Sew Fabulous Mens Holiday Pajamas

Some families have a tradition of wearing matching pajamas for Christmas Eve. This pattern is great for making easy memorable pajamas! This is a sponsored post. Any opinions given are completely my own.

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Men’s Hood Pattern, makes great pajamas!

Men’s Hoodie Pattern

I loved this pattern the moment I saw it. Our adult children are way past the age of wearing matching pajamas, but this pattern seemed like it would work for all of them. It’s technically not for pajamas, but the casual style and trendy hoodie is something that they all love.

The pattern calls for knit and woven fabric which is rather unusual. The front of the shirt, the placket, pockets and front pieces are all woven material. The sleeves, back and hood are a cotton knit. Soft woven cottons and jersey knits make great sleeping attire and I love them together in this pajama set. I haven’t made the pants yet, more on that soon!

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Woven holiday fabrics from Hoffman Fabrics of California

Hoffman Holiday Fabric Collection

This Near and Deer holiday fabric collection from Hoffman Fabrics is perfect for guys. It’s not too cutesy, or outrageously colored. It even has manly deer and stripes. Our son was thrilled with my fabric choices for this project. You can’t go wrong with classic black and white!

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Laying out the pajama top with 2″ added for the length.

Sewing Pattern Adjustments

The cotton fabric is 44″ wide, but since the only woven pieces are in the front cutting the narrow width wasn’t hard. I added 2″ to the length at the waist for this McCalls M747 pattern. My system is to cut the pattern apart and measure the gap for the amount needed. The pattern seemed to fit well overall and was very straight forward to sew as per the manufacturer’s directions.

The placket and pockets were designed to be cut on the bias for the plaid fabric in the pattern photograph. I changed and cut them on the straight grain for this project. The only reason to cut them on the bias is to not worry about matching the plaid, and since I wasn’t using plaid there was no reason to cut them on the bias. I made the front placket and pockets out of the same deer print fabric.

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Sewing with this high quality cotton is easy, it does’t stretch or shrink as you work with it. I always look for the highest quality goods, and prewash them before cutting.  This fabric is amazing, it was easy to work with.

The deal was that I wasn’t supposed to show our son’s face on the internet. He’s rather shy. I sorta lied about that. He’s so cute, why not show it? You won’t tell will you? SHHHHH!

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Our son was kind enough to model his new pajama top for this post. Now to make some more of them for the other family members!

Thank you to Hoffman Fabrics for sponsoring this post!

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If you enjoyed this post, try some of these other sewing posts:

How to Make a Fleece Lounging Gown

Sewing a Fleece Robe

Sewing with Lace

Sewing a Cowl Blouse

Sewing with Peach Skin

 

How to Make a Fleece Lounging Gown

Make a Fleece Lounging Gown to slip into after a long day at work or relax after a hectic day with the family. This gown is a great project for beginner seamstresses! This post contains affiliate links. I will make a small commission from your purchase at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support!

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Successful sewing comes from knowing what to make!

This fleece fabric caught my eye at the fabric store recently. Loved the soft color pallet!

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Fleece fabric is easy to cut and sew.

 

Fleece Lounging is King

Making anything with fleece is always a good idea. Fleece is inexpensive, easy to sew and comes in tons of great patterns and colors. Fleece is also stretchy and very forgiving for new sewers who aren’t exactly sure of them selves. This project is easy to whip up in a single afternoon without a lot of fuss.

It’s been a while since I have sewn much for myself. However, I have stocked up on fabric and patterns for a major sewing project in the future! More to come on that soon!

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This pattern is Mc Calls 7061.(affiliate link)

I am sure I will be making several more of these lounging gowns, perhaps even a couple of them for holiday gifts.

Speaking of gifts, check out my pattern shop for more handmade gift ideas here.

The robe features a hood and a “kangaroo” style pocket which I love for keeping my cell phone close by. You could also make some booties or leggings to keep your feet and legs warm (they are included in this pattern). The modesty of this piece was one of the things that attracted me to it. Love the coverage in this garment! It feels cozy enough that I could run to the grocery store or chat with family members without having to worry about being too “exposed”.

Sewing with fleece is easy to use because you don’t have to finish the seams. The seams will never unravel, even with repeated washing. Also, they have improved the overall quality of the fleece so much that it rarely pills with wear. I always purchase the “pill proof” version of the fabric which costs a little bit more. But, the regular fleece is greatly improved as well and I have never had many problems with it. Alternatively, you could use a ponte knit, french terry or a heavier weight knit jersey for this project.

