Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Custom Pajama Party

When we celebrated daughter Emma's 6th birthday recently with a slumber party, matching custom pajamas were a must. I searched high and low for the perfect fabric for pajama pants, and I had almost given up when I found the most precious flannel ever. It was love at first sight! In fact, this Tanya Whelan fabric from Quilt Home became the inspiration for the whole party.

I made ruffled pajama pants and an appliqued tee for the six girls at Emma's party. I used the Sugar Hill flannel print for all the pants, but trimmed two pairs of pants in each of the three coordinating prints I bought from Beth's Heirloom Sewing in Wetumpka. I layered the check and polka dot fabrics on the girls' tees, making sure each girl's applique matched the ruffle on her pants. Here is the Birthday Girl in her PJs.

Isn't Emma a cutie in her pink and green? I used New Look pattern 6641 for the pants, shortening the length to accommodate a ruffle. I found long-sleeved tees on clearance at Target and the heart applique machine embroidery design free at Planet Applique. I used a shabby applique technique on the shirts, which you can learn more about here. Working on pajamas for Emma's party reminded me of the PJs I made two years ago for Mary Ashley's 6th birthday.

I nearly cried when I looked back at these photos! At 6 and 4, Mary Ashley and Emma looked like such babies. Just look at those little cheeks! Today at 8 and 6, they aren't quite as little, but they are just as precious.

And they are still the best of friends!

Still to come, party decor, menu and activities. And by the way, I am pleased to introduce Sweet Tea Paperie to my sidebar. Check out this great gift shop for personalized products and more!


Sewconsult said...

Terrific idea! Love the choice of fabrics.

Sarah said...

Sweet sisters! Cute PJs for these cuties.

Paula said...

What precious little girls and what a talented mother! The fabric you chose for the bottoms is really beautiful and I bet all those little girls were thrilled to take home such pretty pyjamas from the party. A belated Happy 6th Birthday to Emma.

Creations By Cindy said...

Precious girls! Love the PJ's. Such a cute idea! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Anonymous said...

What darling pj's....can't wait to see the rest of the party ideas!! You are always such an inspiration to me! My little girl is 9, so it's always fun to see your ideas!! Cindy

Granna said...

Adorable...pajamas and girls!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Melissa, my niece gave me the best advice ever when my daughter was born. She said "look at your daughter everyday and, although you might think she has grown, remember that that very moment she will never be as small as she is now..(quite hard to translate) so treasure every moment..and I do! ;-)
I love this party, so sweet and the fabric is cute!!
Kind regards, Mariel

Melissa Lester said...

Mariel, thank you for sharing that kind sentiment! I will definitely keep that in mind.

Jennifer Driver said...

Love, love, love! The prettiest PJs ever! :)

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