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It’s a PJ Party!

{Pajamas in the Laboratory}

What’s the perfect (and possibly the only) garment to sew for a preteen boy that he will actually wear???  PAJAMAS shorts!  especially pajamas shorts in awesome fabrics.

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For my stop on the Spring Break Pajamas Party Blog Tour, I wanted to sew for my son.  He is 11 years old, and doesn’t get many opportunities to model handmade clothes sewn by his Mom.  The PJ’s party was the perfect opportunity.

But then the Sew Your Stash Challenge for March was added.  The theme this month is ‘Dolls, Plushies, and Toys’.  eek… now what?  How do I make PJs for my preteen son having to do with toys???  AND use fabric and patterns from my stash?  I came up with the pajamas shorts with a science laboratory twist.  And I think if you stretch you imagination with me, I met the challenge 🙂

This is Pajamas in the Laboratory!

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I used my favorite pajamas pants pattern, Simplicity 1605.  I made boys size Large, but only used a 1/4″ seam allowance because he is between the boys and the mens sizes.  Instead of a casing for the elastic, I used my serger to overlock stitch the elastic to the top of the shorts, and then folded over and used my sewing machine with a narrow zigzag.  This makes a nice waistband that doesn’t roll or shift.

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From my stash, I had this Micheal Miller Science Fair fabric collection.  It was planned to be PJ’s or maybe a blanket/quilt or maybe bags someday.  It was always intended to be for my son.  Now I know that I bought it for this Pajamas Party Blog Tour!  It fit the theme of ‘toys’ for an 11 year old boy.  And since growing 2 inches and gaining 8 pounds in the last 3 months, he needed new PJ shorts. I made a pair of shorts from each of the 3 fabrics in my stash, and top stitched in coordinating threads.

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BUT my favorite part of this project, was the photo shoot… creating the scenes of science with his toys was a lot of fun!

This is the molecule fabric, so he works with his microscope and looks up information on his computer.

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This is the chemistry fabric, so he mixes his solutions to make slime, smoke, and bubbling goo, while wearing safety goggles of course.

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This is the physics fabric, so he builds his Legos – and the Newton Apple was a last minute add from his Dad.

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My son’s favorite moment was when Zazzles the cat made the photo shoot too.

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And the best part of this blog tour for YOU, is all the sponsors, discounts, and give-aways!!!  Keep reading below for all the details and the location for prize entries.

There are 24 shops sponsoring prizes for this tour!

Along with today’s daily giveaway (see below!) there is also larger giveaway and a link up happening. Go to today’s post over at Sprouting JubeJube to get the full details on how to link up and to enter the giveaway!

We are also lucky to have four fabric shops offering readers discount codes:

Fabric Sponsors

Mabel Madison is offering 20% off with the code JAMMIES. Code expires March 31st!

PhatQuarters is offering 10% off OR FREE shipping to US addresses on orders over 40$ US (with an equivalent discount for international shoppers). Use the code PHAT10 for 10% off OR FREE40 for free shipping to US.

Raspberry Creek Fabrics is offering 15% off with the code PJPARTYTOUR. Good through March 26th! Tangled Blossoms Designs is offering 10% off with the code PJPARTY. Code expires March 25th!

And now for today’s giveaway!

Today’s prize is sponsored by The Handmaiden’s Cottage. You could win 2 patterns of your choice! Visit The Handmaiden’s Cottage to see what they have to offer. The giveaway ends March 22nd at 11:59pm. See the Rafflecopter on how to enter! You have up to 7 chances to win! The winner will be chosen March 23rd and will have 48 hours to respond to the email before a new winner is chosen.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

Want to win more prizes? Visit Create 3.5 tomorrow to see what new prizes will be up for grabs as well as see the previews for tomorrow’s bloggers.

Missed a stop on the tour? The full schedule is below:

Monday, March 21st

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Quad T-Shirts for a Boy

{S is for Sewing e-book, featuring the Quadrilateral T-shirt}

The seamstresses at Sewing With Boys have released their second e-book that focuses on back to school – which thankfully for me is only a few weeks away.  The complete bundle is 4 full patterns, inspiring articles, and some extra goodies.  And best of all, it’s made for BOYS.  You know, those kids that don’t like the ruffles and bows and cutesy buttons that we like as embellishments on our handmades.  The Sewing With Boys’ speciality is making it fun to sew for our little guys, while making it fun for our little guys to wear what we make.  S is for Sewing is the latest e-book that does just that.  I stitched up 4 shirts for my 2 year old cousin using the Quadilateral T-shirt pattern that is one of 4 patterns available in the e-book bundle.

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The t-shirt PDF pattern comes in sizes XXS-L (2/3-10/12).  It is made in knit fabrics with binding at the neck and the sleeves.  The special feature for our guys is the little pocket right in the front to hold their small treasures.  The casual fit and asymmetrical design works well for the boys.  And while I am here to promote sewing for the boys, this t-shirt would be just as awesome for our girls too!

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Because the t-shirt pattern is called the Quad T, I interpreted that to mean I should stitch up 4 shirts for my little cousin.  So, that is what I did stretching one of my favorite fabric lines to mix and match the prints with solids.  The print fabrics are organic knits from Serengeti by Birch Fabrics.  The elephants, birds, and giraffes are just TOO CUTE!  By mixing the prints and adding the solid knits, I think I still have enough for another project coming soon.

{See my Baby Mitts and Hats project in the Serengeti knit fabric by Birch HERE}

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Also to mix up the 4 t-shirts, I made 2 shirts with sleeve bindings and 2 with hemmed sleeves.  And then 2 shirts with pockets and 2 shirts without pockets.  I wanted each shirt to be unique and show off the Quad Tee pattern at its best.  Which speaking of the pattern… I found the instructions to be well written and simple to follow with drawings, fitting explanations, and printing and assembling instructions.  The pattern suggests upcycling adult t-shirts for the Quad Tee.  I think that would make some great looking shirts for the little guys.

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For all the back to school inspiration (remember, it includes 4 full patterns), the S is for Sewing e-book is available HERE.  And see all of the awesome-ness, as well as share your own creations on the FB group at Sewing With Boys Fan Group.

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Domi Sweatpants ready for Football Season

{Domi Sweatpants Pattern by Sofilantjes}

Perfectly matched with his Seattle Seahawks shirt, these sweatpants are ready for the return of football season.  (yes, I know summer just started, but look how far ahead I am now)  The pants are made from Sofilantjes newest pattern the Domi Sweatpants. Domi is ‘home’ in Dutch, which perfectly describes the easy & comfy wear of these pants.  When Autumn returns, so will football season when my boy will be found lounging around the TV.  The Domi sweatpants are made for Football Sundays.  And pictured here with his Seattle Seahawks shirt, he is ready for kickoff.

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Summer Tops for Girls & Boys

{Traveller Tee & Seashore Top by Gracious Threads}

After sewing up kids’ shorts on the Canadian Pattern Designer Blog Tour (see HERE), the girl & boy needed summer tops to match the summer shorts.  I went looking for patterns by a Canadian Designer to stick with the theme (i love to be inspired by a theme), patterns that were casual and comfy for frequent summertime wearing, and patterns that were new to me.  The Gracious Threads patterns fit the qualifications!  It was the Traveller Tee for the boy, and the Seashore Top for the girl!

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Children’s Pants from EM Patterns

{a Canadian Pattern Designer Blog Tour}

It’s warm weather here and kids need shorts.  I used the Canadian Pattern Designer Blog Tour as an opportunity to stitch up some new shorts.  These are the Children’s Pants No. 2 (cut off into shorts) from E+M Patterns.  One pair is for my 5 year old daughter, and the other pair for her 7 year old friend.  This way, I could make shorts for a girl and for a boy using the same pattern just by changing up the pockets.

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Pants for the Boy

{Everest Pants Pattern by Gracious Threads – featured in One Thimble, Issue 7}

He only wants to wear those long & baggy gym shorts in the brightest colors ever.  Every day to school, he is in those shorts.  My friend tells me to be happy, cause at least they are clean shorts.  Well now, my son has khaki Everest Pants to wear in the rotation of lime green, road cone orange, and white shiny gym shorts.