You will need:
- Construction paper
- Sharp scissors
- a measuring tape and your own adorable model
- a pin cushion and straight pins
- 1 1/4 yds each flannel fabric (2 different but matching fabrics for reversible size 24mo)
- basic sewing machine
- a large safety pin
- elastic or ribbon.
First you need to measure your model. Remember to add 1/2 in to all measurements to allow for 1/4 in seam on either side!! You will need to measure from the top of the shoulder to the waist line or just past depending on how low you want the top to hang (image to right). Then you will need to measure across the back (or chest) from arm pit to arm pit (image below left). When you get your measurement add about 3 1/2 inches to allow for movement and 1/4 in seam. For the back of the pj's you will then need to divide your measurement by 2 since you will be cutting on a fold. Next you will need measure the length of the shoulder (image below right). Once you get your measurements mark all accordingly on your construction paper and trace a pattern to look like the one above, you should be able to connect the dots!! Next cut out your pj's back pattern.
For the sleeve, you will need to measure the your back pattern (the large curve) from the bottom of the shoulder to the arm pit (where we are going to connect the sleeve). Use that measurement for the top curved of this pattern. Measure from the bottom of your models shoulder to their wrist. This will be the longest measurement on this pattern. For the cuff loosely measure around your child wrist. Use your judgment on this measurement, it is meant to be loose fitting. Since this will be cut on a fold, cut your wrist measurement in half. Mark you measurements and connect the dots. Should look like image to the right.
I always sew the pants first for two reasons, 1) they are easier than the top and 2) once they are done you get a boost of confidence if you are a beginner (I am not a beginner but I have been teaching beginner for a while).
Place right side together and sew the inseam on both pant legs. Open the seam and press it. They should look like this when finished with this step.
Place right sides of pants together by placing on leg inside the other. Match up the crotch of the pants.
Place WRONG sides together and sew the strip, DON'T CUT the thread short, you will need some length for the next step.
Now gather the fabric of the waist band. To do this you take one piece of the thread and pull, the fabric should start to gather. As the fabric gathers you need to push it along down the length of the fabric or it will get stuck.
Now you will string your elastic or ribbon. If you are using elastic you need to measure the waist of you model so the pants will fit snugly but not too tight. Use a large safety pin to string your elastic through the pants (you will use the hole you left in the back of the pants). Once you have your elastic through the waist band hand sew the waist band together. Once it is sewn together cover it with the fabric and you can now sew the back holes closed if you like.
If you are using a ribbon, cut two small holes in the front of the waist band. String the ribbon through these holes on either side. You can now sew the back hole together keep the ribbon from slipping out. Tie a couple knots in the ribbon to prevent them from slipping into the pants when you wash them. Hem the bottom and you're done!!! You can a add a hem or make another pair of pants and sew them to the inside of these to make them reversible. If you get stuck at any point message me and I will get back to you ASAP :-)