Monday, December 15, 2014

Sew-Along #20 - Sleepover Pajamas - Lesson #4

The Sleepover Pajamas by Oliver+S

Welcome to the Sleepover Pajama sew-along.  If you have any questions, suggestions, or tips to share; please make sure to post them on our Facebook group.  Also, if you would like to see any of the images larger that are posted in this blog, just click on them.  It might be helpful in some steps.  
NOTE: Please make sure you read over the Oliver-+S instructions prior to starting this lesson.  We will be working on page 8-10 today.  You will need to keep these O+S instructions open and where you can read them as you go through the lesson.  The O+S instructions give a more thorough and detailed description of each step and will be necessary to complete these pajamas.
Today we will:
  1. Assemble the Legs
  2. Prepare the Pants Cuff
  3. Create the Waistband

A. Assemble the Legs

I like to construct pants a little differently from the instructions on the pattern.  O+S uses the proper technical way to sew them, I just use the easy way.  Below is how I do mine.

1. Line up the curved seam of the pants and sew together.  Finish the seam.

2. Turn the pants so that the leg seams line up and sew.  Finish the seam.

B. Prepare the Pants Cuff

This is probably my FAVORITE method of adding cuffs!  I really love the construction of these pants!!!

1. Sew short sides of cuffs together.  Press seam open.

2. Press a 1/2 in hem on one long edge of two of the cuffs.

3. If you are doing View A skip down to step 7, please.
If you are doing View B, fold the ruffle in half with right sides together.  Press.

4. Run a basting stitch the length of the ruffle.

5. Pull the threads so the ruffle is the same size as the cuff.  Pin ruffle onto raw edge of cuff facing.

6.I basted the ruffle in place, I'm bad about letting things move around on me.

7. Pin the unfolded edge to the cuff facing at the ruffled edge.  Stitch.

8. Pin all layers to bottom of pants.  Stitch.

9. Once the cuffs are attached to the pants, press the cuffs toward the right side.  Topstitch the cuffs in place.  Turn the cuffs up so the ruffle is at the top of the cuff.

C. Create the Waistband

1. Stitch the short end of the waistband together.  Press seam flat.

2. Create a hem.

3. Attach the waistband to the pants. Press the seam up toward the waistband.

4. Fold the waistband over to create a casing for the elastic.

5. Topstitch around the waistband being sure to leave an opening for the elastic.

6. Insert elastic and thread all the way through the waistband.

7. Secure elastic together at the ends.

8. Close up the opening left to thread the elastic through.

Congratulations!!!  Your "little" has a new pair of comfy cozy PJ's.

* If you would like to enter the prize drawing, please make sure you submit a picture of your completed lesson one to the Facebook Album by 12:00 noon CT, Wednesday, December 17th.  Also, if you have any questions the Facebook Group is a great place to ask.

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