No, I do not live in the West, never have, maybe someday. And, unfortunately these jammies don't have any cowboys/cowgirls on them either. Oh well.
Regardless, this is the easiest pajama dress to make, for reals.
*Fits girls from about 5 to 10, depending on how long they like their jammies.
- 1 yard fabric 54" wide (1 1/2 yard of 44" wide)
- 1 1/2 yards lastin or fold over elastic (FOE)
- Sewing machine
- scissors/rotary cutter with mat
- decorations of choice
1- Cut 2 rectangles of fabric measuring 15 inches x 9 inches (with the grain lines parallel to the 9" side). These will be the sleeves.
Also cut 2 rectangles of fabric measuring 30 inches x 22 inches, with the grain lines parallel to the 22 inch side. Theses will be the front and back.
2- Fold your fabric in half with your fold on the left, and your two 9 inch sides on the right. Mark 5 inches down from the top outer corner along the 9 inch side, and 4 inches over from the top of the outer along the 7.5 inch side. (photo above)
3- Place a ruler as though you were drawing a line between the two points, and cut along that line. (photo below). Be sure NOT to cut the side where the fold is!
4- Repeat the last two steps to the other sleeve, and to the top portion of the two larger sections that were cut for the front and back. When you fold the front/back pieces in half, fold them so that your rectangle will measure 30 inches x 11 inches when folded.
These cuts will make your raglan style sleeves.
5- Using a serger, or a narrow zig-zag stitch, sew a sleeve to each side of the front, and one side of the back like this:
6- Take your lastin, and using a smaller zig-zag stitch, sew the lastin along the neck edge and the bottoms of both sleeves about 1/2 inch from the edge. Be sure to stretch the lastin as you are sewing.
7- Sew the remaining sleeve/body seam. Now your jammies should look like this:
8- Finish the jammies by sewing each side seam going from the edges of the sleeves all the way down to the bottom. Don't forget to add you labels if you have them!
- Sew lastin to the bottom 6 inches (or so) of each side seam, giving your jammies a rouching on the sides and a rounded bottom.
- Sew button(s) or bow(s) to the front of the jammies for decoration (and that way they can easily figure out the front side of them).
Side note: this pattern can be easily adjusted by simply changing the dimensions of your original rectangles to make other sizes, and besides, it's a jammie dress, it doesn't need to fit perfectly.
Just a reminder, my patterns are for your personal use and enjoyment only. They have not been tested, so if you find an error feel free to let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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