Matching Christmas pyjamas has been a tradition in our family since Theo was born. It feels super cozy to wear new pyjamas to bed and wake up early in the morning to unwrap our gifts wearing them. Last year, we even had our extended family join us with the matching pyjamas. This year, I thought I would self-draft pyjamas for our family- I mean it could not be that difficult.. right?
Lessons of Self-Drafting Pyjamas
Well, let me tell you I learned a thing or two sewing these pyjamas up. First, go early to get the best selection of fabric- I failed. The selection on Christmas flannel pyjama prints were low. I did manage to get old pricing on this black and grey flannel which saved me some money and I lucked out because it matched last year’s pyjama shirts perfectly!
Next, you cannot simply trace around an old pair of pyjama pants and leave seam allowances when your body has curves. I made a pair for myself, and well learned the hard way that the front piece and the back piece are different shapes! Of course this allows for more room for the butt. With a bit of math and more tracing, I cut one of my legs in half. This was my front piece. Then, I made two back pieces by tracing the front sections, adding about a 1 inch seam allowance and extended the crotch line to make it fit. Needed, some creativity with my set to make it fit. This is definitely, not how you would probably fix a pair of pants, but it worked for me. No wonder garment making is on my list of goals for 2019. Let this forever be my first lesson haha! After these lessons, I found it pretty easy to self-draft Theo’s pyjamas and they turned out perfectly.
In any case, it was fun to make these Christmas pyjamas for the family. Perhaps they may be a tradition for years to come. I also managed to save some money by reusing our last years pyjama shirts. For Theo I bought a plain white cotton shirt from Carters since his shirt no longer fits.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and New Year! I cannot wait for 2019 and to see where the next year will take me with Kukaru Designs.