During our week of family illness, when most of us didn't change out of pajamas for several days, I had ample chance to notice that not only had Rebecca's feet grown remarkably in the last months, but so had the rest of her body. Her pajamas, in fact, were now decidedly too small. So when I finally dusted off my sewing machine, I didn't sew the pretty, frilly clothes I’d had in mind. Instead, I did plain ol' pajamas.
Rebecca put on the new pajamas I made, which I sewed in soft, warm cotton flannel, as soon as the last stitch was made, and before I could cut off all the thread ends – that’s how much she needed new PJs. (I used patterns from my favorite French sewing book from which I've sewn so many clothes over the years. The pants are just basic pants, and the top is a straight- forward design with a no-fuss elasticized neckline similar to this free Dress & Blouse How-to pattern.)
But somehow, I wasn't satisfied. However useful and functional, my plain ol' pajamas looked too plain and ol' for my taste. And after all, what's the point of sewing something if one can't make it just a little bit special? So I rummaged through my sewing box. The pajamas came off Rebecca, and onto the sewing machine again. And I added a little ribbon and contrasting bias. That, she and I agreed, was just the touch of extra frilliness that they needed to make them special.