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Since I didn’t quite have enough fabric, I added a center back seam. You can barely even tell it’s there with the printed fabric.

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Sewing Pattern Adjustments

For this pattern, I didn’t need to change anything in the sewing directions. The instructions were easy to follow and it went together quickly. The sizing is good and quite generous, so the only alteration I had to make was in the length. Overall I added a total of 2″ to the lenth of the gown (I prefer knee length) and could have added even a bit more. True knee length for me would require an addition of 3-4″. Most of the time I sew patterns more than once before I am content with the way they turn out and I plan to make another gown like this in french terry with the additional length adjustment.

Fleece doesn’t shrink in the laundry so that is another plus. I didn’t have to prewash the fabric before cutting, which I usually do. As a general rule, always prewash your fabrics for the best results before cutting.

The fabric store was short on the grey printed fleece, so I used solid grey fleece on the hood and sleeves. I like the contrast of the two fabrics, sometimes unexpected obstacles create the best results!

You can find similar grey patterned fabric here on my Amazon affiliate link.

You can find solid grey fleece fabric here on my Amazon affiliate link.

Sewing Technique and Tips

Honestly, I just used a regular straight stitch for this garment. The fleece is a bit thicker than most fabrics so you may need to use a walking foot or increase your stitch length to keep it flowing smoothly through your sewing machine. The stitch length I used was 3.5, a bit longer then my usual 2.5 for this garment. No special thread or needles are required so it’s a breeze to sew! Love how it turned out!

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Great project for holiday gifts!

If you like this project, try some of these other ideas:

Sewing a Fleece Robe

How to Sew a Satin Robe

Sewing with Lace

Sewing with Lace: Part 2

How to Hem Jeans

 

 

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How I Failed To Decorate our Dining Room

No one likes to say that they have failed. Today I give you permission to completely FAIL in your home decor. I completely failed in this renovation project, but all is not lost!

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Dining room before the One Room Challenge

The One Room Challenge Dining Room Update

This week is the final reveal for the One Room Challenge. I have been avoiding writing this post, because it’s hard for me to admit that I have failed this challenge.

I haven’t finished our dining room.

I was really excited in the beginning, the painting was easy.

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It took me an entire weekend to paint the built-in dining hutch. The white is so much lighter, I really do like it. I am glad I took the plunge to paint all that dark woodwork.

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The next project  was the ceiling. This painted ceiling medallion gives the room something special. Our kitty loves to stare at the ceiling, she must find it interesting.

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I bought some great fabric at a fabulous price and whipped up a pair of curtains. I was on a roll!

And that’s where the story ends. Actually, it came to a grinding halt.

The END of the Dining Room ORC Story

The table improvements are holding me back. I need to paint the table, but I don’t have the vision right now as to which colors to use. White, black? Grey, Chocolate? Can’t decide.

Am having second thoughts about the curtains that  I made.

I never have second thoughts. NEVER. Usually, I am an all in kind of girl. But, something in this room just doesn’t feel right.

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Our home is very traditional. My mother’s beautiful Liberty Blue dishes are going to be the focus of this dining room. However, I don’t know what I was thinking when I chose the black floral for the curtain fabric. They just don’t complement each other, not at all.

I am even second guessing the paint color I chose. I just don’t love it.

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I am putting the breaks on this entire project until I can find another fabric(s) that I like and re-think the entire design plan.

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To Be Continued

Another problem is with the dining chairs. I have been looking for fabrics and materials to refurbish them. However, things are far more expensive than I had anticipated. With the cost of the fabric, foam cushions, welting, tacks, upholstery strapping and nailhead details it will cost between $80-90.00 per chair to redo them. Multiply this times 6 because we have 6 chairs. Yikes, that’s a lot of dough!

New chairs run in the neighborhood of $100.00, and I am not sure that I want to put all the time and money into these old chairs that I don’t really care for anyway. It just doesn’t seem worth it when I could purchase new ones in a finish and style that I like, and just do minimal customizing to match our decor.

So, the chairs are also on the back burner.

I’ve been shopping for lighting, and accessories too. Can’t find anything that I like, that fits in our traditional farmhouse decor and that I can afford. I love modern styles, but they just don’t work well with our traditional home.

