Here are a pair of knit pajamas I made for one of my girls yesterday. It is getting cooler now with winter approaching, so it was a good time to make something new.
I looked through my fabric stash and found two coordinating fabrics that she liked. The color blocking of the top was not intentional, but merely a way of trying to get all the pieces cut out of what I had! Even with all the sewing I do, it amazes me at how much fabric some things really require to make.
The top is made from Ottobre's "Becky" camisole (6/2009). I love this pattern. I made the nightgown version before. I HIGHLY recommend this pattern, especially if you are new to making Ottobre patterns. It is pretty easy to trace and sews up quickly without any difficulty.
I added short sleeves, and instead of hemming them, I added a strip of green knit. I cut these at 2 inches, the same as the neckband, folding wrong sides together and sewing to the garment. For the short sleeves, I snagged one from another pattern and with a little tweaking, made a minor adjustment in the pattern to fit. Why draw one from scratch when you can borrow from another?
I topstitched the neck band using a longer stitch around 4. I was always so reluctant to do this in the past, but it works just fine and the fabric is still stretchy.
I hemmed the top with my sewing machine's double needle. I do have a coverstitch machine, however, when there are multiple seams to sew over, this often results in skipped stitches. If anyone knows how to avoid this, please tell me how!! I have tried going slowly, going faster, etc. Sometimes it doesn't skip and sometimes it does and I just don't know why.
I also added a green knit band to the bottom of the pants, cut at 3 inches.
I first thought about making elastic-waist pajamas but quickly dismissed that idea. The funky pant, yoga waistband style works well for her, so I stayed with that.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley