Some recent autumn weather had me searching through the Big Boys pajama drawer to find… um… not very much! Apart from the Bob the Builder Winter PJs I made back in April, everything else was far too small.
I know people go on about so-called ‘boring’ sewing like pj pants but I actually quite enjoy busting out a few quick and easy projects like these every now and then and I know they’ll get loads of wear and will actually fit.
Here’s the low down on the two patterns I used…
PJ Pants by Sew Jereli (go check it out – it’s free!)
Size & Fit
I made a size three but extended the rise up to the size 5. I did this because I made a pair of these yonks ago in the size 18 months but found they were a bit short fitting from the crotch to the waist. I’m not sure if this was my own fault for folding too much over on the waistband, or maybe the fact that he was wearing a nappy to bed? Anyway, this time there is plenty of room and no more builder’s crack on display when he bends over!! I also really like that there’s a fair bit of width in the legs – they look super comfy!
Printed cotton flannelette
Because the pdf you download is just the pattern pieces, Toni has written some really detailed instructions on her blog. I love the way she’s written this tutorial – I feel as though she’s talking just to me! There are loads of pictures to accompany the instructions so they’re a perfect beginner project.
Easy peasy! Although I did have a bit of trouble getting the hems sewn up without puckering the hem line. Oh well, who cares, they’re just pajamas right?
I learned from last time, when making pjs, to sew a little tag in so he knows which way round they go…
Big Boy is fairly skinny so following the size guide I went for a size 2T. I cut a 3T length just to be sure (he’s nearly 4) but I needn’t have bothered. I had to chop about 3 inches off the bottom before sewing the cuffs on! (No chance he’ll be a basketballer that’s for sure!) They fit perfectly.
The main fabric is a burgundy interlock (double ponte) knit. The contrast ‘monster’ panel is a cotton jersey with elastane, the same fabric I used for my Little’s recent Bimaa sweater. The waistband and cuffs are a rib knit.
Like her Small Fry Skinny Jeans pattern, Laura has written some excellent instructions for these leggings. The only place I got a little confused was when I first starting attaching the contrast panel. It didn’t take me long to figure it out and only a few stitches needed the work of my seam ripper.
Confident beginner. If you’ve sewn a couple of projects with knits then you’ll find them easy. If you haven’t, give them a go – they’re only pjs after all!
So, no excuses! Both these patterns could come together in an evening and are easy to pair up with a matching appliqued tee.
I’m interested to know…do you have a go-to pj pattern that you love??
If you’re looking for more boys sewing inspiration, come over and check out my Sewing: Little boys clothes Pinterest board. And let me know if you have a similar board– I’d love to follow you!!