I get tired of the very limited PJs out there for boys. And the ones that are out there all seem to be made from flimsy polyester that pills if you so much as look at it. So I saw some really cute knit & after my luck with the Varsity Cowl Neck Pullover
, I decided to give the Alex & Anna Winter PJs pattern a shot. It is unisex and the pattern included sizes 6 months - 8 years. I made the size 5 and I followed the pattern exactly.
This pattern was super easy and although I did most of the sewing on my serger, you do not have to use a serger. Like the pullover, the front & back pieces (which had different necklines) were not two separate pieces so you had to cut the back out out & then cut the pattern piece to cut the front (alternately, I'd just print the top pieces twice so you have them ready to go). I also didn't like way the neckline went in because you can kind of see stitching (rather than making it like a tube you ease in, but not a big switch for next time. I also wish that it came with a fabric layout since it seemed kind of tight and involved some interesting fabric manipulating.
The pattern lines were nicely drafted (unlike some other patterns I have gotten on Etsy that were hand drawn). I also LOVED that it came with measurements for the elastic waist (instead of "measure your child" instructions). When you are making a gift for someone else or trying to make them a size ahead so your child can grow into them, this is great. I will definitely be making more of these - just need to get some more knits. I wish it went up to a size 10 like the other pattern. And I wish it gave separate yardage requirements for making the top in a different coordinating fabric from the pants (you have to measure).
A couple pair I made for a friend's daughter: