So when my son desperately needed new summer PJ’s I was faced with a problem. Kids’ clothing is pretty expensive here (or cheap market clothing), we weren’t headed back to the US for another month, I didn’t have any material to make new ones, and I was not looking forward to the trip to the fabric market (hauling my son and stroller). So, I asked my husband if he had any t-shirts he was willing to part with. He gave me 3 shirts! Yeah! I made one for a trial (the shorts were great, the shirt was thrown out!). The shirt flop helped me make the changes I needed to have success on the second try. I am very pleased with the whole outcome. Plus, I now have two shirts and three pairs of shorts: FREE pajamas!! Check out my cute model!
I used size X-large for these Pjs, but I think anything over a Large would work. If you are making smaller Pjs, a smaller size would be fine. These are approx size 24 mths.
Making the Pattern: I used the basic idea of this tutorial from MADE to get the idea. I guess I didn’t take any pictures of the shirt, but I just traced the outside edges. If you have one to cut up, it would be a lot easier. I was trying not to ruin the one I was using for a pattern. It was hard to trace the sleeve, but just keep trying.
After the first shirt had sleeves that were way too tight, I had to adjust my pattern. I traced a new one over the old. I had to make adjustments in a few places. Use the first try to figure out what works and what doesn’t.
Here is the shirt I am turning into PJ’s.
Cutting out: Basically you are just cutting out the pieces where you can find material. I cut the pieces for the shorts using the bottom hem of the shirt for the hems of each leg opening. (There are two colors becuase I took pictures of two different shorts) Then for the shirt front and back I cut from the upper chest of the Tee, laying the pattern sideways.
SEWING: I started with the shorts. Sew crotch seam and side seams, right sides together.
Measure the length of elastic needed for child and sew a casing along the top of the shorts. I didn’t fold over twice, just once with a zig–zag finish. Finish off the shorts by threading elastic through the casing. Sew the elastic together and close the remaining hole at the back of the shorts.
Finished! I zig-zagged the bottom of the shorts, even though they were already hemmed. I wanted it to look like they matched the rest of the stitching.
Shirt: With right sides together, pin and sew the sleeves to one side of the shirt, repeat with the other side. You should now have a cape (all sewn but side seams)
Sew side seams. If you want to add decorative stitches to the sleeves or applique something on the front, it can be done before this step.
To finish the neck, trim the opening, if needed for size. This probably took me the longest; picking out the stitches from the neckband. Measure and cut the ribbing from the big shirt. I cut it in half, so it was much thinner, but you could use the whole thing for a thicker neck band.
Top stitch after you have sewn in place with the stitch of your choice.
Here is what my (second attempt) shirt looks like. I appliqued a car to the front for some cuteness. The finishing options are endless….
The final product! Jack loves it!
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