Robert Kaufman and Riley Blake Flannels – Yes!

OK, I confess my boys are wearing LAST YEAR’S Christmas jammies, but it is THIS year’s picture.


As a brand-new sewist then, of course I made pajama pants (using Simplicity 5271.)  And let me tell you, they are so comfortable.  Robert and Riley really know how to rock flannel!  There is no way you can find RTW pants made with this quality of flannel in stores.  At least not where I shop.  Of the two, I guess I would say the Robert Kaufman Remix flannel (the two chevron patterns in the picture) is the heaviest and retains its color the best.  All four of these pants have been washed many times over the past year and only the darker blue Riley Blake has faded somewhat noticeably.  This also happened with a dark blue Riley Blake knit print I used this past summer for a top, and only after a few washes.  But, overall, I just love both these flannels and would buy them again in a heartbeat.


My intentions to sew five more pairs this Christmas (kids plus hubbie) did not pan out.  Truth is, since I’ve only been at this sewing thing for just over a year, I’m smack in the middle of a big learning curve, thus trying to add a new skill with each garment I sew.  Sewing these p.j.s one after another can get a tad repetitive.  So, the only official holiday sewing I managed to squeeze in this year was a quilted potholder and a tunic to wear Christmas Day.  But maybe next year I’ll be shopping once again for that wonderful, cozy flannel.


Since I had no blog last year, please allow me to now share something else I made a year ago.  These Christmas stockings were so much fun to make!  Four boys and a cat…DSC_1100

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I even learned to embroider a bit using the stem stitch for their names.  Originally, I did try to find a store to embroider the names for me, but they were completely booked up already with holiday orders.  In the end, I am glad I persevered and am proud of my efforts.  The cursive font I chose was probably a more difficult choice for a beginner than a ball-and-stick type, but it worked out quite well.

To make these, I followed the free stocking tutorial from Sew Like My Mom.  I looked at lots of them, and hers was just what I was looking for, complete with printable templates and fool-proof instructions. I also liked the way she did the lining and cuff, where you can pull up the cuff to make the stocking taller if you need to.

The photos above are from last year.  Here is this year’s.  Finally decided to buy proper stocking holders, except I forgot one for the cat!


Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  And a very happy New Year to all of my fellow sewists.  What holiday sewing did you do?  I am so impressed with those of you who can crank out project after project in record time. Alas, that it not me at this point, but that’s ok.  I am thoroughly enjoying this journey even if it is a bit pokey.  I like to meander awhile, ponder, plan, dream… that is just me.

I will try to do a post soon on the Vogue tunic I made to wear Christmas Day!

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