I recently started a new section of my blog sharing projects that I have developed for classes that are available to make during my flexible sessions and also bookable as private parties or for people looking for me to host a class in their venue.
These pyjama bottoms are a great introduction to dressmaking and very satisfying to come away at the end of a class with a finished item of clothing. I have patterns for this project in ladies, mens and childrens sizes. They are a loose fitting elasticated waist style, super comfy for lounging or wearing in bed, they also make excellent gifts which is a great idea if you are looking to join a sewing class but not sure what to start with, all family members can be catered for while you enjoy getting to grips with the sewing machine.
The following fabric quantities are based on a width of 115cm/45” or wider:
3-4year – 80cm
4-5year – 90cm
5-6year – 90cm
6-7year – 1 metre
7-8year – 1 metre
8-9year – 1 metre
9-10year – 2 metre 150cm/60” wide – 1 metre
10-11year – 2.20metre 150cm/60” wide – 1.10metre
11-12year – 2.20metre 150cm/60” wide – 1.10metre
All sizes 2.50 metres
All sizes 2.50 metres – unless they are very tall and you may need extra fabric in this case.
I suggest medium weight cotton, such as quilters weight cotton, cotton lawn or cotton flannel. These fabrics are easy to work with for beginners projects, they are also easy to source. These examples have been made in Michael Miller cotton flannel.
These PJ trousers are finished with an elasticated waist made by forming a channel for the appropriate size elastic. They have a single inner leg seam which is sewn and neatened with an overlocker. This is always fun for anyone who hasn’t used an overlocker before. I encourage everyone to have a go and try the overlocker but for anyone who would prefer not to I also show alternative techniques.
The hems are finished with a double turned hem. Usually a deep hem. A nice simple project which is suitable for older children to make as well as adults. Perfect for practicing seam allowances as well as some basic useful dressmaking techniques.