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Topic: Sewing for Boys: Good Night Sweetheart Pajamas  (Read 916 times)
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« on: May 10, 2013 08:26:40 PM »

This is my third review for a pattern from the Sewing for Boys book, which comes with 24 patterns with actual pattern pages, so I figure this qualifies as a pattern.  Many of the reviews I saw on Amazon were for people just excited that there was a boys sewing book (totally get that) but it seemed like they hadn't actually tried the patterns.  So I figured reviewing the ones I tried would help other moms of boys out there.  Anyway, this review is for the Good Night Sweetheart Pajamas pattern and I would consider my clothing making abilities more on the advanced side.

My son is normally a size 3 on bottoms & a size 4 on tops.  I made the top in a size 4/5 and the bottoms in a 2/3.  And here is what happened.


Eh hem.  So as you can see, it is a tad on the big side.  My husband and I were giggling putting him in these tonight but really, the sizing on the patterns in this book is frustrating.  A 2/3 vs. a 4/5 in little kids sizes can be some pretty big differences, so if there is another version, I REALLY hope they break out the sizing a little more.  I highly recommend trying any of this books patterns on cheap fabric first.  So I think my next set is going to be making the top in a 2/3 and the pants again in a 2/3 but shortening the length a couple inches & maybe even take in the side a little bit.  I grant that my son has short legs, but he is filling out almost all of his 3T pants these days and these PJ pants are clearly at least 2 too long. Ill save him this pair for a year and a half from now maybe.  Smiley

Anyway, the pattern itself is cute.  The instructions were easy to follow & I had no mishaps, although I think they could have had some more useful diagrams in there.  And I think the yardage requirements are about half a yard short and there were no fabric layouts provided.  I dont know that I like the front facing without interfacing, but no biggie.  I was apprehensive about the piping but it was easy too. I do really wish the authors included a summer version of PJs in their book, but I think the pattern selection is slanted more toward the northern half of the country.  I live in the south & it is just too hot & humid to wear pants & long sleeves in the summer.

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This is a size 2/3, with the pants shortened 2".  Still baggy & still too long, so I think it's closer to a size 4.


And made in a girl version for my friend's daughter...


Here is a summer version I made, shortening the pants to shorts and putting short sleeves on the top.  I used novelty prints & made him several pair.

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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2013 05:39:41 AM »

Too bad the sizing isn't quite right, but hopefully he'll grow into them because they're really cute.

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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2013 06:32:25 AM »

Thanks! Luckily I got flannel at $3/yard at Joann's so I have more to experiment with the sizing.

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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2013 12:49:11 PM »

Cute pajamas. At least, they aren't too small! Wink
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