Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pac-Man Fever

I fully intended to post part II of It's a Jungle out There, but I haven't finished it yet.  I have made progress on it - I cut the binding today - but it hasn't been quilted yet.  Too much stuff came up this week: late nights at work, an unexpected trip to the vet, running errands, etc.  And then yesterday I just wanted to unwind from all that, which consisted of a a nice picnic with some friends and then eating brownies while watching MST3K.  So instead, I have another edition of It Came from My Closet! (though, in truth, this comes from my husband's closet).

He should know better by now than to dare me into sewing him something, because I will respond with something like "okay, what color do you want that in?"

When he jokingly asked me for Pac-Man PJs, I went to eBay on my fabric search.  This was before the Geeks Gone Wild Pac-Man fabric was released, and I found nothing that fit the bill.  This left me with the choice of either buying something custom from Spoonflower or the like, embroidering fabric with my machine, or doing appliqués.  I didn't think embroidery would stand up all that well to the stress of PJs, and he told me straight up not to spend a lot of money, so Spoonflower was out.  Appliqués it was.

While I might have skill with a needle and thread, I am not the world's best artist.  I know some people can free-hand their custom appliqués, but I am not one of them.  I did the designs on paper and then pinned them on the fabric as patterns.  For the things that were circular in nature (Pac-Man, Ms Pac-Man, pellets, etc), I traced whatever was round and of appropriate size.  I think the big Pac-Man on the chest might have been the lid from a pot and the eyes were from a candle snuffer.

Pretty much everything else was much tougher, and I made multiple patterns before I settled on one that I liked.  I think the damn banana (top picture, bottom right leg, which you can barely see) gave me the most trouble (which is probably why it is on the bottom on the pajama leg).

The final touch was putting Pac-Man and Ms Pac-Man smooching on the butt area.  I thought this was hilarious, but apparently some people don't share my sense of humor.

Overall, I am happy with how these pajamas turned out.  It was a lot of work, and I wouldn't have done it for anyone else except him. :)

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