Last weekend temperatures went soaring into the triple digits, so naturally I spent a good chunk of it sitting on our non-airconditioned kitchen sewing new pajamas for me and the girls! Pajama party!
First up are these matching doggie pajamas in super soft double gauze. I’m almost done sewing up all the fabric I purchased at Hart’s Fabrics back in May. This double gauze hadn’t been on my list, but Charlie started to get antsy so I let her pick out a fabric. She latched onto this Shiba Inu print. I thought it was corgis like my sister’s dogs but nope! Wrong dog breed.
Since it was the end of the bolt I bought it all instead of the 1 yard I’d planned. It was a good decision because I was able to just barely get 2 nightgowns from the yardage.
I was really torn on what style to make. I wanted something that could pull on rather than zip or button. Charlie is starting to get better at dressing herself and elastic helps the process along.
A quick glance through my patterns and I easily settled on Simplicity 2913, an It’s Sew Easy pattern that is now out of print. I’ve made the dress version before, but in order to save on fabric I used the top pattern and added a ruffle to the bottom. I could just squeak out both dresses by cutting out the original top pattern then accessing the remaining yardage and cutting it into strips for the bottom. Charlie got a narrower ruffle cut on the grain and Lu got a wider ruffle cut from the cross grain.
The pattern runs a tad bit on the large side since both gap in the back. I cut a 2 for Charlie and a 4 for Lu which is pretty in line with their measurements. I’m not fussed about it because they are kids and these are nightgowns. Most importantly the girls love these and have already worn them twice this week.
Next I turned to my own double gauze nightgown.
It’s another version of the Fifi Pajama pattern only I’ve lengthened the top to make it a nightgown. I really like the top portion of the Fifi and even if it isn’t the most supportive thing ever it is lovely to wear to bed in the summer. I’ve followed the same sizing as my last version and I will say the double gauze is a little stiffer than rayon so I probably could have added a touch more coverage at the bust. Oh well!
The fabric was also picked up in May at the Birch Fabrics store in Paso Robles. I try to stop in when we drive by because you never know what kind of sale you’ll find. This time I paid full price (boo!), but that’s okay. I tend to pay full price for things I really want instead of impulsing buying more fabric during a sale. Though now that I’ve worked with Birch’s double gauze I am tempted to pick up more for summer pjs.
And last up is another set of matching nightgowns for the girls.
So silly! Of the two sets I made these simple but soft shifts were the clear favorite. I can’t blame them. The fabric is some butter yellow cotton jersey rib adorned with green pineapples. I got it in a KnitFix from Girl Charlee. I hated my experience with the Knit Fix. Really and truly hated most of the fabrics I received, but this particular fabric is perfect for nightgowns.
Picking a pattern this time was easy and maybe even unnecessary due to the nature of rib knit. I found my copy of Made by Rae’s Flashback Skinny Tee to trace off the neckline and armscyes then cut a rough shape of a dress. Binding finished the neck and arm holes while the hem is left unfinished. Simple. Fast. Most importantly comfy and cool.
I might make a few more nightgowns in the coming weeks, but we’ll see. I want to make Lu some skater dresses, but she doesn’t need them. School starts one month from today and then she’ll be in uniforms all week. Charlie will be in uniforms as of September first so nightgowns make are logically the right thing to make. Which will win? Logic or my heart?
12 thoughts on “Pajama Party”
I love all the nightgowns! They look so comfy and the little girls are adorable!
Thank you! I’m always happy when the girls willing wear something I’ve made them.
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Definitely look cool and comfy. I remember hot nights and cools sheets and dreamland when I was young (oh so long ago).
And a bed filled with every stuffed animal you own?
Keep these alwaysacraftylady posts and pics a comin.
I will <3!
I hope you have family or friends with children coming up behind so you can pass all these adorable things down when your girls grow out of them, lol! I have been in the mood to sew some jammies, too…I’ve had the Carolyn PJ pattern since it came out, but am intimidated by buttons and plackets. But hey…they’re pyjamis…what better thing to learn & experiment on?
Pajamas are perfect for experimentation. No one else will see any errors! And until recently, no, only little boys. But recently a girl joined the mix, so some what doesn’t get wrecked can be passed along. I’ll admit I selfishly keep a lot of the handmade stuff because it is so precious to me .
Glad to hear you like the Birch double gauze… I just picked some up (the poppies) to make a couple of Ruby tops.
I think it is a little stiffer than the cotton and steel version, but that could just be because I’ve washed the cotton and steel so much more by now.
These are so lovely! The ruffled ones are so cute, but the yellow ones remind me of a nightshirt I had when I was a kid. I LOVED that and wore it until it was way too short. I hope your kids love theirs as much!
Thankfully those yellow nightdresses are so long they should last them until the fabric gives out. So so soft. And thank you!