This post is a part of the Holiday Blog Tour sponsored by 5 out of 4 Patterns. More details about the other great blogs on the tour and a GIVEAWAY are at the end of the post.
I can still remember petitioning my mother. My older sister and I were much too old to be asking, but could we please open just one gift on Christmas Eve? My mom was steadfast, and somehow, despite our pestering, we always had to wait until Christmas Day to open any of our Christmas gifts.
Until I got married. I was delighted to discover that my husband’s family always opened one gift early: Christmas pajamas. The night before Christmas, everyone would unwrap a set of matching, holiday themed flannel to kick off the gift giving extravaganza.
For many years, my mother-in-law made all of the Christmas pajamas herself. My husband is one of only two kids, so for a long time the task was manageable. But as spouses and grandkids have joined the family, the job of making Christmas pajamas has grown.
Our Biggest Obstacle: Sizing
One of the trickiest things about making everyone matching Christmas pajamas is sizing. My husband’s family is scattered across the United States (Seattle, Chicago and Ann Arbor), and it’s hard to keep track of everyone’s size and fit preferences.
This year, I used basics from 5 out of 4 Patterns (5oo4) to establish a set of patterns that I can share with my mother-in-law. We can use these patterns year after year to get pajamas that both fit and look great. The Pajama Pants and the Easy Tee by 5oo4 are perfect for showcasing festive holiday prints. The relaxed fit of both patterns makes the styles comfortable and easy to wear.
The Whole Set
To outfit my whole family in Christmas pajamas, I used five different patterns (three of which come from 5oo4!). The breakdown looks like this:
All of the pajama pants are free patterns, and the tee shirt patterns are versatile enough to use year round.
My daughter selected the oversized purple plaid flannel for our pants. It’s 100% cotton and comes from Joann Fabrics (link here). It’s a heavy flannel and feels good to wear. I made some efforts to match the pattern, but it isn’t perfect. It took about 6.5 yards to get all of our pants cut out with plaid matching.
I selected a black thermal knit fabric from Nature’s Fabrics (link here) for our matching tops. This thermal is super soft and cozy, but I had a hard time getting the sizing right with this fabric. The combination of heaviness and stretchiness made it so that everything ended up fitting much larger than I expected. It was impossible to keep the necklines from growing. Since my daughter and I are both the smallest size in our respective Easy Tee Patterns, I wasn’t able to simply size down. I had to do some quick improvising to make our shirts work. If you want to use thermal knit, I’d suggest that you save yourself a headache and plan on making a muslin. This fabric is beautiful, but unpredictable, to say the least!
Another Note on Sizing
The 5oo4 Pajama Pants are designed as a unisex pattern, so it’s important to use the size chart and read the fit description to figure out which size to make. Based on my measurements (waist 27.5” and hips 36.5”), the size chart suggests a size S. The pattern notes, however, suggest that women might want to go down a size. To see if I could size down, I measured the pattern and discovered that I could actually go down two sizes to an XXS. I used my hip measurement + 2” to determine the smallest hip circumference I could comfortably wear. Size XXS gave me about 2.5” of ease through the hips, so it was perfect. I prefer a slimmer fit and the pants fit just the way I hoped they would.
The Perfect Pairing
To complement our Christmas Eve jammies, we made a batch of some of our favorite Pistachio Shortbread Cookies. I love the simplicity of shortbread cookies. They are so buttery. And the addition pistachios in these cookies takes them to a whole new level without being too fussy.
I got this recipe from one of my favorite baking blogs, Sally’s Baking Addiction. She is a precise baker and she includes ingredient measures both by volume and by weight which makes her recipes easy to replicate. I almost always have success with her recipes the first time I try them.
Sally’s recipe calls for dipping the shortbread in melted chocolate, but I prefer to skip that step. I like to eat them with milk, tea or hot chocolate as soon as they are cool enough to handle.
Get the recipe here.
Holiday Blog Tour & Giveaway
This post is part of the 5 out of 4 Holiday Blog Tour. Each day this week, talented seamstresses have shared how 5 out of 4 has been a part of our holiday traditions.
As part of the tour, I have a pattern from 5 out of 4 Patterns to give away! You can enter by leaving a comment on this blog post. What are some of your holiday traditions? What do you like to sew around the holidays? I’ll randomly select a winner on Sunday, December 10th to receive a digital copy of the 5 out of 4 pattern of their choice!
I hope you will take a moment to check out the other posts in the blog tour. You’ll find a host of other great cookie recipes and lots of holiday sewing inspiration. Plus, many other stops are hosting giveaways too!
Blog Tour Schedule
Dec 3 – Pattern Revolution
Dec 7 – Turtle Birdies
Happy sewing and happy holidays!