I made these pyjama bottoms for my son, from tracing the pattern to hemming, in a single evening. The pattern is from Sewing for Boys by Shelley Figueroa and Karen Lepage. When I first bought this, I thought it had some nice patterns but wasn’t sure I’d make a lot of them. But having had a more in-depth look, the patterns are stylish and very adaptable.
I knew I wanted to make some pyjama bottoms using Children at Play Racer Stripes Flannel, and had bought some for this purpose a while ago. It is a beautifully soft flannel, a delight to stitch and washes very well. The pyjamas have been in the wash and came out perfect.
I learned some new techniques making these – “turn and stitch hem”, where you turn under the raw edges of your seam allowance and sew it down on either side of your seam, and the flat fell seam. Both of the seams are very sturdy and neat, and didn’t take as long as I expected either. I think that is partly to do with the fabric I used, as it stayed in position when being sewn so I didn’t need to use many pins.
I left out the faux fly detail, but otherwise sewed as written. Next time, I might not bother with having a longer hem (which is folded over and bar tacked) but I appreciate the detail as he’ll be able to wear them for longer. They are a little long at the moment anyway, as he is in between the 2-3 and 4-5 years sizes, so I made 2-3 with some added length. Its these simple, useful items that make crafting worthwhile.