Every year my mom buys a whole bunch of flannel.
By a whole bunch, I mean that she buys several bolts of flannel, as in, she could start a store with the bolts of flannel she has in Rubbermaid tubs upstairs. It is awesome.
For Christmas, my sisters and sister-in-laws and I are invited over for pajama day. We cut out pajamas and sometimes get them sewn up as well. Mom does crafts and reads stories with the grandkids while we have a great time chopping up those yards and yards of flannel.
This year, I got all the girls’ Christmas pajamas cut out, but not sewn. Those almost pajamas languished in a pile for more than 2 months.
Then last Friday afternoon the snow began falling. It continued to fall all night and all the next morning. Saturday morning I fixed breakfast (funnel cakes) and cleaned up the kitchen. Then it was time to fix lunch (hash browns scrambled eggs, and country gravy–I was in a breakfast mood still). After lunch I took a nap (pregnant ladies get to do that sometimes. ) When I woke up the snow was still falling.
So I got out my sewing machine. I popped my 6 hour A&E Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle) in the DVD player. I pulled out that stack of Christmas pajamas and got busy. By the time Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett were married and kissing the bride, I had finished four flannel pants, one fleece pants and matching fleece hoodie, and one nightgown.
I still had one nightgown left, so I put I my Focus Films version of Pride and Prejudice (Kiera Knightly and Matthew McFaydden). That was a mistake. While I can sometime watch this version and get enjoyment from it (sometimes I need a P&P fix and I don’t have 6 hours), Kiera just can’t hold up in a back to back comparison. The timing of every line is off and the whole thing is over acted.
I just put my head down and finished that last nightgown.
Finishing that big project was so satisfying, that I got sewing fever. Church was canceled on Sunday because of bad road conditions and I had to fight the siren song of my sewing machine all day long. But I triumphed over that temptation and my machine had its day of rest.
Then today, I whipped the cover back off and sewed again. Tamale Pie and Pumpkin Pie each have an 18″ doll that they got for Christmas three years ago. (They aren’t American Girl Dolls, they are a Target knock-off version.)
Well the dream of these two girls hearts has been to have matching pajamas with their dolls. I saved the scraps from cutting out their nightgowns and Voila! Today their wildest dreams came true!!
I was a little worried when I got out the pattern pieces. These doll clothes always take more fabric than I think they should.
If you look closely, you can see that I quilted the yoke on this nightgown. I used the AG pattern for Kristen’s nightgown, which you can download here. I just left the cuffs off the sleeves and turned the neck piece under so the nightgown would be the same as Tamale Pie’s.
Pumpkin Pie is happy too. Hooray for being twiners with your doll!
One good thing about these dolls is that they make thinking up Christmas presents easy. What shall I get for the girls for Christmas? Doll clothes & accessories!!
Last Christmas, I made this beautiful red wool coat from an old wool blazer and a little girl’s plaid wool shirt. Isn’t it gorgoeus?!! I had so much fun sewing it.
I enbroidered the button holes by hand because they were so small that I was afraid my machine would just bung them up. The covered buttons came right from the shirt.
Sewing doll clothes is so much more fun now than it was when I was a girl, because the clothes look good and fit the doll when I am done!! This apron dress was made from scraps left over from a dress I made Tamale Pie. It isn’t as close a match in style as the nightgown, but it’s not too bad. That tiny ric rac around the apron was murderous to sew.
I didn’t have another thrifted wool piece to make PumpkinPie’s doll coat, so hers is made from fleece. It worked well enough and is pretty, but it isn’t luminous the way the wool is. Yes, I made the tam-o-shanter and muff, too.
This dress does not correspond to any of PumpkinPie’s wardrobe. It is just purple, which was her favorite color for a long time. Also, the flowers were a good scale for a doll dress. The coats and this purple dress came from Addy’s Pretty Clothes patterns. The tam and muff are Samantha’s. In my opinion, Addy and Josephine have the prettiest dresses.
So much fun!! I want to make more!!