Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Nest Will Soon Be Empty!! College Bound Pajamas

Summer is quickly flying by. What's different about this summer is that this is the summer that my nest gets emptied. That's right my last little chick leaves the nest in August. While I've been through this before, it's a little different this time. This time it's my baby girl that's heading to college. That means a lot more fun shopping for the dorm room. Ha-Ha , I bet you thought I'd be teary eyed and all that. No way!! I am so excited for this opportunity that she has that while I will miss her, I can't wait for her to begin this awesome journey. Back to shopping and getting ready to go.

 A while back I saw some really cute pajama pants and pinned them on Pinterest.


 Well, while she's been in Detroit visiting family I have had a chance to do a little shopping and sewing. OK, before I share, I admit I got a little carried away. It's not like Cass doesn't have any pajamas, it's just that these were so cute , easy and fun to make. I mean, if you have a teenage daughter, niece, granddaughter, you know how hard it is to shop for them. These are hard not to like so I got a little carried away.

The cotton fabric that I used for the shorts, capri bottoms and pants were all on sale, so Cha Ching , major savings.  If you sew at all you know each pair took less than 30 minutes from cutting out to finish. And yes the monograms did take a little bit of time but it was worth it.

                          Turquoise and blue shorts with turquoise racer tank and dark blue monogram

              Turquoise and blue pants ( different pattern) and teal t-shirt with lime green stitching. 

                       Pink and brown capri pants and pink v neck t-shirt with brown monogram.

 Red and white paisley print shorts with white ruffle trim, white v neck t-shirt and red monogram.

This last set was a great color choice but the thread that I used for the monogramming was a major mistake. I thought about not even showing these, but mistakes are part of the real process, they do happen sometimes. This thread was so tight on the spool that no amount of tension adjustment helped, it pulled the white bobbin thread up in many places. Now, if these were for someone else I would be making them over and using a different thread, but I think Cass will give me a pass on these. (smile)

            Fuchsia and orange plaid shorts with an orange racer tank top with funky Fuchsia stitching.

All of the tops were from Walmart. I spent the most on the turquoise t shirt, $3.47. Because Cass is small she could wear an XL from the kids department. That was great because they didn't have another option for that print. The tanks and other t-shirts were all on clearance some for as little as $2 none were over $3.  My total cost for materials, including $1.99 for pattern ( I already had the elastic) was approx. $35.00. That's for 5 pair of monogrammed  pajamas!!  The inspiration pants shown above sell for $30.00 Now I know I didn't add the cost of monogramming to these but since it's my machine, my time and My Baby Girl...

If you want to make these, they would make great gifts for Christmas, brides maids, kids, etc. Why not!! In place of the monograms you could by iron on initials at Michaels, JoAnns, Hancock Fabrics or Hobby Lobby. I think I will even make myself a pair.

Next up for the college bound shopping is the dorm room bedding. Stay tuned..


  1. Hi Tina,
    My baby will be flying the nest in August as well. And I am really not sure how I am going to handle it. I have never lived alone. I know for sure that I am going to miss my baby. I love the monogrammed clothing. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Thanks Trish. I too will miss my baby, but so excited for her. Hang in there, it'll be ok.