This story begins with Pinterest. Oh Pinterest - how I love all your inspirational ideas (and the time sucking you cause too). After all, because of Pinterest I decided I could attempt making my own curtains - which I conquered after years of a sewing machine phobia caused by my freshman year of Home Ec class which was my only C ever in High School.
One day while on Pinterest, I saw a tutorial for Christmas Pajama Pants. I had seen several Tweets and Facebook statuses about yearly traditions of making pajama bottoms for the fam and so I decided that this would be fun to attempt. I usually do get the boys matching Christmas jammies anyway. So I headed to the fabric store with the boys in tow to pick out their own fabric.
They both decided to get the same print - Christmas candy! What kid doesn't enjoy candy?
We headed home and I got started right away. Everything was going so smoothly until I started sewing the waist together, I realized that I had made a mistake. I cut the waists to small - forgetting that the template pair of bottoms I was using were elastic. I didn't take that into consideration so when it was time to sew in the elastic, there was no extra fabric to gather, the waists were the exact size of Evan's waist. As you can see I don't know the technical terms of sewing, hopefully you are following along! If not, see pics below and you will get it. But I decided to go ahead and finish since there was nothing I could do, the fabric was already cut.
So hoping my mistake wouldn't be that big of a deal, I enthusiastically asked Evan to try on his new pajama pants. He was sooooo excited.
"Thank you, Mom! I love them." Evan exclaimed as I showed him the final product.
He went to put them on, and just as I suspected, the waist was too small. He grunted and groaned as he struggled to get them past his hips. He managed to get them on and declared, "These ARE AWESOME!"
Gotta love the innocence of a child.
My son, besides him being white and 40 years too late, looked like he should be part of the Jackson Five:
Needless to say, the boys wore them and loved them, but i just couldn't handle having them wear pajama bottoms that they had to grunt and groan to get themselves in them and then head out to the Disco after Jeremy and I went to bed!
So off to the fabric store I went, and of course they were sold out of the candy print. So I opted for a Rudolph print that I thought was cute. They did not agree, after I got home and showed them.
But I went ahead and made them their "new" and "improved" Christmas pajama pants. I waited several days to show them their new pajama pants in hopes that they forgot about not liking the new print. Thankfully they fit perfectly - with some extra wiggle room - and not perfect for going to the disco. And they did forgot that the print was not approved orginally.
I think I should go back to my high school Home Ec Teacher and try to get that grade reversed! And I do think, I have started a new tradition! These were fun and super easy to make (the second time around ;-))! And my kids kinda think I'm cool for making them their very own pants! Now off to make their cousins matching ones for Christmas Eve. Nothing like 4 super cute cousins all wearing matching Christmas Disco pants pajamas.
*This post is linked up to Momminitup's Pin for the Wednesdays*