Today I’m really excited to be a part of a holiday series from Andrea at The Train to Crazy. It’s called A Very Go To Christmas! Are you familiar with the Go To Patterns Shop? It’s a lovely pattern shop that Andrea runs which carries lots and lots of wonderful sewing patterns. During A Very Go To Christmas, I and several other bloggers (whose company I am so honored to be included in), are reviewing sewing patterns from the shop and sharing our projects with you. This is a great resource for those of you that sew!
I chose to review the Alex and Anna Winter PJs from peek-a-boo pattern shop.
As the cover shows, this pattern is for long john type pajamas that will fit sizes 6 months to 8 years. I’ll start the review by saying that I really loved this pattern! It is classified as a pattern suited for an “adventurous beginner” and I think that’s just about right. I would consider myself an advanced seamstress, maybe intermediate, and this was a very easy pattern for me to complete. The sizing seemed accurate to me. Levi just turned 4, but he is very tall for his age (98 percentile height and weight), so I made the size 5 for him. I had to shorten the pant legs a little bit, but other than that I feel like they are a great fit for him. There’s a little bit of room to grow, but they are not big by any means.
One thing that I loved about this pattern is that I go to use my serger AND I used a double needle for the very first time!
To be honest with you, I didn’t realize what a great job a double needle would do with knits! I’ve seen Katy Dill use a double needle when making swim suits for her adorable girls, but I had never ventured to use one, and I’m very glad that I did with this project. I had a little fun with two different thread colors.
The Alex and Anna pattern is a PDF pattern, which means that it is a downloaded pattern, not printed. If you’ve ever used a PDF pattern before then you are familiar with the process. If not, here’s how it goes: You purchase the pattern and download it. The pattern is printed on your printer in tiles (the pattern is broken up onto the sheets of paper). You line up the pieces, kind of like a puzzle, and tape them together to create the pattern pieces. At this point you can either use the taped pattern to pin to your fabric and cut, or you can trace it onto sewing paper or tracing paper to have tapeless, seamless pieces. The benefit to PDF patterns is that they are less expensive and you can print them out more than once if you choose. It does take a little while to put them together, but it’s not that big of a deal.
This pattern was well written. It included several photos and clear instructions. It was a breeze to sew and I absolutely love the way that they turned out. Levi does too… in fact he wanted to put them on right away (even though I finished them mid afternoon) and wouldn’t take them off. They are so comfy and cozy! If your family has an annual Christmas Eve PJs tradition, you’ll want to get this pattern and whip up some of these for Christmas Eve!
Make sure you check out the Go To Patterns Shop for all of your sewing pattern needs! They have patterns for all of the members of your family, plus accessories, quilts, and more!
Follow along and see what all of the other bloggers have made for a Very Go To Christmas:
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you & mie Dec. 5th
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I was not compensated for this post, but I did receive this pattern for free.