I am more than a little excited about Jude's newest pajama pants. First, I am thrilled because I have found my new favorite pj pattern, the Fancy Pants Legging by Titchy Threads. And second, I am over the moon (pardon the pun) for this diy galaxy print.
Okay, a little more about the pattern. Laura of Craftstorming has really outdone herself. If you want to get better at sewing knits, this is a wonderful place to start. The instructions are fabulously clear and thorough. My favorite feature is all of the options you get: you can have an elastic free waist, cuff or not, shorts, and the bum panel means lots of cute ways to play with fabric. And of course, for me a pattern for knits means an excuse to upcycle old t-shirts. As always in my sewing room, this was sewn on the most basic of machines, so don't let not having a serger stop you from trying these fab fancy pants.
I made the size 4T for Jude, and because my fabric had very little stretch, I went with 1/4" seam allowances. They are a bit snug in the calves, but again, that's just because I used a t-shirt that didn't have much stretch. Otherwise, the fit is spot on. Plus, the pattern comes with a great variety of sizes, from 0-3 months to 4T, if you've got a baby to sew for, you'll be set for years!
Now, let me tell you how easy it was to make this galaxy print: too easy. As in, "you will likely see much more of it around here soon" easy. First, I cut my pattern pieces from two (prewashed) navy t-shirts that I had in my stash (don't throw out those business promo tees). Then I laid them out on a garbage bag outside and sprayed them with undiluted bleach. My spray technique was simply to test on a piece of dark paper and then go to town: here and there, a few close, a few sprayed from further away. Once that dried, I dipped an old tooth brush in watered down metallic (acrylic) paint and gave it a little sparkle by running my finger over the bristles, which sprayed the paint in a starry fashion.
Want proof Jude and I love this pattern? How about a few too many pictures?
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I'm the last stop on this fun blog tour. Be sure to check out what these fabulous bloggers have made:
20th - Abby from Things for Boys
21st - Rachael from Imagine Gnats
22nd - Celina from Petit à Petit and Family
23rd - Jane from Buzzmills
24th - Heather from Feather's Flight
27th - Stacey from Boy, oh Boy, oh Boy
28th - Gail from Probably Actually
29th - Jenny from The Southern Institute
30th - Ros from Sew Delicious
31st - Carla from Small + Friendly
Full disclosure: I was given a copy of this pattern for review. As always, all opinions are my own.