Last year, I made him two pajamas from their Bedtime Story Pajama pattern, which is now out of print but available for a download purchase. I like the Bedtime Story Pajamas because there are no buttonholes to make or snaps to attach. However, I did have to tie his top up every evening and sometimes he pulled the wrong end in the morning when getting dressed. And as any boy would, he tugged and pulled until he ripped the tie out. This happened enough times for me to label this a “girls-only” pajama pattern.
I was a little unsure of the details in the Sleepover Pajamas (below). I’m not a fan of spending my time on useless details for boys clothes. Like pockets on a pajama top. But I did it anyway. And I’m so happy with how they came out. I love the facing too. Reminds me of those old-fashioned baseball uniform shirts.
The only bummer was that I made a size larger (size 8 because he’s 7.5 years old) in hopes that he’d be able to wear the pajamas for 2 years. I folded the sleeve’s and pant’s cuffs under and basted them. I even used some button-hole elastic and made the waist adjustable.
But when he tried the pjs on, he was swimming in them and remarked, “Mommy! I’m going to still be wearing these when I’m 10 years old!!” And so now I’m making him another set in a size 7 and I will still hem up the pant’s cuff, but not the sleeves.
And here is the problem. I didn’t take his measurements beforehand. And I was explaining all this to Shane when I realized that I’m missing one of the greatest advantages of sewing for my kids: customization!!! Caleb and Ana are both average height, but they are skinny and have short legs. Charlotte is bigger all around.
|Age||7.5 yo||nearly 3 yo||20 months|
*I gave a range for the girl’s inseam because I would make leggings shorter than pants.
This was really interesting. According to Caleb’s measurements, he ranges from a size 4 to a size 6 in Oliver+S patterns. So, now it makes perfect sense that a size 8 was *way* too big. The good news is that I won’t have to worry about making him new pjs a year or two from now.
And I think it’s really cute that Charlotte is just as thick as Ana. Eating. It really does make a difference 😉