I have a tradition of making my kids new pajamas for xmas eve. I have been able to get these made, so I am way ahead of schedule! I used a few clearenced women's long sleeve shirts. As you can see there wasn't enough of the blue to finish the pants for D but oh, well, they are just pj's.
Here is a kind of mini tutorial on how I made the kids' pj's. Nothing new really, and considering this is my first attempt at a tutorial please excuse the mess. The pictures are not very good, the only time I have to do anything is late at night in very poor lighting.
|One of the women's shirts|
|I laid a pair of B's pj pants on the sleeve to see how much of the sleeve to use. I planned to re-use the existing sleeve cuff for the pant cuffs plus the longer they are the longer B can wear them.|
|To re-used the original neckline I just laid B's shirt over the new one & marked out the front piece.|
I did the same for the back.
|Here are all my pattern pieces cut out. The sleeves will become the pj pants.|
|To make the sleeves into pant pieces I measured the crotch depth of her current pants and cut the seam to open it up. I added this small triangle piece to the back crotch seam of the pants to give B a little more room to move.|
|Waist band and elastic for pants. Fold waist band fabric in half width wise and sew up short ends to make a loop.|
|Fold waistband loop in half, enclosing the elastic loop and sew/serge onto pants. Since I used the sleeves, the pants already have a cuff at the ankle and so are done.|
|Sew/serge shoulder seams of shirt.|
|Sew/serger sleeves onto shirt.|
|Sew/serge side seams. To finish the bottom edge I did a rolled hem with my serger.|
|I traced some of D's pj's on to freezer paper to make patterns. |
The freezer paper is great for knit fabrics because you can iron it onto the fabric then cut without having to use pins/weights.
|Since D's neckline is raw, I used some rib knit from an old shirt to bind the neckline.|
So, here is a sort-of tutorial. Please let me know if I can answer any questions. I hope to at least inspire some re-fashioning out there.
Have a good night and Blessed Be.