Thursday, January 04, 2007

Christmas Jammies...

Well, I did it. I accomplished the task. I wondered if I would actually complete it, but I did. Despite the busy-ness of the season, despite the last-minute-rush of eBay Christmas listings and client purchases and wrapped for shipment, despite the shopping that needed done, and decorating, etc... Granted, the jammies weren't totally completed until the "second" Christmas Eve we spent as a family, but nonetheless, they turned out darling, and I am quite pleased. I even ventured into new sewing territory by creating ALL felled seams. Now here is the BIG question (attention all sewing gurus): What is the difference between a felled seam and a flat-felled seam? I thought it might be that in this first pattern (Cowboy's) view 1...

... I was told to sew a felled seam - a 5/8" seam by putting the wrong sides together. Then cutting one edge down to about 1/4", folding the wider edge over and under and stitching.


Whereas in Sweet Pea's pattern view 1:


The top buttons to the pants so they stay tucked in.
How vintagey-cute is that!?!!

I was told to sew a flat-felled seam by sewing a 5/8" seam with the right sides together, cutting one edge to about 1/4", then folding and BASTING under the wider edge over the first.... turning it right side out and following the basting line, stitch... then top-stitch along the first seam. (I know, it sounds rather confusing, but it really is quite simple in visual-form.)


When I tried to see if there was a different definition of these two terms, I could find none. Any wisdom from the sewing-wise?

The pattern didn't call for it, but I thought it would be a fun thing to add brown piping (he is a cowboy, afterall), because I thought I HAD some in my endless stash. Two days before Christmas nearing midnight, I discovered I did not. I was NOT about to venture into the mad-Christmas shopping rush at Wal-Mart. Nevermind the icy/snowy roads. So, out of sheer desperation, I decided to make my own piping with what I had on hand. I found some bias tape (got lots of that!) and miracle of all miracles, I happened to have the right size cording. I even got to utilize the cording feet attachments for my Featherweight. And, oh my word, it was SO EEEEEEASY!

I pressed out the bias tape first, then proceeded with the piping...


With the kids pyjamas accomplished, I decided I could quickly come up with the other tradition of making their little playm*tes a matching pyjama set, too.





5 comments:

G.L.H. said...

Hmmm. My Mom always called those "French seams"....

I LOVE making pjs for "friends" as well...tho' the friends' sets usually fit longer than the children's! tee hee

kate said...

Huh. Good question on the seams. I will check my Vogue and BH&G sewing reference books.

How much would I love to play in your sewing room? You have such neat stuff and you do wonderful projects.

Karen said...

Still in awe. Those jammies are works of art and the kids and their little friends are beautiful in them.

babushka mama said...

Darlin'...Quite the tradition of making jammi's for the lil' children and your sis's children. Your other blogger friend was right, they ARE works of art. The vintage fabric makes me jump back to the early 50's. Hopefully this tradition will continue from one mama to the next, although it has been known to skip a generation. When you are old and gray, their memories will live on and hopefully "jammi-making" too!
Babushka

zees5 said...

I didn't realize until this weekend that Singer made a feller foot. I got one in a vintage Fashion Aids box. And guess what I got a Fashion Aids box for my girls today from a guy who pulled all the attachments out of his dumpster!