HOW TO MAKE KIDS' JERSEY PYJAMAS
1m (393/ ") Amne Midnight cloud print organic cotton jersey knit (ours was from www.lovelyjubbly fabrics.co.uk) Matching sewing thread Elastic, 2cm ( ") wide Stretch sewing machine needle Tailor’s chalk
A fresh pair of jammies, prime for Santa’s-on-his-way snuggling – that’s our ideal festive aesthetic. Sew as a Christmas Eve treat for littlies and pair with hot chocolate – the combo of super-soft cotton jersey and warm milk will send them to sleep in no time.
Never embraced the stretch? With a bit of jersey finesse, this fabric’s not as tricky to work with as you might have thought. Bring on those dreams of sugar plums.
Pre-wash and dry the fabric first to prevent shrinkage when washing later, then press. Fold the fabric in half with the main stretch across the width. Using the templates on page 97, and following the marked directions, draw out the pattern pieces to the required size using tailor’s chalk then cut out.
Pin the two legging pieces with right sides (RS) together and sew the front and back rise – the two short curved edges at the top. If you don’t have an overlocker, secure the seam with zigzag stitch.
Position the pieces so the rise seam is central. Pin the raw edges of the inside legs, turning one rise seam to the back and one to the front. Sew the inside legs as before.
Cut the elastic to the waist measurement minus 2cm ( "), overlap the ends by 2cm ( "), then sew with zigzag stitch to create a loop. Pin the centre to the wrong side ( WS) of the centre front seam, then pin the join to the WS of the centre back seam, aligning the top edges. Sew using straight stitch.
Fold down the elastic to the WS of the pyjamas, then fold down once again. Sew in place along the bottom edge of the elastic using zigzag stitch.
Fold the fabric at the ankle to the WS by 1cm ( "), then again by 2cm ( "), to create the hem. Sew around the opening with zigzag stitch. The ankle and sleeve edge can be fiddly to sew, so turn up and press the seam allowance with the garment WS out, then turn to the RS and sew inside the cuff.
Next, take the pyjama top front and back pieces, place RS together and sew the shoulder seams.
Take the sleeve and mark the centre of the curve. Pin this point to the shoulder seam with RS together and start sewing the armhole, gently easing the curve as you go. Repeat for the other side.
Take the neckband and sew the short ends RS together to form a loop. Fold in half across the width
with WS together, then pin the seam to the centre back on the RS of the neck hole and the centre point to the centre front, aligning the raw edges. Sew, stretching the neckhole slightly to ease it in.
Zigzag stitch the bottom hem of the pyjama top, then fold to the WS by 2cm ( "). Pin the centre and along the curve to help ease in the excess length, then zigzag stitch in place, catching the edge of the hem with the stitch.
Fold the top in half at the shoulder seams, RS together, then pin the armhole seams. Starting from the hem, sew up the side seam and down the sleeve.
Sew a 1cm ( ") wide close zigzag stitch over the side seam.
Fold the raw sleeve edge to the WS by 1cm ( "), then again by 2cm ( "), and zigzag stitch in place.