Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sweet Dreams Pajamas


Mary Ashley's slumber party over the weekend was a big milestone for us and the little girls who joined us for the weekend. I wanted to do something special to initiate the girls into this fun girlhood tradition, so I decided to make pajamas for them -- eight pairs in all!

I loved the idea of making something they could wear during the party. And I hope they will remember fondly their time at our house when they wear them again -- maybe even to their next slumber party!


For the pajama pants, I used McCall's pattern 3906, shortening the length to include coordinating ruffles. (I could save a lot of time sewing if I didn't love ruffles so much!) I found the pink swirl flannel at Hancock Fabrics. The turquoise micro-check used for the ruffles and bow at the waist came from local sewing shop Beth's Heirloom Sewing. For the tops, I used long-sleeve tees from Target. These super-soft shirts can be worn with pajama pants or to school. I embroidered the shirts with different cupcake appliques from Bunnycup Embroidery. Of course, the Birthday Girl got the cupcake with a candle!


Bring on the sweet dreams!

18 comments:

Operation Sweet Dreams said...

Wow you're amazing! We love pajamas at Operation Sweet Dreams :)

Sandy said...

I wish I was your "little girl"! How do you think up such lovely, wonderful ideas for your children's parties? One day your children will realize what a special, talented and very loving mother you are to plan and make such special celebrations for them.

Teacup Lane (Sandy)

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Beautiful! And How special are the pretty PJ's! Especially 8!
As usual...what wonderful photos of a very special event :o)

Again...Happy Birthday!

Blessings & Aloha!

Laura said...

Those pajamas are beautiful! I love them!

Judy said...

Adorable pj's and great idea, as only you can do it Melissa!

Taylor hated missing the party but she wanted to see her brother and Shannon wanted her in Birmingham.

The doctors tested Jackson again in Birmingham and prepped him for surgery Sat. morning but our God worked (another) miracle and when the drs. came in on Sat. morning, they could not find anything wrong with little man. We took him home and it's been hard keeping him still all weekend.

Hope to see you soon!
Judy

Leanne Helums said...

You just amaze me at how you always seem to think of every little detail. You always go the extra mile to make it perfect. How do you have the time to get it all done? Love this entire idea and cannot wait to see more.

Rach said...

VERY adorable!!

Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...

I might have to try that for my girls. I can probably applique on a decent regular sewing machine, can't I? Using a tight zigzaggy stitch? (see how good I'm gonna be at this?!) Oh - and ruffles remind me of gathering all that fabric I have to on the girls' twirly dresses. Pookie could make it herself 'cept for all those dingdong gathers.

*sigh* aaah to be patient with craft projects. I do like the end result!

And I L.O.V.E. this. (Can't even imagine making 8 of them. God love you!)

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

Gorgeous! I completely understand about loving ruffles! :)

Anonymous said...

Melissa, You are really amazing. You think of all these wonderful projects and then follow through. I am good at the "thinking" part. HE! HE! But I certainly do not have the talent to follow through.

I wish I could have come to the party. Thanks for sharing the pics. Love, Debbi

Jo said...

How adorable! I'm sure it was a fabulous party.

Jo

Amanda said...

Oh, Melissa, I JUST placed the order for the 8x8 book a few hours ago...I had saved it in the cart, hoping that it might be discounted again but I decided to order it anyway, it was too cute. So, I guess that rules me out?! I don't know...?! Thank you so much for the kind words and no worries, it was all in good faith. On another note - I am in love w/ all the slumber party fun, by far, your best party to date! ahjones1017@hotmail.com. - my email address if you need it.

Stephanie said...

Precious!!! You do so many awesome things you really have me wanting an embroidery machine. Can you possibly do a post about your embroidery machine, how long you've been doing embroidery, your favorite products, advice for a beginner, etc.? I've visited some shops but I would love to get some advice from a "real person" who isn't trying to sell a product. I absolutely love your blog, it is a special treat for me everyday.

Melissa Lester said...

Thanks, Stephanie, for the encouragement! I get a lot of questions about my embroidery machine, so I will try to put together a post soon giving some of my tips and preferences.

Amy said...

Wow! How do you have time for it all? I love the pajamas you made and what a sweet keepsake idea! Your whole party theme was amazing.

I came across your site in searching for an R2D2 cake (which I made this weekend) and am hooked.

Thanks for sharing how to make things so lovely! I still don't know how you find the time though. :)

patsy said...

Love you site, it is so sweet and beautiful...love the pictures, the sewing projects, table settings, and all...Please...what machine do you use for the Monograms?....love them. What a lovely happy family you have...you have been BLESSED!..

Melissa Lester said...

Patsy, thank you for the encouragement! I have a Babylock Ellure sewing and embroidery machine and love it!

Patsy said...

One more question. Do you make the lovely smocked dresses your girls wear? I just love them! If you do, I'd love to see a post on your construction of one. They are beautiful.

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