Some of the items I had cut out for Kids Clothes Week sat languishing on my cutting desk waiting, hoping and praying to be finished and not just ending up in the dreaded 'UFO' bin!
Thankfully, 'Winter is coming!' (I can't help but think of Game of Thrones every time someone says that now tee hee - you will only understand if you are a Game of Thrones fan) and the boys needed new winter jammies. And they were finished just in time! We went from it being a sunny and warm 28 degrees celcius here last Friday, plummeting to 13 degrees Saturday morning with a gusty cool wind and then down to 9 degrees on Sunday morning with a wind chill factor of more like 5!!! That's pretty amazing for where we live just below the Tropic of Capricorn in Sunny Queensland.
The boys were more than happy to be snuggled in their winter pyjamas under two blankets - we are sooooo not used to the cold. However, it is a welcome change after the heat of Summer and given how mild our winter is, no one is complaining.
Let's talk details. I made the pj pants from the Run Jump Hop Skip Pants/Short pattern. I added the front pockets as my boys like putting their hands in pockets, they must get that from me. I just have a belief that everything should have pockets - where else do you put your treasures?? Both were made from stripey flannel I picked up at Spotlight for a song. It washed up really soft so we are all happy.
I made MrT a size 8, he is my big boy in blue, at 128cm (50.5") tall, with a waist of 60cm (23.6") and a hip of 63cm (24.6"). XMan is 114cm (44.9") tall, with a waist of 56cm (22") and a hip of 59cm (23.2"). Not that these are a pre-cut pack but If you look at my size guide when purchasing a pre-cut pack you will see that MrT is not as tall as a Size 8 recommends but that he fits the waist perfectly. XMan is actually taller than the size 4, at 108cm (42.5"), but his waist is the right size and his hips are smaller than the 4. He is actually quite petite, so it is a good size for him, I just turn the hem up once at 1.5cm, rather than doing a second fold of 2.5cm, that covers the fact that he is taller. Always a good idea to try pants on before hemming them - we all come in different leg lengths.
MrT's shirt is my new precut pack pattern which is in its final stages of review!!! So exciting! Makes sense that I would design a top next, I mean every pant/short needs a top! I have named this the Tri-raglan Tee and you will see more of it popping up and some pre-cut packs in the shop as soon as I can blog about it and get some shirts into the shop. I have a heap of ideas for embellishment with this one! It's a basic raglan with a small twist. This one is made with a soft rayon knit in a size 8.
XMan's top is the Recess Raglan by See Kate Sew. I chose this pattern because it is a goodie and because to be honest I was sick of sewing my own design over and over and over for testing purposes. I chose a size 5 in the pattern as my monkey fabric for the body didn't have a lot of stretch, and I'm glad I did it fits well with a bit of room to grow.
We are all happy with how they turned out. I have had friends lining up to take them off our hands when XMan grows out of his. Somehow I think they will be worn out before they are handed down. Both boys loved them so much they wanted to keep them on after the photos (which were taken in our warm weather phase). As we were sitting down to Spaghetti Bolognaise for dinner it was a resounding 'NO! Not tonight boys, when it gets cooler.' I couldn't handle the thought of spaghetti stains on my works of art!!! As it is now that we've had cooler weather and they've been worn a few nights, they have had milo, soggy weetbix and even syrup from pancakes spilt on them and they have recovered well once run through the wash. They are favourites already.
They even participated in MrT's school science experiment - making jelly! I love the safety glasses, MrT's idea, definitely following in his fathers footsteps. I don't know if you can see it but MrT made a rule that whenever the jelly was being stirred everyone else had to be doing a bit of jig. You can see him in the background photos above busting his moves - he had me in hysterics. Love my boys, wish I could freeze them at this age...well, sometimes!