A last minute Christmas gift for my little guy. I was in Joann’s getting stuff for the tree skirt, when I spied the print (ok, I looked for it). Paw Patrol is his favorite TV show, so I knew he’d love it. He’s been living in them since. I took the pictures Christmas morning, after he slept in them; please excuse the wrinkles
Pattern Description: From pattern envelop: Robe has tie belt and patch pockets; top with long or short sleeves has partial front button closure and front pleat; pull on pants or shorts have either drawstring or elasticized waistline; pants have optional elastic at ankles. I made the long sleeve top with pants (elastic waist, open legs).
Sizing: Boys 3-4, 5-6, 7-8. I made size 3-4. My son is 43 inches tall, 22.5 inch waist, which matches the pattern description. He wears a 4 in Old Navy. I knew these would be too big – the pants would not stay up and I had to make an emergency 2-inch tuck so that he could wear them right away. I shortened the pants two inches from the start.
Fabric Used: A novelty cotton – licensed character print from JoAnn’s Fabric. Not high quality – the print was a little off grain. And no, it does not meet flammability standards for children’s sleepwear. For the interfacing, I used Pro-woven light crisp from Fashion Sewing Supply. I thought it would be too crisp, but it turned out just right.
Tips Used during Construction: A Tutorial on Topstitching, from Ann Steeves. What I learned from her post was to try different techniques to get a straight even line. She found an overlock foot gave her the most control on her project. Here, the topstitching is 1.25 inches from the edge, so I used electrical tape on the machine/needleplate to give a raised edge. This, along with going slow, gave me the control I needed. I also used the instructions at Colleterie for the felled seams. Claire Schaeffer’s Fabric Sewing Guide.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
Construction Notes: I used flat-felled seams for all seam finishes. Where I could, I used the felling foot. Otherwise, I carefully measured, trimmed, etc. I used the 6mm felling foot, and it took me a minute or two to figure out how much to trim (duh, 6mm, or 1/4 inch). I also did the shirt tail hem using the directions from Claire Schaeffer’s Fabric Sewing Guide for a narrow machine hem. It looked much nicer/professional than what the pattern suggested. Finally, the drawings showed the top of the casing for the pants as edge-stitched, but don’t ask you to do this. I did it.
Likes/Dislikes: like how cute they are, but don’t like how big they are.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? yes, but I have other boy’s pj styles to try first.
Things I learned: I’m slowly getting the hang of the felling foot! And trust my instincts on the size. Since this was a surprise, I couldn’t fit him directly – but I used a pair of pjs that fit him well as a guide. These are huge! But he loves them. Oh, and I didn’t try to match the pattern, only made sure it was even horizontally. I’ve got to work on that.