HOW TO MAKE… SLOTH PY­JA­MAS

Mollie Makes - - Mollie Makes -

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.

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