Saturday, January 9, 2016

Sew What? Monster PJ Bottoms

Yes, this is my knitting blog, but sometimes fleece and sewing seem like a better choice!  I am knitting away on two other projects, but wanted get these Monster PJ Bottoms  in the mail!

Last weekend, my friend was excitedly telling me about some monster pants she knitted for her grand-daughter. There are some great patterns to knit or crochet, and her grand-daughter looks very cute!

But, I'd rather sew this project because this is the reply I received while asking my son for advice: "As his grandma, I think you can make him whatever silly stuff you want. Fleece sounds nice. Could you make him a top to go with it? He could wear them for PJs.  Love you."

Materials and supplies:
2 hours and basic sewing skills (one pair PJ bottoms)
1 yard fleece, and stash fleece for the monster's face (size 2)
pants pattern in the desired size
elastic for waist
thread (matching or contrasting)
sewing machine
I checked the pattern drawer, fleece stash, coupons and sales, and headed up to JoAnns.

I  purchased 1 yard of two coordinating fleece fabrics, and gathered supplies.
My lucky day, the pattern fit on 1 yard.  I modified the pants, front,and bottom hems of the top.
I cut out the pieces.  There was enough fabric for two pair of PJs!
Getting started on one PJ bottom, I stitched the back seam.
With the back seam stitched, I folded the PJ bottoms at the sides to create a more realistic view.
I used a sliver of dry soap to trace around an 8.5"salad plate for the monster's head.
I traced around the 3" jar lid, and cut the eyes.
I cut pupils from the smaller dots of the coordinating fabric.  I also fashioned a mouth and teeth.  I pinned the details to the face, and carried just that to the sewing machine. I stitched, and trimmed the pieces into place.
I set the monster's face onto the back of the PJ bottoms, and saw that I needed to stitch the elastic casing at the waist.  Then I pinned the monster's face in place, and stitched it to the back of the PJ bottoms. 
Sorry, I didn't take photos of sewing the PJ bottoms.  I stitched the inside legs, then slid one leg inside the other to finish sewing the crotch. Next, I finished the elastic casing, and threaded though the elastic. Finally, I hemmed the legs.  
I made the second pair of Monster PJ bottoms.
The next morning, I made the tops.  Once I looked at them, the PJ's were really crazy, but then monsters have poor fashion sense.  I thought waffle knit tops would look much nicer.
A quick trip to the outlet mall Carter's made this fashion minded grandma happy, and the value of the package (JoAnn's fleece sale) more than the postage.  I put the 4 tops and both Monster PJ Bottoms in a medium flat rate box.

  The sun was shining, I walked the package to the post office.

Copyright 2016, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 1/9/16
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