Let’s get one thing clear… THESE ARE NOT PYJAMAS…
I say this, because I have another pair of jersey trousers that I made for Isaac, and every time he wears them, one of the teacher’s at Lily’s school, seems to think that I haven’t bothered to get him dressed for the day!
I have had this organic jersey dinosaur fabric set aside for a while now, in fact, since Cirque Du Bebe created a tutorial for baby sarouels… yikes, that was almost a year ago! I also had some organic jersey in this teal colour, just hanging around, waiting to be used up! I more recently came across these gorgeous trousers on Neve and Hawk and I really wanted to make a pair. Laziness, was answered in the form of the Easy Piece Jersey Pants, from Ottobre Design Summer 3/2013, which arrived the other day. The pattern was actually for a shorts length leg, so I extended the leg piece using a pair of Isaac’s trousers as a guide. I only had single jersey in the teal, although the pattern actually calls for rib. The other change I made, was that I cut the cuff on the fold, so I could double it over, just for ease with attaching it really. I made a size 98 (2-3 years) and I used organic cotton sewing thread and my new overlocker for everything, apart from attaching the clear elastic to the waist. This pattern was so super easy to make, there is 1 pattern for the whole front piece and 1 for the whole of the back piece. It was ridiculously quick to sew up!
I only have the two different colours in the 5000m Spools of Organic Cotton Thread (although all of the colours are available to order (out of stock colours take 2-3 weeks to dispatch), but I thought that the orange went perfectly with this deep blue/purple. I busted out my twin needle, for the first time EVER. and created this gorgeous contrast stitching on the hem and the cuffs. I was so apprehensive, as I had to sew these last touches on my regular sewing machine, which is a nightmare with knits! The pattern is the Beachy Boatneck, which I bought as part of the Surf Collection from Pattern Anthology and I made a size 2T. I love the 3/4 length sleeves and the shaped, longer body of the t-shirt. Up until I made the reverse applique, this was a really quick easy shirt to make!
I made this rough sketch of a dinosaur (which you can use if you want, I only ask that you refer people back to this site to download it and that you credit me, if you use it!), and then traced it onto iron on stabiliser, which I fixed to the front of the shirt.
The very last step was to cut out the centre of each applique piece. Gorgeous pops of colour!
I will hopefully get some action shots tomorrow, but I am not holding my breath. Two year olds are not the most patient or cooperative of models!