Our super awesome family trip to Disney World-Part 1: Olaf Jammies

First of all, I want to apologize for the quality of these photos.  It was first thing in the morning and they were taken with a phone.  They were all I had, so they’ll have to do.  🙂

All the work I’ve done over the past few months has definitely paid off.  Maya and Jacob had the time of their lives for 8 days at the Happiest Place on Earth.  Originally I was going to post everything in one big, long post.  But I decided to split it up.  Prepare for photo overload  over the next few days (and a few words sprinkled here and there).

We started the day by waking the kids up at 6:00am to make it to the airport for our morning flight.  Thank goodness the airport is only 10 minutes from our house and we didn’t have to wake them up even earlier.  They went to bed in their Olaf jammies and we went straight to the airport like that.

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I used the Oliver and S Bedtime Story Pajama pants and appliqued Olaf on store bought long sleeve t-shirts for the top.  I love when my kids can be all matchy-matchy.  I know it won’t last forever, so I take it when I can.  They were such a simple and satisfying sew.  It was the first time I’ve made these particular PJ pants, and it certainly won’t be the last.  These would look great with a contrast waistband and hem a la Gail at probably actually, but I didn’t have any coordinating flannel fabric, so I just kept it simple and left it all the same.  In theory, I could have just added an inch or so to the bottom of the pants instead of sewing the hem bands on, but I wasn’t thinking that far ahead when I was cutting out my pieces.

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I think I’m going to start making more PJs for the kids.  I just love how they look and they are a super simple one evening project.  Maya’s are a size 4 and are a tad long, so they will definitely fit her for quite some time.  Jacob’s are 18-24 months and they fit.  In hindsight I should have made him a 2T, but I didn’t want him tripping over his pants.  I have quite a bit of the Olaf flannel left, so he may have another pair by the end of the winter.  The fabric I used was Olaf flannel by Springs.

The kids had a great time at the airport!  They had an activity cube thing at our gate (thank goodness) so they played with that while Bill got us some breakfast.  Maya made friends with a flight attendant earlier when we were checking in and she asked Maya to help her collect the garbage near the end of our flight.  Maya was thrilled.

Playing so nicely together at the departure gate

Playing so nicely together at the departure gate

All ready to collect some trash

All ready to collect some trash

The Waldorf-inspired doll Jacob is holding was made by a friend of mine.  She has an Etsy shop and a Facebook page.  Her dolls are absolutely beautiful.

A Frozen Halloween

This is the very first year I hand made my kids’ Halloween costumes.  Last year Maya was an owl that I picked up at Walmart, I believe.  And Jacob was a Tiger that I picked up at Carter’s.  Nothing exciting.  But that was okay, because we only went to one house.

My little owl.

He’s so little. Not even 1 year old yet.

Now that I am in love with my sewing machine, I had to step it up a notch.  The kids are getting handmade costumes from now on.  We probably won’t go to many houses this year either but they are going to be super adorable for those 30 minutes we are out.  🙂  Update:  We actually went to a whopping 4 houses and were gone for about an hour.

I really didn’t have much choice in terms of costumes this year.  It’s a Frozen kind of year.

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I’ve already blogged about Maya’s costume here.  But two additions were a crinoline under the skirt to make it “pouffy” and a perfect princess tiara to finish it off.  Maya was in heaven.

My little snow queen, complete with sparkly shoes and white gloves.

My little snow queen, complete with sparkly shoes and white gloves.

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Jacob HAD to be Olaf.  There was no alternate.   I used Joy2Sew’s Olaf costume.  It is absolutely perfect!  The pattern itself is very straightforward and fun!

It comes as a hat (that can be worn as a winter hat if you line it with fleece) and as a torso.  I used white fleece from Fabricland as well as orange fleece for the nose and felt for the “hair” and facial features.  To keep the hair pointing up, there are pipe cleaners inside.  The felt facial features are glued on (I used Aleene’s fabric fusion).  I didn’t trust it to hold the pieces on, but after letting them dry over night and touching them up a bit in the morning, they aren’t going anywhere.

Olaf!!

Olaf!!

The torso is lined with cotton-polyester broadcloth and is stuffed with polyfil.  It closes in back with a zipper.  This was the first real zipper I have sewn.  It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty good.  Turns out zipper insertion isn’t nearly as complicated as I thought they would be.  The buttons are felt and stuffed as well.  The buttons aren’t quite straight and I wish I could say I did that intentionally.  I thought they were straight.  Turns out Olaf’s buttons are a bit “off center” anyway, so mine were unknowingly perfect.

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I made Olaf in a size 2-3 so that both kiddos can wear it.  It’s pretty forgiving, so I think they will both be able to dress up in it for quite some time.

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Seeing as we live in the Great White North, it is usually freezing on Hallowe’en night. Because of that, I decided to make Jacob some cozy fleece pants as well.  I used a free pants pattern from Fleece Fun.  It isn’t the best pattern.  The rise in the front and back is the same.  So there’s really no accommodation for diapers and the size 2T was slightly too short on my short legged little man.  Apparently this is a known issue and the designer is working on adjusting the pattern.  In the end, the pants came together in about 15 minutes, and for the one time he will wear them, they are perfectly fine.

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What’s this?

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The night was amazing.  The kids had the time of their lives.  Jacob got to bed just a wee bit later than usual and Maya stayed up till we had no more candy to give.  I think she enjoyed giving out the candy just as much as she did going out.

Sibling love!

Sibling love!

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There you have it, a Frozen Hallowe’en.  And a perfect one at that.

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Sorry for the photo overload.  Jacob’s costume was just so darned cute.