So if you're in the mood for a little sewing this Easter holiday, I thought I'd do a quick review of some of my favourite children's PJ patterns. Hope it gets you inspired!
1. Oliver and S Bedtime Story PJs
This gorgeous pattern is one of the best. The elastic waist pants are super-easy to sew up, and I adore the kimono style top. I made numerous versions of this for Bradley when he was little, and certainly got my money's worth from the pattern! If you want something that looks great, and isn't too difficult, this would definitely be my pick.
The major change I made was to put in snaps instead of ties. Warning though - if your little one is ticklish, you may want to bring the fastenings down a little from the under-arms!!
I believe this pattern is now out of print (someone correct me if I'm wrong) ... although I have just seen that it is listed locally at Kelani Fabrics, so you may still be able to pick it up if you're lucky.
2. Night Owls Pajamas from Ottobre 2009
Another favourite style of PJ for Bradley is a raglan shirt and leggings - soft and cosy; and if you add cuffs to the arms and legs, you can stop them from riding up during the night.
This one is from Ottobre Magazine, which is great value as you get multiple patterns in each magazine, and they're all really versatile (but really, you could use any t-shirt and leggings pattern that you're comfortable with).
If you haven't used European sewing patterns before, you will need to be prepared for a few things. They're not necessarily difficult to make, however the patterns themselves have a few differences to what you might be used to - the sizing is based on height; the tracing takes a little concentration, as there's lots of lines on the page; and you also have to add your own seam allowance. However once you've done a couple, it doesn't take too long to get used to it.
There's also a lot of advice over on the Crafty Mamas forum if you ever get stuck, so please don't let these little quirks hold you back. You can buy back-copies of the Winter 2009 Ottobre from the Crafty Mamas online shop.
3. Farbenmix GuteNacht Pyjamas
I just bought the pattern last week, so this was the first time I'd made it, and it came together without any problems. The Farbenmix patterns are a staple in my stash - simple and stylish; and good value with a large range of sizes and variations.
Like Ottobre, you'll need to add your own seam allowance. Plus the patterns are in German (some of them are released in English, however I'm not sure if they'll have a translation for the PJs). But fear not - there are tutorials you can find online, and lots of people over at Crafty Mamas with experience if you need help.
If you try any of these, I'd love to hear how you go. Or if you have another great PJ pattern that you love, feel free to link up to it.
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