January 9, 2017

Now that Christmas is behind us, I can finally share these pjs that I made for my kids. I knew that I wanted a zip up, long john type of pattern (which is suprisingly hard to find) and ended up using this Jalie footed pajama pattern. This was my first time using a Jalie pattern so it was fun to try them out. An added bonus of the pattern is that it includes kids and adult sizes in the same pattern so if I ever need an adult sized footed pajama pattern (I’ve got Camp Workroom Social 2017 on my mind) then I am ready to go.

The pattern was really fast to sew up and pretty straight forward. The illustrations and instructions are a little bare, but because it’s such an easy sew it wasn’t a problem. I got a little confused when adding the pockets but ended up just making my own way to put them on which worked out fine. The pockets are actually my favorite part. Not many pjs have pockets but these are really flat so its not bulky or uncomfortable at all.

For fabric I used this really fun Christmas sweater print that I found on My Fabric Designs. I love that it has the look of a classic, somewhat cheesy, Christmas sweater, but it’s printed on organic cotton knit to make it comfy and soft on my kids skin. The red fabric is some cotton interlock from JoAnns. I initially intended on making both of the pjs out of the fun sweater knit print, but I didn’t calculate the yardage right so I ended up using the the red as the main fabric for my sons pjs and the sweater knit for the contrast.

My kids love the pjs so I call them a success. My only negative is that I personally wish they were a bit more fitted. I realize that is completely personal preference, but I would love to have a pjs pattern for my kids that is a more fitted zip up like a true long john look. I’ve been seeing that style in ready to wear lately and think it’s so cute. If anyone has any pattern suggestions let me know.

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  • Reply Knitlass January 9, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Try ottobre magazine winter 2015. That has some onesies that are a slimmer fit.

  • Reply Jessamy January 9, 2017 at 7:43 PM

    I guess you know what your next pattern will be…ha! Kidding! However, I’m picturing a Hudson pants/ Flashback skinny tee mash up. (The combo I used for my kids Xmas jammies). And perhaps you could use a similar construction method to what you made here, just adapt the pattern pieces?

  • Reply Ruth January 9, 2017 at 8:43 PM

    I’ve used Jalie patterns for leotards for my girls (4 and 7) and they are great, they are easy to size to get the right length to eliminate tugging on the behind. also if I ever need a leotard in my size I am all set :p

  • Reply wendi January 10, 2017 at 2:28 AM

    Those are adorable. I’m sure your kids are very comfortable in the looser fitting pyjamas, I know I would be!

  • Reply Amber January 10, 2017 at 9:05 PM

    Peek A Boo patterns, Amy Hindman, has a long johns style pattern with butt flap and all. I’m not sure of sizing, though.

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