like to see Our cook perform her witchery. She turns a pumpkin into pie As easily as you or I Can wave a hand or wink an eye. She takes leftover bread and muffin And changes them to turkey stuffin’. She changes cranberries to sauce And meats to stews and stews to broths; And when she mixes gingerbread It turns into a man instead With frosting collar ’round his throat And raisin buttons down his coat. Oh, some like magic made by wands,    And some read magic out of books, And some like fairy spells and charms    But I like magic made by cooks!

Where did the summer go?

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Well Spring has long since sprung a leak and sank, and Summer has come and gone so fast I’m not even sure if it was really here at all. And now it’s time to settle into Autumn and Fall and very shortly Winter.

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And with that I am working on several new projects to blog about into the fall and winter. Here are a few highlights of what is coming up.

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I’ve started to make the yearly Halloween costumes and they are turning out great this year. Luckily my husband always has several ideas about what to be for several years into the future and I wrote a list down of his ideas a few years back so I don’t have to worry what to make, just what I want to make the next year.

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The husband wasn’t super excited about me creating a template for the Halloween costumes out of paper, but I find it is the easiest way to do it.

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The husband also wanted a new shirt for Halloween this year too so I’ve been working on that as well. While I was at it I made myself a few new work shirts and a few shirts just for fun too.

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I also have been making some cold weather kids clothes. But stay tuned for all that and more in the coming weeks.

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Here are some photos with some fun things I did over the summer, plus a few just for laughs…

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