Isn't four just a great age? Everything is exciting and worth talking about. And talking and talking about. My goodness, the talking just doesn't stop. I remember hearing my sister tell my nephew, "My ears are tired, so you can keep talking but I'm not going to listen for a little while." Which I thought was about the gentlest way to let a kid keep being a kid without stifling him and without losing your mind in the process.
Anyway, last night Tsia got all excited when I asked her if she wanted to go outside in her pjs for some photographs before bedtime. And barefoot, no less! This was an adventure, and it was worthy of a full discussion during our ride down in the elevator, all about why we were going outside wearing pjs (no, I was fully dressed) and without our shoes.
Well, being photographed when you're four is more about making goofy faces and silly poses than smiling and standing still. I'm fortunate I got something blog-worthy out of our evening adventure. These are the Bedtime Story PJs made in a size 4 for summer. The fabric is double gauze from Seven Islands, our neighbor at Quilt Market. I chose it in part because the pattern comes from the weave itself. I adore how those little white dots on the purple are actually part of the fabric construction. The dots are threads from the second layer of gauze on the inside of the pjs. The two layers are connected only by the threads that cross each other at regular intervals, which means that the inside of the PJs are the opposite of the outside: white with purple dots. Fun, yes?
I almost wish I had lengthened a size 3 instead of making a size 4, just because Tsia is such a skinny kid and the fabric is so relaxed and drapey. In an ordinary quilting cotton the size 4 would have been fine. So I guess this is a good example of how the fabric you select can dramatically effect the final garment. But the double gauze is great for summer, and she's been sleeping very comfortably is these now that the weather has warmed up and we're getting some sun at long last.