Projects – Pyjama bottoms for children and adults.

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.

Fabric requirements:

The following fabric quantities are based on a width of 115cm/45” or wider:

Kids sizes:

2-3year -80cm

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


Ladies sizes:

All sizes 2.50 metres


Mens sizes:

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.

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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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