December 01, 2008
Some models might not wake up for less than $10,000 a day. Mine on the other hand was perfectly happy with the promise of a bowl of cereal and Sesame Street. We do things on the cheap here at Hoppo Bumpo. (Though it does appear that you get what you pay for. The model seems to have rather unprofessionally slept in the outfit).
These little pyjamas are made from a favourite toddler and children's sleepwear pattern - Simplicity 8493 View B. (See some finished examples over here too.) The print I used is that hot new look, seen all the runways this season: green farm machinery. There are also some diggers and frogs in the pipeline too.
The pants are super quick to make as they are cut from just two pieces and have an elasticised waist. The pattern comes with a short variation too. The top, which can also be made with short sleeves for warm weather, is also quite quick to construct. The sleeves are cut in one piece each, as are the front and back.
I diverged from the pattern instructions just a little. I decided not to elasticise the sleeve cuffs, as Argy tends to push the sleeves up to his shoulders, then complain of circulatory problems! I also used sew-in interfacing in the top's facing and then top-stitched the whole thing in place. Over-kill perhaps, but I have a special talent for shredding that (much more convenient) fusible interfacing in the wash.
The most time consuming part of making these pyjamas is probably sewing the buttonholes and buttons. If you are not particularly fond of making buttonholes, I think press studs/poppers would work equally well. They would look a little more subtle than the buttons we have here. Trying to carry through the theme of yellow tractor wheels, I do seem to have gone a bit more Bozo The Clown than John Deere ...