achievement unlocked: more pajama pants!

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same pattern, different fabric. i also added about a quarter inch to all the seams from the waist to the upper thigh. this resulted in the pajama pants being a little too big! the next time i make this pattern (& there will definitely be a next time; i have several yards of flannel lying in wait on my sewing table), i’ll just add an eighth of an inch & see where that gets us.

the story behind the photo: i was putting laundry away (which is why there are diapers all over the bed–they’re clean, never fear) & ramona wanted to hang out with me. we wound up doing some stretching together.

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jared took the pictures.

i bought two & a half yards of flannel to make these pants, but the cutting layout in the book still didn’t work for me. i don’t know if that’s because i added fabric to the seams or what. it was lucky that i had to cut five & a half inches off the hems because that was the only way i could get all the pattern pieces to fit. & even so, i had to do a much narrower hem on these than i did with my last ones.

i also had a lot of problems with my safety pin popping open while i was feeding the elastic through the waistband casing. that sucked because i hate feeding elastic. it’s murder on my hands. so i kept getting halfway done & then the pin would open & i’d have to pull the whole thing out & start over. ugh. but i guess it’s worth it for snuggly jammies.

i told jared that i think these pajama pants turned out even better than my first pair & he laughed. i asked what was so funny & he said, “i just imagine that you’re going to make a new pair of pajama pants everyday until you achieve the platonic ideal of pajama pants.” is that such a terrible idea?

i’ve been on a real sewing jag this week. i’ve already made some other stuff that i will blog about once i get photos. (maybe actually outside in decent light this time! i don’t really care about having high-quality bloggie award photos, but there’s also probably a limit to how many people have been dying to see photos of me lolling around in a pile of laundry with my toddler in a dimly-lit room.) all the sewing i’ve been doing is jacking up my neck & shoulders, so i think i’m going to take a break over the weekend. & think seriously about somehow procuring a real sewing table that is an appropriate height for my needs. i have enough chronic pain without a crappy folding table making things worse.

i also still have a dress i’ve never blogged. or worn. i think it’s my first real sewing fail. it’s wearable. i just don’t like it. so look forward to my eventual post exploring what went wrong there.

on the topic of bloggie award-level blogging, i sometimes get emails from companies/organizations that want me to do sponsored posts. but they’re never from, say, a fabric shop wanting to give me free fabric to sew something awesome. once it was some company that wanted me to blog about how water aerobics is a super-great low-impact work-out for the elderly. most recently, i got something from an organization wanting me to blog about the importance of properly disposing of unused medication. so apparently i really have the AARP demographic eating out of the palm of my hand. all you oldsters should really invest in a water aerobics class & make sure you take your unused medications to one of the organizations in your town that will help you dispose of them properly.

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seriously, water aerobics is great. even if ross gellar isn’t in your class. (this is a real piece of art that i own & hang in my home.)

anyway, the weekend is upon us & we have no idea what to do with ourselves besides take ramona to the library in the hopes that she will give us a break from constantly reading “cats’ night out” to her twenty times in a row. the library has a table with trains & duplo that can keep her occupied for long stretches sometimes. we went to the library last weekend & she fell off a chair & landed on her face. she still has a giant green bruise on her forehead from it. the worst part is that i was sitting right next to her, & even looking at her, when it happened, & i still didn’t manage to catch her before she hit the floor. i don’t even know how that happened.

here she is modeling some dish gloves. she looks kind of sad about it, but she put them on herself.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. hoperoth says:

    Those stretching pictures are super cute!

    1. ciara says:

      thanks! ramona is definitely into copying us, which makes for a lot of cute pictures.

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