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I am a mother, a grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Jalie's Jeanne knit pyjamas in the smallest size

I grew up in rural Manitoba. We moved to Montreal when I was 15 so my youngest sister could go to the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf (she signs now) and my life changed considerably after that. 

I have lived in Canada, the US, and Australia. However I have been in Nova Scotia now for nearly 40 years and consider myself to be a true Nova Scotian. Somethings and some places are more yours by disposition than birth.

That said my Manitoba roots, my mom and one sister still live there, are deep.

I could write a whole post on how that peculiar Canadian prairie mentality has affected my life. One of the things that really sticks with me is the whole don't waste concept. When you grow up on the farm like my relatives did, or lived through the Depression in a farming culture, you really don't like to not use everything. It was too far to go to get anything even if you could afford it. I have a strong memory of my grandmother losing it when she saw me unwind some old thread from a bobbin and throw it away. What a waste of those few yards of thread.

During this pandemic stay at home time I have been grateful for my collection of sewing supplies, and all the things I put aside just in case. I have been living off all of that for months now.

One of the things I have appreciated most is my collection of Jalie patterns. Because they come in over 20 sizes I have been able to play around with them making things up in different sizes for myself like the pull on pants in the last post, or make thing for family using patterns I already have.

One of those patterns has been the Jeanne knit pyjamas. I made a nice version for myself a while ago. This month made some with the same pattern in the smallest size for my youngest granddaughter in California.

They are in a monkey print, because, well, she is our monkey. I had to improvise a bit because I didn't have ribbing left in white. I used cotton lycra which means the neck band bows a bit, but I am pleased with them.

She's really a doll isn't she?


Allison said...

Those pjs look so cozy on your adorable little model. I’m also an ex-Prairie person and well schooled in the art of keeping little bits and pieces just in case. I’ve had a similar experience during Covid; my stash(es) of bits and pieces really came in handy. I, too, have a substantial collection of Jalie patterns. They are just such great patterns, aren’t they? I don’t sew much for others now that the littles in our family are grown but I have made some of those patterns over and over and over again. Thanks for posting all of your iterations. It’s always great to see what you’Ve been up to in your very productive sewing room.

Carol in Denver said...

Look how perfectly they fit! She will probably be as attached to California as you are to Nova Scotia.

Sarah Wale said...

She's adorable!
I like the story about your grandmother and the wasted thread .. I sympathise and can't bring myself to do that and as a consequence I have a bag full of twists of thread that 'might come in handy'. When I remember, I use them for tacking ... but seldom tack these days and seldom remember!

Cherie said...

A beautiful little one, and a lovely little night time outfit for her!

Anonymous said...

adorable - she has such a great empowered expression! of course comfy clothes will do that!