One of our favorite family Christmas traditions is new pajamas on Christmas Eve. We usually go to church and then come home to open one present, which is always new pajamas. Some years I have made them, others were store bought. Usually we match, or at least have similar pajamas. This year I was talking to my girls about our pajamas, and we decided that it would be nice to have them early so we could enjoy them as we prepare for Christmas.
My favorite pajama pattern is the Movie Night Pajamas from Sew a Little Seam. You can see the pajamas I made during testing here. I wear my Movie Night pajamas a lot! So when I was deciding what pattern to use for our Christmas pajamas, it was an easy choice! When I found this green fabric from Girl Charlee for less than $3/yard, I knew I wanted it for our pajamas. The only problem was, even though it is a cotton jersey blend knit, it didn’t have the required stretch for the pattern. While I recommend following the patterns fabric requirements, sometimes you just have to try and make it work when you find the perfect fabric. I’ll explain how I was able to adjust the pattern to make this fabric work.
I wear a size 0/2 in the Movie Night pajamas, and three of my daughters do too. Only my youngest is still in a girls size. Even though I knew a size 0/2 would probably not work because of the stretch, I decided to sew it up anyway just to see how much I would need to alter the pattern. While I could get them on, they were tight and didn’t have enough rise. Fortunately they worked great for my 11 year old.
Next, I went up a size to the 4/6. I also added 1.5″ to the top of the pattern. For the cuffs and waistband I used white double brushed poly (DBP). Since the DBP has the right amount of stretch, I cut those out at our regular size of 0/2. This pair worked great for my 13 year old, who is at the lower end of the 0/2 measurements.
Next, I again went up a size to the 8/10. I made the same 1.5″ adjustment to the top of the pattern and still used DBP cuffs in size 0/2. This pair fit me well.
For my 15 and 16 year olds, I made one final adjustment. They were both blessed with amazing calf muscles, that they get from their Dad. To adjust for this I used the same adjusted 8/10 pattern from my pants, and graded out about 1/2″ on each side of the leg from about where the knee is, down to the bottom. This final adjustment worked well for my older girls.
I also made 3 pairs of doll pajamas out of the leftover scraps.
After finishing all our pants, I didn’t want my husband to be left out. So even though this is a Mommy & Me Christmas Sewing blog tour, I did make him some Rebel sweatpants from Wardrobe by Me using the same fabric.
Did you notice all of our shirts? Last year I made us each a shirt with our favorite quote from the movie Elf. The quotes are:
11 year old: “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?”
13 year old: “Cotton headed ninny muggins.”
15 year old: “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.”
16 year old: “So good news, I saw a dog today.”
Mine: “I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite.”
Husband: “Son of a nutcracker!”
Another thing I love about the Movie night pajamas, is that they are pretty quick to make. During testing I used some awesome Marvel fabric on one of my pairs. At the time I couldn’t find any more of it at Joann’s, but then I found it at a store where my parents live. My mom went and got some for us and brought it when she came to visit recently. Major points for Grammy! Since I already had the pattern out, I made four more pairs for my girls. They each picked out which color of DBP they wanted for the waistband and cuffs. I was able to use our normal 0/2 size, since this fabric has the appropriate stretch. I had enough for my husband to get another pair of Rebel sweatpants, and I had two scraps big enough for doll pajamas. I didn’t get a picture of us in this set of pajamas, but here they are.
If you have lost count, that’s 15 pairs of pajamas made in two days! (9 Movie Night, 2 Rebel Sweatpants, and 4 doll)
I am so thankful that my girls are still willing to match with their mama (and daddy). It was so fun making these matching pajamas for the Mommy and Me Christmas sewing blog tour.
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Modifications: I sized up 1-2 sizes to accommodate the lack of stretch in my fabric. I also added 1.5″ to the top of the pattern. For my two oldest daughters I added some room in the calf area.
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