HOW TO MAKE… SLOTH PYJAMAS
Designed with weekends in mind, these cute kids’ pjs are essential wear for lazing on the sofa and eating pancakes for breakfast.
And, while anything made in this fun sloth-print fabric would be pretty adorable, their contrasting turn-ups and drawstring waist are making us wish we had our own pair. Use your child’s measurements to make a pattern that fits just right, then size it up to sew a matching pair for mama.
01 Measure around the child’s waist, so around the middle of their tummy, then measure their inside leg, down to the floor. Calculate one half and one third of the waist measurement and write these down as well.
02 Lay out the pattern paper, or a large piece of tracing paper, and draw a vertical line down the centre for the grain. Roughly two-thirds from the bottom of the page, draw a horizontal line across the grain to mark the hipline. Mark the waist measurement on this line, slightly off centre – ours was for a four-year-old, and we positioned it 2cm (¾") to the left. Add 3cm (1¼") to one third of the waist measurement, then measure and mark a line this distance up from the hipline to mark the waistline.
03 Add 10cm (4") to half of the waist measurement, then measure and mark a line this length along the waistline, slightly off centre from the grain – we positioned ours 1.5cm ( 5 /8") to the right. At the left end of this line, measure and mark 3cm (1¼") up – this is the centre back (CB) point of the waist. Mark another point halfway along the waistline, then join the two with a straight line. Use a curve to join the waist points with the hip points, as shown, making the CB and centre front (CF) crotch lines.
04 Mark a point down from the hipline using the inside leg measurement, then draw a horizontal line across the grain at this point to mark the hemline. Add 3cm (1¼") to half of the waist measurement, then measure and mark a line this length centrally along the hemline. At either end of this line, draw a vertical line up towards the hipline, measuring one-third of the waist measurement. After this point, use a tailor's curve to join the outside of the leg with the CB and CF crotch lines, as shown. Add a seam allowance to the crotch and inside leg seams, then label the pyjama pattern piece, marking the CB, CF and grain line, and cut it out.
05 To make the pattern piece for the waistband, draw a rectangle measuring half of the waist measurement plus 12cm (4¾") long and 9cm (35/ 8") wide. To make the pattern piece for the cuffs, draw a rectangle measuring half of the
waist measurement plus 6cm (23/ 8") long and 7cm (2 ") wide. Label the pattern pieces as waistband and cuff, then cut them both out.
06 Fold the patterned fabric in half along the length and pin the pyjama pattern to the fabric. Cut out using the rotary cutter. Fold the coordinating fabric in half along the length and cut out the cuff and waistband patterns.
07 Place the two waistband pieces with right sides (RS) together and sew along one short edge. Press open the seams, then fold the whole piece in half along the length with RS together. Press once more, open out, then fold both of the long edges to the wrong side ( WS) by 1.5cm ( 5 /8").
08 Cut small pieces of iron-on interfacing and press in place either side of the centre seam on the WS of the waistband, as shown. These will help strengthen the buttonholes. Pin the short edges with RS together and sew, then press the seam open. Fold the waistband in half along the length with WS together.
09 Fold the long edges on both cuff pieces to the WS by 1cm ( 3 /8"). Press, then open out. Fold both in half along the length with RS together and sew along the short edge, then press open the seams.
10 Mark 2cm ( ") long buttonholes on the RS of the waistband, either side of the centre seam, over the section reinforced with iron-on interfacing. Sew the buttonholes through the front layer of the waistband only, using short zigzag stitch, then pull the threads through to the WS. Tie off and trim, then carefully cut the buttonholes open using a seam ripper.
11 Next, pin the pyjama bottom pieces with RS together, aligning the raw edges. Sew along the CF and CB crotch seams, then sew over the seams using zigzag stitch to secure. Press the seams to one side, then sew the inside leg seam in the same way and press.
12 Open out the waistband and pin to the top of the pyjama bottoms with RS together, aligning the raw edges, and matching the CB and CF seams. Sew along the top fold line, then fold up the waistband and press the seam.
13 Cut a length of cotton tape twice the length of the waist measurement. Thread it through the inside of the waistband and out the buttonholes, then fold the ends over twice. Sew to secure in place.
14 Fold the waistband over the top raw edge of the pyjamas, tucking the long raw edge under. Pin, then top stitch along the folded long edge, leaving a 4cm (15/ 8") gap. Cut a length of elastic 4cm (15/ 8") less than the waist measurement, then feed it through the waistband and out the other side. Sew the ends to secure, then sew the gap closed.
15 Take one cuff and pin it to the bottom of a pyjama leg with RS together, aligning the raw edges. Sew along the top fold line, then fold the bottom raw edge of the cuff to the WS along the fold. Turn the pyjamas WS out and fold the cuff up the pyjama leg with WS together. Press, then sew along the folded edge of the cuff.
16 Turn the pyjamas RS out, then turn up the cuffs and press in place.