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Christmas Traditions

Hello creative people! I’m Amanda from DerivingMommyhood and I’m here to share my latest Minerva creation.

My family has a strong tradition of matching Christmas Pajamas. I’ve created them ever since my oldest child’s first Christmas and will do so while they still let me. The only issue I’ve had is convincing my husband to not hoard all the previous year’s creations forever and let some of them go. He has lots and lots of Christmas pajamas as a result and looks festive year round.

I have four kids now and two grown people to create for so started much earlier than the week of Christmas this year (or more like Christmas Eve Eve as I may have gotten away with in the past….) but still chose to go with some simplicity this year.

I fell in love with this deer print cotton as it’s traditional but the colors are slightly more modern, with burgundy and petrol as opposed to bright red and green. I normally avoid directional prints when I know I’ll have to get a lot out of one cut of fabric (looking at you, Upside-Down Snowmen of ‘04) but made the sacrifice for this simple deer.

For the bottoms, I went with the free Walk the Plank Pajamas from Patterns for Pirates for everyone but myself. I chose these mostly because they were already printed and ready to go, but also because there’s very few seams (each pair is two pieces, joined at the inseam and crotch seam only) so they would be quick to create. For myself, I used the Lanai Loungers from New Horizons Designs because I have a few pairs already that I love the fit of.

They sewed up very quickly as expected, I spent one evening cutting the fabric and then sewed them up in batches (all inseams, all crotch seams, next all waistbands, and last the dreaded hemming). I did add a back pocket to my husbands, to mirror mine and because he requested at least one pocket somewhere. Since there’s no side seams and a fold over waistband on his, a back patch pocket makes the most sense. I just sized up the one from my Lanai Loungers.

The shirts I am particularly in love with. I used this lovely viscose jersey in dark red and it’s so luscious and soft. I could live in this stuff. Since everyone has the same look for the bottoms, I figured it made sense to do the same style top for all and individualize them with some heat transfer vinyl. I chose to do raglan tees as they are comfortable and quick. The men’s one is the Hudson Raglan from Greenstyle Creations, all the kids have Streamline Tees from New Horizons Designs, and I chose the Riviera Raglan, also from New Horizons Designs for myself. I did alter the pattern for mine slightly by doing a scoop neck rather than crew.

I created my own designs for the shirts using some free clip art doe and stag images. I then added words inside in a pretty font, and cut them out on my silhouette cameo. I heat pressed the designs on (using a slightly lower temperature for the viscose).

With all of that done, the hardest part was next….trying to take pictures of a family of 6 somehow…but thankfully, we persevered. I love how they turned out!!

What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?? Does it involve lots of (last minute) sewing??

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