Comfy Christmas PJ Pants

My favorite ever pair of pajama pants are some jersey knit ones with Santas all over them, purchased at Old Navy years ago. So many years ago that I don’t even remember when I bought them. They are so soft and comfortable, I pretty much wear them around the house all year long in spite of the seasonal fabric.

We stocked some cute Christmas knit fabrics from Riley Blake at the shop and Sarah suggested making a pair of knit PJ pants with them. Both of them. It seemed a little wild but I figured, “why not?”

They turned out so cute! I used an Indygo Junction pattern but I think they’d work for any pattern with a single pants leg. Or even a two-piece pants leg.


I made a couple of modifications. I cut a 4″ piece of each fabric the same width as the bottom of the pants leg, sewed the short ends together, then folded in half wrong sides together and sewed it to the bottom of each leg. This made the pants just  tad longer and added an extra bit of fun.

Also, I was out of 3/4″ elastic so I used some 1″ wide boxer elastic I had on hand instead. I don’t normally serge the elastic to the fabric but I did for these just because.

Miss L loves them and was bummed when I told her they were going to the shop to hang as a sample. Fortunately I made them a little big so that they’ll still fit next year — not that I care if she wears them the rest of the year.

Sweet Goodbyes

I come by my craft addiction via my mother, who tried anything and everything under the sun. Back in the day (and by “the day” I mean the 1980s), she even experimented with molding chocolates and shared some of her supplies and expertise with me. OK, maybe “shared” isn’t quite the right word. More like “I snuck into her supplies and used them when she wasn’t home.”

Thanks to Bakerella, I’ve been making regular trips to the Cake Art Party Store. It is ridiculously close to my house. Maybe dangerously close, especially since I can never walk out of there with less than a dozen things. (Again glad that Honey does not read my blog!)

I stopped in this week to pick up something and stumbled upon the cutest chocolate sewing mold. Knew immediately it would be an awesome gift for my friend Clare, whose last day at the quilt shop was today. So, in spite of the fact that I had zero time to do it and a lack of supplies, I decided to make her an edible sewing box.

The results would have been a great deal better had I taken my time and used the right supplies. A small brush is really necessary to paint the mold with the colored chocolate, especially those tiny thread spools. I didn’t think it was too bad, given that the last time I played with chocolate was when I was a teenager (and, no, we are not going to talk about how long ago that was).

I took it to Clare at the shop today and totally blew her away. “It’s too cute to eat!” she said. And then popped a tiny spool of thread in her mouth. (Yes, it tastes as good as it looks!)

That’s the kind of goodbye I can handle. The sweet kind.

Class Update

I don’t know when I’ve been as excited about the classes I’m set to teach as I am right now. The next couple of months are going to be busy but so much fun!

  • I’m back for another round of summer camp with the Fashionista Sewing Camp for kids. We’ll sew wearable items, accessories and even delve into  screenprinting. (Yep, I’m dragging the Yudu to the shop for camp!) FSC is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 7-11. Register.
  • Don’t you wish you could go to sewing summer camp? This year you can! I’m leading a week-long Sewing Camp for You. There’s a different project planned for each day. Come one day or all five — it’s up to you. June 21-25. Register.
  • We’re trying something different with the next session of Learn Your Machine/Sewing 101 and offering it during the week instead of on the weekend. The class meets twice from 10 a.m.-12:30 -p.m. April 27 & May 4. Register.
  • What happens when you combine a cool new book with a quilt-block-of-the-month class? The new One-Yard Wonders Sewing Club! Instead of sewing a quilt block every month, we’ll sew one project from One-Yard Wonders every month. Don’t just let your copy sit on the shelf unused! We’re meeting the fourth Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. starting May 22. The book is required to take part in the club and the class fee includes one yard of fabric each month for a year. Register.

Oh, Baby!

I have just gone crazy for the beautiful voile prints by Anna Maria Horner. The hand is just amazing and I’ve loved everything I’ve made with them.

My friends Sarah and Clare came up with the sweetest baby blanket to use as a shop sample and I *had* to copy it. Lucky for me that I have a bunch of preggo friends right now!

The blanket uses such a small amount of fabric and sews together so quickly. It’s backed with flannel, so there’s no quilting or binding involved, which just adds to the ease factor.

I’ve picked up some extra yardage of the block print just so I’ll be sure to have it for future baby gifts. Or maybe just because I like to stroke it against my cheek. (Don’t judge me — try it yourself and see if you don’t do the same.)

I’ve written up the instructions for recreating the blanket. It should be up on the shop blog any minute now but I’m also happy to email you the PDF. Just drop me a line! (flourishes at g mail dot com)

It’s a Mish Mash

Sarah, Taffy, Patty and I had a blast picking out fabric at the Alexander Henry booth when we were at Market last October. When these great bird prints arrived at the shop last week, Sarah called to let me know and I immediately started thinking of something fun to make with them.

