Projects – Appliqued jersey pyjama top for ladies or kids.


This is the counterpart to the PJ trouser project that I posted last week. Another project that is available to make in my sewing classes. The project can include a simple letter appliqued using a sewing machine, or can be made plain for a one session make. This is a good introduction to sewing with jersey fabrics. It can be sewn together using an overlocker or a regular sewing machine, you can try out both if you like.

The sizes available are childrens sizes 2-11 years and ladies sizes 10-18

Fabric requirements:

Fabric width 150cm/60″

Childrens sizes

2-6 years = 60cm

6-11 years = 1.20m

Ladies sizes

size 10 – 18 = 1.40m

I suggest a light to medium weight cotton jersey such as interlock or single jersey. I used cotton elastane jersey for these samples.The fabric needs to have a minimum of 50% stretch.

The style includes an self fabric neck band and easy flat sleeve insertion.

We look at different options for hemming jersey including twin needle finish.

Using the overlocker to finish hems as well as how to sew a hem on a regular sewing machine.

The top and the bottom make a good introduction to working with woven and knit fabrics as well as basic garment construction. They are perfect for personalised gifts for family and friends too.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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