I’m all finished up with Christmas sewing (Yay, back to working on a new pair of jeans for me!). Nothing too exciting but some much needed warm pjs for both boys.
First up is a top to some robot pajama bottoms I made a while ago. I had mistakenly not bought enough to make a top and a bottom, so I braved the crowds and showed up to JoAnn on Black Friday to get my extra yard that I needed plus this Butterick pattern for my robot-loving Noah. I dodged people going in the door and the herding route that JoAnn employees had set up and instead took my own way to get to the flannel (how could I ignore $1.49/yd?). I literally just picked up the bolt of robots when some lady said, “I wanted that robot fabric that she just got.” Sorry lady. Normally I’m not crazy and competitive like that, but Noah really really loves robots and I had been planning that strategy all week. I only took a yard too, so she could have gotten it later. I was so efficient in my strategy that I didn’t have to wait in line at the cut table (I did get more flannel too). 2 minutes later and I would have been waiting for an hour. The nutty things we do for our kids.
The top was easy enough to put together–it got sewn up in a naptime, which is quick for me with the first round of a pattern, especially one with buttonholes and what not. My only advice is to cut down the seam allowances to 1/4″ or 3/8″–5/8″ is way too much on such a tiny collar.
Then I pulled out some fleece I got on a fabric.com sale to make some warm gear for the kids. A pair of pants each and a sweatshirt for Noah that I embellished with some seed beads and appliqued snowman. I’ve never sewn with fleece before, and it was an interesting experience to say the least.
I can see why people gravitate towards fleece. It is easy to sew in one sense–the seams don’t need to be finished and it seams pretty easily. That being said I will not become one of the cranky crazies that show up to JoAnn on sale days to buy their still expensive fleece and treat the employees really badly if they can’t get 100% of what they want when they want it (though they clog up the cut table and registers buying 2 or 3 cartloads). This stuff does not press at all and it feels just kind of gross. It also takes up a lot of real estate in the sewing room. I used every last bit of yardage in 1.5 yds to make two pairs of pants and a sweatshirt, and I still have a lot of fluffy scraps that I’m pretty sure take up the same amount of space that the original piece did. If it not for the fact that the boys really do need warm clothes, I would not have caved to buy it. They probably won’t be bothered by it, but I also hate how fleece in all of its synthenticity makes you warm to the point of sweating, and then traps in all of that sweat–so you’re warm, but clammy and cold and hot. The one piece of fleecewear that I owned I lent to my Costa Rican roommate in college. In her extreme need for warmth due to her tropical blood, she would go out running in full sweats though it would be like 60 degrees and 100% humidity in the beauty of Houston “cool” mornings. I lent her that purple pullover (which frankly looked better on her), and never saw it again. I didn’t ask her about it because I was not sad to see it go. Given how well this sews, I’m not looking to destash my other colors of fleece, and besides Nathan loves the stuff, so maybe I can actually make something that he’d be interested in. But for the boys, I’ll be sticking to thrifting sweaters. When I can’t find them, I’ll stay with sweatshirting or sweater knits or other fabrics that creep me out less and that let me get nice crispy pressed edges and seams.
I’ll leave fleece to the likes of the awesome Snuggie people.