Finally got my little sister to cough up some pictures of the pajamas I made for her for Christmas! I should have remembered to take some pictures when I was in Australia, because here they are looking like she’s just rolled out of bed in them…. sigh. Oh well, they’re still pretty cute! And she does get bonus points for the cat in the background.
The Pattern: Lakeside Pajamas by Grainline Studios
The Fabric: August Stampede cotton lawn in teal. By Sarah Watts for Cotton & Steel, bought from Fabric.com, here. Looks like it’s on sale right now!
I love this fabric, it’s perfect for smooth cool summer pajamas. Very light but not too sheer, so it didn’t need a lining. Felt lovely to work with. I used a bubblegum pink bias tape (also from fabric.com) for the binding, the print has some pink in it and I think it goes perfectly.
This is a really great pattern, and came together very easily… well, except for one rough spot. I really struggled with the bias binding at the point where it overlaps and runs up the side seam on the shorts! There may be a tutorial somewhere on how to do this better, but I didn’t check it out… I kind of had to force it flat, and it’s a bit wonky in that one spot. Oh well, it’s those little defects which add the character that generic store bought clothing lacks.
Since I live in Korea, I didn’t get to try it on her beforehand, and was working off the measurements my mum sent me. If I made them for her again, I would size up, because they are a bit snug. Her measurements were in between size 8 and a 10, so I went with the 10, thinking that would leave enough room for a bit of the “freshman 15” when she goes off to college this fall. Next time, I’m definitely making the 12! However, I’m not sure whether the measurements my mum sent me were totally correct, so I’d hesitate to judge the pattern on this.
I made these pajamas for her, because I loved the look of the pattern but really doubted it would look good on someone plump and busty like me. Things like these are much better on her body type. However, when I was making them, I decided that I really do want some for myself, regardless of how flattering they’d be… I’ve now taped together and cut out another print of the pattern pdf in my size. It’s sprawled all over my couch, waiting for my attention. We’ll see how that goes.
I’ll leave you with a picture of the back, alas, looking even more rumpled than the front (but with just as much cat).