I loved the Pink Fig Mish Mash Skirt pattern because it provided the opportunity to use all the fabrics — and more — in one fun and funky piece. While the pattern calls for 10-15 fabrics cut to 5/8 yard, Sarah and I figured out that I could get away with fat quarters instead (although we did opt for a 1/6 yard cut of fabric for the waistband). When the pattern called for a longer cut of fabric, I just divided up the fabric and sewed up the pieces to make the longer strips (this was needed for only two fabrics, BTW and pretty much used up each of those FQs).

In addition to the great AH fabrics, we mixed in some solids, a few Kaffe Fasset prints, a little Henry Glass (Bubblegum Basics), some Robert Kaufman and a touch of Lecien Mini Miu. The underskirt is Erin McMorris’s most recent line with some tulle I had on hand.

I did find the cutting and measuring a little intimidating but I just sketched out the skirt layout and planned each piece before I started cutting. I think that really helped me make sure I didn’t have fabrics of the same color or print next to each other, as well as plan the pieces so I didn’t run out of anything unexpectedly.

I neglected to double check each measurement before I cut so I did end up with some pieces that were shorter than others. After I pieced all the non-gathered strips together, I just evened up the bottom. It really was no more than 1/2″ and obviously is still plenty long.

If I had to do it again, I think I would adjust the gathered strips so they are not gathered within 1/2 inch of the top and bottom. I think this would help the rolled hem look a little neater, as well as help with the sort of balloon-y look of the gathered strips where they meet the waistband.

The instructions called for a lot more embellishing and topstitching than I did, and I think I’ll give those a whirl the next time I make this skirt. I think I’d really love to make it with a less diverse color palette for some variation. And I’m eager to try out the embellished tee the next time, too.

For reference, this skirt is a 5T and plenty long to get worn for a couple or three years. Liesl is a skinny size 5 (and only about 42 1/2 inches tall). I made it as a shop sample and didn’t mind it being a little big, since it may be a while before we get it back.

Tomorrow: The Sew Liberated Flora Tunic & Twirl Skirt!

More Blog Fun

Intown Quilters, my friend Sarah’s store and where I teach classes, now has a blog! I’ll be occasionally contributing over there (because I just can’t get enough blogging fun), as will Sarah and a couple of other folks.

One of them — my beautiful friend Taffy — is blogging this week about a fun Dolly Dresses blog project she and some other folks did with Lakehouse Fabrics. I’m eagerly waiting for tomorrow so I can read all about it and see what Taffy and everyone else has been up to.

The shop just got in a bunch of new fabrics and to kick off the new blog, Sarah’s doing a giveaway for some fat quarters, so be sure to check it out and see if you can win some goodies.

An Evening With Kaffe

I’m racing towards a ginormous deadline but this was too cool to miss sharing with all of you.

Intown Quilters in Decatur, Ga., is hosting Kaffe Fassett this fall and tickets are now on sale for an Evening With Kaffe Fassett. It will be 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, at the Frazer Center (Atrium Room). Tickets are only $20 and desserts will be served. Call Intown Quilters (404-634-6924) or stop by the shop to reserve your spot.  (You also can buy online here.)

See you there!

Camp Goodies

Can I brag on my campers one more time? They were such awesome girls and I had so much fun with them last week. They also were amazingly prolific during the course of camp. Clothes, bags, quilt blocks. You name it, I threw it at them and they knocked it out. Out of the park, even! LOL!

Friday was our last day and they came in that morning and whipped up their fourth A-line skirt before tackling the big final project: crazy log cabin blocks. Because I only had two girls in the camp, I could let them work on different projects so one girl chose to make a little bag and the other a pillow.

They used 7″x7″ pieces of muslin for the blocks and I had them foundation piece their log cabins. Why? Well, I think it’s easier to keep the shape — especially when using different sizes of strips — if there’s a little something to help guide the block formation.

The girls kept me busy cutting strips. One decided to use only the fabrics she’d sewn with all week for her blocks while the other was willing to dip into my stash for hers. Of course, she also wanted to use her favorite fabric — Paula‘s Par Avion from Flights of Fancy — for the centers of all her blocks, so I spent some extra time fussy cutting them.

I could not be more proud of their finished projects and they were so happy with them, too. And they promised me they were going to wear and use everything they made (in fact that’s why one pair of PJ pants is missing – they were worn the night before at a sleepover!). Also missing from the photos are the gifts they made their moms as a thank-you for enrolling them in summer camp: another wristlet and a tote-style purse with pre-made handles (which I hear were much appreciated).

Pssst! Live in Atlanta? I’ve got a second week of sewing summer camp in August.