This is the second run at pattern #40 from Ottobre 4/2013 (the fall 2013 issue) that I made previously with a sweatshirt knit.
This is size 134 again and I added about an inch to the sleeves this time. I was going to put a kangaroo pocket on the front. However, there was some confusion about what a kangaroo pocket was and Jack thought I was suggesting there be a picture of a kangaroo on his sweatshirt. That was completely and totally unacceptable, bordering on most ridiculous for a third grader. Okay, got it, no kangaroos.
I just put a tube inside, so he’s got one nice big pocket there. The only downside is that since I didn’t want to stitch it to the front of the shirt, it is three layers of fabric where the pocket is – the shirt front, and then the two layers of pocket tube inside. It takes FOREVER to dry!
The fabric is a super soft bamboo velour that I dyed with Procion dyes. It is one solid color, but the light catches it so it doesn’t look that way in the photos. This one is definitely a winner – Jack wears it as soon as it comes out of the wash.
Here he is pondering greatness – or something…
Then I asked him to please show the back.
Yeah, that was not really what I meant, kid. And I’m pretty sure I never asked for this pose, whatever it is…
More sewing! This is design #40 from the fall 2013 Ottobre Design magazine in a size 134. I think it could use another inch or so in the sleeves. It fits right now, but it would be better if it still fit come January. This is the picture I got when I asked Jack to just stand nicely.
The fabric is a sweatshirt knit that was used for a dye disaster, making it perfect for a tester. It is really soft, and Jack likes it, so we’re just going with it. :)
I was told this is his superhero pose. (Note, I did not ask for a superhero pose.)
I have no idea what is going on here. He’s 8.
Overall, he likes it. The pockets seem to want to keep turning out, so I may do something different there next time. Perhaps a kangaroo pocket on the front instead of the side seam pockets… I have some bamboo velour that I dyed some years ago that would look much better sewn up than it does on my shelf, so we’ll see what happens.
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.
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?
After making Jack this top last week, I realized I should have continued while I had my machines threaded with brown thread.
This is the same pattern as before, the #26 Mahpee raglan long sleeve t-shirt from Ottobre 1/2012 in size 134. I didn’t bind the neckline on this one, I just used 2″x15.5″ of the same fabric I used on the sleeves and back, stitched the short ends right sides together and made the neckline from that. I think it works a little better.
My not always cooperative model:
Why yes, we do still have Halloween candy! Do you have children with blue tongues at your house as well?