When I was growing up there were always new pajamas under the tree to open on Christmas Eve. It’s a tradition I’d like to carry on, and when I spotted this Moda Hideaway fabric back in January, I immediately envisioned Oliver + S Bedtime Story pajamas for Christmas this year. I prefer my holiday fabric to be more winter-y than Christmas-y, and these snowy little pines on icy blue fit the bill.
I had trouble finding a contrast fabric I liked, and then I remembered seeing these pajamas in the Oliver + S Flickr pool. While I love how this pattern gives you the option to use contrast fabric, I like them in all one fabric, too (especially those Heather Ross horses!) and it gives the pattern a slightly different look. Anyway, that’s how I decided to go the no-contrast route.
For the inside closure I used a snap instead of ties (an idea I found here in the Flickr pool). Where the directions say to sew the tie inside the seam allowance, I used a piece of twill tape and attached one snap to that. The other snap is attached to the end of the neckband.
This is actually my second attempt at Christmas pjs this week. After seeing this pajama post a couple months ago at Sarah Jane Studios, I decided it would be fun to try something new and make classic button-down, collared pajamas. So I bought the New Look pattern she used, and made wood grain piping for the cuffs.
But it wasn’t meant to be. I got as far as the pants (in size 3, the smallest that pattern goes) and it was immediately clear that Lila wouldn’t be wearing them this year…or next year for that matter. They were huge. I should’ve known better than to think she’d fit into a size 3 in a commercial pattern. I looked unsuccessfully for something smaller in that style (I really wanted to use that piping!), but ended up coming back to good old Oliver + S, and I’m glad I did. Honestly, I sometimes wonder why I ever stray…
So anyway, she’s got a second pair of these pajama pants waiting in the wings for when she grows another six inches. I suppose I should make the matching top for when that time comes, but my eyes need a break from those cute little deer for awhile.
To satisfy my need to use that wood grain fabric, I made a tag for the pants:
And appliquéd a t-shirt, which I think will probably get more wear than the kimono top.
You might not think so at first glance, but it’s a great shirt for nursing:
And bottle feeding, too, for that matter.
She loves her baby dolls, this girl…