Friday, October 19, 2007

Sew Crafty Friday

Here are some little pajamas (size 12 months) I am making. The white things hanging from the shoulders are the elastic for the ankles. I've never made footsie PJs before and am finding the feet very, very frustrating. See, the instructions say to sew a casing around the ankle seam for the elastic. Except...they say to do this after the bottom of the foot is sewn on. So...how do you get at the ankle? I thought to put the leg on the machine from the top down...but the sewing machine arm is too wide and I can't get the leg on that way.
I asked the friend who gave me the pattern, and she said she opened out the back seam of the foot and sewed the elastic directly onto the ankle without a casing. But just opening that part still doesn't leave me enough room to work. If I take the foot off and do it that way, then the bottom of the leg is too wide. I just can't figure it out.
Too bad my friend lives in Pennsylvania or I'd have her show me. One Christmas, she made roughly 25 sets of red jammies as Christmas presents for all the kids in her church. It was amazing. Her two boys and her husband helped, too!
Please visit Shereen at Waiting for Him for more crafty deliciousness.
PS...I actually cut the feet of the lavendar PJs I was making, the casing/elastic was so messed up. But I figure a baby can wear it over lighter PJs...like a blanket she can't throw off.

9 comments:

Ginny said...

Your Jammies are so cute. I had the same trouble years ago. I finally gave up, put elastic at the ankle, and let them sleep in some socks underneath. LOL Great job, just the same.

Debbie J. said...

Those jammies are very cute. I would like to make some of those! Maybe you can figure out the foot part before I try them though and let me know how to do it!!!

Mom2fur said...

Socks seem like a great solution to me, Ginny! Debbie, if I figure those danged feet out, I'll lyk!

Anonymous said...

Great job! Those are difficult instructions about the foot. I used to have pjs like that which I loved, but my mom always cut the feet off because I was tall! =)
Blessings,
Laurie...who thanks you for stopping by my blog!

Ginny said...

Tried to find a way to message you, but couldn't. You can probably delete these comment afterward. I am a craft pattern junkie and have clipped and saved the scarecrow and many more patterns in notebooks. I tried to find it at the FC website, but couldn't. If you'd like the directions just e-mail me from my blog and I'd be happy to scan and send them to you. Ginny

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said...

Those are so cute and look so warm.


http://laurawilliamsmusings.blogspot.com/2007/10/sew-crafty-friday-lengthening-little.html

Carrie J said...

Just wanted to say Hi and thanks for the comment on my blog. I love the PJs. We always cut the feet off ours too because of height and the fact that their feet always got hot and they would take them out. They would get up with the pajamas unzipped, feet out just attachted at the arms. It was a funny sight!

Mom2fur said...

Hi, Ginny! I hope you see this. Couldn't figure out where I read your blog. If you do, thanks for the offer, but I'll pass. I'm over-run with holiday decorations. In two years, we'll be moving to a much smaller house (retiring) and I'm going to have to get rid of things!

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Cute PJs. I want to make PJs for Christmas this year. Or at least the pants and maybe give them with t-shirts to match. We'll see.