Monday, December 14, 2015

Sew-Along #30 - Sleepy Bear PJs - Lesson #1

The Sleepy Bear PJs by Ellie Inspired

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Welcome to Day 1 of the Ellie Inspired Sleepy Bear PJ sew along!

If you do not have your pattern yet you can purchase it from the shop. It is a PDF so you can print today and be ready to start. You can purchase a kit as well from the shop. It has everything you need, other than thread, to make a set of cozy pjs!

Before you begin today's lesson, please read all of the pattern directions first. Today's lesson will include how to make a modification of the short sleeve into a long sleeve, and cutting our fabric out. We will only be making the shirt and pants during this sew along. Lets begin!  

1. We will start by making our long sleeve pattern piece. This is just a simple modification of the short sleeve pattern piece. The kits have enough fabric for either the long or short sleeves so you can make whichever one you prefer. Trace out the sleeve size that you need onto tracing paper, tissue paper, or freezer paper, etc, first. Be sure to transfer all the pattern markings onto the paper.

2. Take your child/grandchild and measure down from the edge of the shoulder to the wrist. My son's arm is 11½" long. I then added in a ½" for growing room and an 1" for seam allowance, for a grand total of 13". (My kids all grow super fast so I like to make their pj's sleeves a bit longer.)

3. Using the straight edge of a quilting ruler (or yard stick if you do not have a quilting ruler) measure 13" down from the top of the sleeve. I like to take my sleeve sides out just a tad so that they are not tapered to much at the ends. See the picture below for this. At the bottom of the sleeve pattern piece I have my quilting ruler 1/8" away from the pattern edge and the top of the quilting ruler aligned with the top edge of the short sleeve pattern.

4. Trace 13" down (or whatever your measurement is). Repeat with second side of the sleeve.

5. Take your ruler and connect the bottom of the sleeve you just traced to finish your long sleeve pattern piece.

This method is what I use whenever I am making a long sleeve out of a short shirt sleeve shirt pattern.

This is what the pattern piece will look like now. The black ink is the short sleeve pattern and the blue ink is the one we just made..

A cute option for a girl's top is finishing with a lettuce edge on the sleeves and hem line. If you decide to finish your top this way, be sure to trace your sleeve pattern out with the bottom hem line, the blue line on the picture below.

Now you are ready to trace the rest of your pattern out and start cutting!

This is the list of the pattern pieces you will need to cut out.
  • One Shirt Front
  • One Shirt Back
  • Two Sleeves 
  • One Pocket 
  • One Neck Binding -  If you are not using ribbing you will need to add 2" to your neck binding. For those who purchased kits and are using the knit tee fabric for the binding, please make sure to add the 2".
  •  Two Front Pant Legs
  •  Two Back Pant Legs
  • Four Back Pockets for the Pants
Side Note: The shirt is all knit and the pants are all flannel. I fussy cut the shirt pocket in the flannel though so it would match the pants.

If you are like me and your daughter loves to have her dolls match her pjs, you can also make a pair of doll pj's with your kit's left over fabrics. The kits give you enough fabric to cut out both! Just cut out the same as the list above, except for the pockets, and you are good to go! Just cut the neck binding on the doll as the pattern calls for. The shirt for the doll has hook and loop tape on the backside for ease of dressing.

Happy cutting and see you tomorrow for Day Two!

*If you would like to earn entries into the prize drawing, please make sure to submit a photo of your completed Lesson One to this Facebook Album by 12:00 noon CT, Wednesday, December 16th. If you have any questions the Facebook Group is a great place to ask.

Happy Sewing,
Danielle Storm

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