How I FAILED in the One Room Challenge

Things just aren’t working out right now. In thinking about how to explain my failure to my readers, I have come to the conclusion that we don’t like to admit our defeats! As bloggers, we don’t want to tell others we can’t do it. Perhaps we expect too much from ourselves. At least I do. Seems like there is always something I am hiding from behind the computer.

It’s okay to fail in your decorating project. I hereby give you permission. Sometimes we need to give ourselves the “okay” to not be perfect and have a perfect magazine styled home. Beautiful homes are an evolution of style and living that develops over time.

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Just like a shoe that doesn’t fit, our home needs to be comfortable for us to live in and fit us well. Things will come together in this room at another time, it’s just now right now. I am okay with that.

This is the end of my One Room Challenge renovation. More time is needed to figure things out. Updates will be posted as I have them but this failed project will remain unfinished for the time being.

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Read some of these other projects for more inspiration!

Bathroom Update on a Budget

10 Steps to a Fixer Upper Style Bathroom, Budget Friendly

Urban Loft

How to Stencil Furniture Like a Boss

Paint Your Own Unique Sunburst Ceiling Medallion

Painted Woodwork (Gasp!) from Dark to Delightful

 

Linking up to the rest of the One Room Challenge over on Calling It Home Blog. Be sure to check out these fantastic projects!

 

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Balloon Rally

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I have been taking it easy lately. It feels good to spend time out doors, and catch up on things behind the scenes. My son and I took a side trip to see the Balloon Rally going on in the Monroe, WI. It’s a lovely small town in the southern part of our state. We ate hamburgers and ice cream from the food vendors, and listened to live jazz and blues music while we watched the balloons. A perfect summer’s evening in my book.

Blue balloon stripes

I have always wanted to see the Balloon Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I had no idea such a thing existed here in Wisconsin. I happened to see an ad for this event that they haven’t had in almost 5 years. What are the odds?

Balloons rising

We arrived at the fair grounds just in time to see the balloons filling up and taking off into the horizon.

black balloon rising

They are of course absolutely huge!  So graceful and beautiful!

Pilots in the balloon basket

We were fortunate enough to be right below the flight path….

Bottom view of balloon basket

You would be surprised how loud they are as they release the hot air into the balloon. It seemed like we were so close we could have touched the basket!

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Have you ever read Around the World in 80 Days? Seeing the balloons makes me want to read it again, such a great book!

Balloon glow

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As the balloons disappeared behind us, we would turn around and there would be another one up in the air ready to take off. There were 6-8 balloons total. They all took off at once and made a short 6 mile trip into the countryside. Then they descend to the ground, pack up the balloon, and bring it back to the rally for another go. The last take off of the day is just before sunset. They call it “The Balloon Glow”.

Rainbow balloon overhead

This balloon was even more beautiful than the first! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to go for a ride in a hot air balloon? Definitely on my bucket list! #yesIamcrazy

Balloons on the horizon

There were dozens of photographers at this event. I couldn’t wait to see how the pictures came out. I wasn’t disappointed.

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The last balloon to take off was named Tequila Sunrise. What a great name! Such summer fun! What are you doing for fun this summer?

 

 

 

7 Easy Beginner Sewing Projects

 

It’s nearly the end of the week and I haven’t accomplished much of anything on my to do list. I have had a million distractions here. I am also working on some bigger projects, but can’t reveal those just yet. So, I decided to put together a few posts that you may have missed. These are easy sewing projects for the beginning sewer. They also happen to be some of my favorites!

 

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This is Maggie. She is one of my all time favorite pooches, and she was my model for this DIY Dog Bed project. You can read the whole story below:

DIY Dog Bed

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This simple blouse is great for warm summer days. It is flattering for any figure type and super easy to throw together for the weekend. Here’s the link:

Sewing a Cowl Blouse

 

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Sewing a Fleece Robe

Sewing a fleece robe is another easy project. Fleece is easy to work with because you don’t have to finish the seams. This robe is warm and fluffy, every girl should have one in her closet for those cool evenings at home.

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Pajama pants are another easy item to make. You can make them from fleece, flannel, cotton, etc. They also make a great gift!

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I love reusing fabric from different sources, this DIY Apron is made from an old flannel shirt. I love it for those really messy DIY projects!

DIY Apron

31 Days of Pintrest DIY: Day 23 Wool and Burlap Pillow

These pillows go back to my early blogging days, I still love them.  The photos aren’t my best but oh, well. You can make pillows from just about anything, these are made from burlap and old sweaters. Here’s more pillow ideas.

 

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