There has been quite a bit of sewing going on here, believe it or not!
This is a well-loved pattern around here. My notes on this one include that I added 3.25″ to it the last time I made the size 10. Without processing the date I wrote on there, I added the same this time in making them for Jack, who is 8. Or eight and a half, as he would probably say. Closer to eight and three quarters, really, but who’s counting?
Anyway, now that my brain has had time to actually think about the date, I realize that the last time I used this pattern, I was sewing for Jack’s older brother, who was 11 at the time. So, I guess I will hope that this kid likes robots for a couple more years, because these are definitely going to be too long. Ooops.
Maybe Jack will be so impressed with the really cool drawstring elastic waist that he won’t notice the fact that they are too long? Most likely he will notice, but won’t care because he is, after all, an 8 year old boy. And that’s okay. Plus, too long is much better than the too short pair he has been wearing from the pile of last year’s winter jammies.
My growing like a weed daughter picked out some fabric the other day and I have been trying to find the “right” pattern for it.
Today I sewed up Kwik Sew 3169 in a test fabric. It is a peasant top pattern with the option for short or long sleeves.
Like the pattern, the test fabric has been marinating in my stash for some time. It is from the Charms line by Patty Reed Design, produced by Fabric Traditions. As an indication of how long I have been holding onto it, the copyright on it says 2006 and I am fairly certain I made Zoe a sundress from it years ago. When I pulled it out for this top, I expected to be vetoed. (It wasn’t!) Now that she’s ten, most of the cute fabrics get an eye roll.
Zoe is tall and needs extra length on most tops. I added 2″ to the length of the body on this one and only did a half inch hem. This is size XL(12-14). She likes it, but says the area under the arms is scratchy. I expect that a run through the wash will likely take care of that problem.
Unfortunately, this will not be the pattern for her peace sign fabric. Now she is thinking maybe a skirt. Sigh.
Back to search my pattern files.
When I need a good basic pattern, Kwik Sew patterns are my go-to patterns.
Kwik Sew 2302 is for boys’ pajamas. The top I made is a hybrid of the two views – neckline from view A, sleeves from view B. The shorts are view B.
I made these in size 8 with no major modifications. The only change was the use of 1″ non-roll elastic rather than 3/8″ and I used more than the 20″ called for. I do not typically measure elastic, I just put it around the kid I am sewing for and then cut it while it is around the waist.
These went together quickly and fit well. Now that the test pair has received the 8 year old’s stamp of approval, I can make more.
Just because he cracks me up – this is his pirate look:
I still need to make summer jammies for the girl, too.
Do you have a tried-and-true pj pattern?
Here’s a second run at this pattern. I took three additional inches out of the rise and it is much better. Zoe cut about three inches from her hair, and it is also much better. :)
This pair is fully lined. They are currently serged at the bottom and folded up for a cuff. Since we should have warmer weather in a couple months and Zoe will likely grow up but not significantly in the waist, I will hem them next fall. I told her these are weekend house pants or pj pants only, not school pants. Here’s the difference in the rise:
The other thing I did differently on this pair is I understitched the pockets. This helps keep them inside the pants so they don’t try to roll out.
It looks like this inside the pocket:
I traced these in a size 12 with an inch off the top of the rise for Zoe and then added two inches to the length.
This picture was just after her basketball game, I suspect she won’t be so willing to model without prepping in a few years!
Zoe loves them, but… they are huge in the rise. I should take out at least 3 inches, maybe 4 if I make them again. And, since the rise is so long, she’s stepping on the hems. Good news is, I think the length I added will be just about right once I adjust the rise.