Holiday Blog Tour: Christmas Jammies

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5oo4 Holiday Blog Tour: Christmas Jammies | Octaves of Color, a Creative Blog

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.  

Christmas Traditions

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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.

5oo4 Holiday Blog Tour: Christmas Jammies | Octaves of Color, a Creative Blog

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

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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

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To outfit my whole family in Christmas pajamas, I used five different patterns (three of which come from 5oo4!). The breakdown looks like this:

Husband: Pajama Pants (5oo4) in size M, Berlin T (Toby K) in size 40

Wife: Pajama Pants (5oo4) in size XXS, Women’s Easy Tee (5oo4) in size XXS.

Daughter: Walk the Plank Pants (P4P) in size 2, Girl’s Easy Tee (5oo4) in size 2

All of the pajama pants are free patterns, and the tee shirt patterns are versatile enough to use year round.

Pajama Fabrics

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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

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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

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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

5oo4 Holiday Blog Tour: Christmas Jammies | Octaves of Color, a Creative Blog

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 1 – Marvelous Auntie M & ah baby! Custom Design

Dec 2 – Elli & Nels in Stitches & Sewn at Seams

Dec 3 – Pattern Revolution

Dec 4 – My Heart Will Sew On & Fabulous Home Sewn

Dec 5 – Wonderfully Handmade & Randoms by Rydz 

Dec 6 – Sewing with D Octaves of Color

Dec 7 – Turtle Birdies

Happy sewing and happy holidays!

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41 comments

  1. In December, I like to sew projects that are quite quick to finish! I think my two favourite items to sew for this time of year, came from last year – a felt half-eaten gingerbread man tree decoration, and a handy little bag made from some Christmas fabric I came across.
    Maybe next year I’ll be brave (or reckless!) and make some Christmas clothing (a pair of Christmas PJs does sound like quite an appealing make!) 😀

  2. Love your jammies! Thanks for the fit details too- I wondered how roomy they would be. Can’t wait to try your recipes too! We attend a large extended family party Christmas Eve, then go to Midnight Mass to usher in Christmas.

  3. I love sewing Christmas PJs. My hubby and I don’t have children, so I sew them for my nieces and nephews. This will be the first year I don’t make PJs for my nephews, as they have reached an age when they don’t want to wear PJs anymore. It’s sad to see the end of this tradition, but lucky for me my nieces are much younger so I will have several years of PJ sewing still ahead of me!

    1. I love that you are sharing your sewing with your nieces and nephews! I’m making some jammies for my nephew for Christmas this year, too. His will have one of his favorite things on them: school buses.

  4. Love your jammies! The purple plaid is fabulous! 🙂
    We love to set up our Christmas lights & blow-up friends outside to start the season. 🙂

  5. I like to sew Christmas stockings for new family members, also new cardigans for me! Thanks for the recipe, they look delicious.

  6. I always sew my Grandchildren special PJs to wear Christmas Eve! I started that when my oldest was first born and it’s been so much fun!

  7. I also make PJ”s but out of knits – next year I am going to try flannel for the pants – thanks for the inspiration!! I also make shortbread – anxious to try your recipe!

  8. I don’t have time to sew in December, usually. My favorite traditions are all of the family gatherings for the holiday season.

  9. Love your pj pants! Holiday traditions include cutting a tree and lots of cookie and candy making. I do like to make Christmas dresses for my daughter and I if I have time.

  10. My favorite holiday tradition is an advent calendar! For ours, we have a scripture and candy every night. The kids love it, we love it, and it helps me focus Christmas where I should.

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