~~~ UPDATE: This pattern was released in 2018 under the new name, Simcoe. ~~~
After a long break for the summer, it is great to be introducing you to the newest addition to Pollywoggles... Skyler & Jordan. This is one of those fast sews that has the awesome features of being simple in style & construction and is super comfy. This is "the one" for all seasons of pajamas for this family!
The very best thing about this pattern is that it is designed to combine a little bit of knit on the cuffs and collar with woven fabrics. That's right! This is the perfect pattern for all those amazing cotton prints and cozy flannels that have been calling out to you from your fabric stash or favorite store!
This pattern is all about simplicity. No buttons, no ties, no anything that can get in the way of comfort. The waist if full elastic and the fit is loose and relaxed.
Once you've picked out the perfect woven fabric for the main parts of this pattern, you just need a little bit of knit to bring it all together. It is important that the knit used has good recovery... this means that when you stretch it, it shrinks back nicely to it's original shape fairly quickly. A good quality ribbing that is designed for cuffs and collars, or a quality interlock are great options. If you aren't used to working with knit fabrics, it's nothing to be nervous about with this pattern because you are stitching the knit to a woven, which means you don't need to use any fancy stitches or needles.
For my fellow Canadians, I absolutely have to suggest L'oiseau Fabrics for ribbing and interlock. The quality is totally top-notch and there are tons of colors to choose from too.
I mentioned already that these pajamas are great for all seasons. That's because there are both long and short options included! The short length is perfect for quilting cotton and double gauze (can't you just feel how soft that would be!?), and the length falls to just above the knee and elbow so they are modest and comfortable for lounging around as well as sleeping.
Flannel is my number one choice for the long sleeved and pants options (or short sleeves and pants is a great pair too!). I've made sure that this design gives a little extra length in the sleeves and legs so that no matter how your kids twist, turn, or curl up, there is plenty of length to keep them comfortable and warm.
The shirt too is designed with a little extra length so it doesn't ride up and expose a belly or back to getting cold.
This is the time of year when people who have made a tradition of making Christmas pajamas start thinking about fabrics and patterns. I'm hoping that Skyler & Jordan ends up being the PJs that are being worn by lots of excited kids on Christmas morning!
To help kick off this pajama-making season, I am inviting you to join me starting Tuesday October 10th for a Sew-A-Long featuring this pattern! This event will be happening in my Sewing Circle on Facebook, so join now to watch for more details and to get a special coupon code. Then head on over and pick up your copy in the Pattern Shop at the new release price valid today through this weekend!
As this pattern is intended for woven fabrics and a loose fit, it is necessary to note that many fabrics have a statement to the effect of “not intended for children’s sleepwear” on the selvage. This is due to regulations regarding certain standards of fire resistance. Cottons and flannels that do not have fire retardant chemicals added to the fabric will carry this statement. If the garment you are making is intended for personal use, it is important to understand what this label means before deciding whether or not you will use the fabric. If you intend to sell a garment made for sleepwear, you must ensure you are in compliance with these regulations by using only fabric that meets the applicable standards.
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