About a year ago, I blogged about teaching Mira to sew her first pair of pajama pants. Unfortunately because we live hours from each other and because visits are filled with other fun activities, we have little time for sewing. However on our last visit we had a “sewing date”. Her choice was to make a pajama top to match the beloved but now “high-water’ pants she made last year. She designed the top, using a complimentary flannel print for the sleeves.
Hmmm. So how could I help Mira sew a pj top with no buttons and yet so she could pull it over her head? With not many patterns to chose from, I bought a raglan knit pj top. By cutting it several sizes larger than her size, cutting out the neckline to fit over her head and by placing a small amount of elastic at the neckline we were set to sew. As far as the fabric type, pre-washed flannel is great for a project such as this because the fabric is easy to sew and it doesn’t ravel easily so there’s no overcasting.
Me: “What’s the first safety rule for sewing?”
Mira: “Never put your fingers near the needle.”
She passed the test and we were ready to sew.
Little did I know that Mira was envisioning a hood on the pj top. So when the sleeve and side seams were done, Mira said, “Now, let’s add a hood”. (Guess I’ve made sewing look way too easy). Her bathrobe has a hood, so I traced the pattern and we had a hooded pj top.
What a proud girl she was, every step of the way. Sewing (and trying on) time took about one hour.
Catie did art projects with her grandpa while eagerly awaiting her turn at the sewing machine. At age 6, she’s not quite ready to sew independently, so we came up with a plan to sew quilt pieces. It worked beautifully.
Cate sat on my lap and when needed at the beginning and end of stitching a square, she toggled to reverse the stitch. It was perfect for her – she was involved and still safe. Meanwhile, her foot stayed right on top of mine.