My youngest boy has been, despite my wishes to keep him small for a bit longer, growing quickly. And the poor boy has been without proper bed clothes for a time, having worn a hole in the knees of one of the last pair of pajama bottoms that fit, and calling upon the use of comfortable t-shirts for tops.
I spied the Oliver+S Sleepover Pajama pattern at my local fabric store and thought that it would be quite perfect for new nighttime attire, bonus that I can make it for both boy and girls, double bonus because it has pockets! (And triple bonus for me, as my fabric source is a secret. See if you can guess what it is before you read the secret at the bottom of my post.)
I stitched these up for Silas out of soft and warm flannel, and he put them on promptly and danced around, celebrating his brand new pajamas, with pockets, of course, for this boy has many treasures and he must keep them close by at all times.
The pattern calls for a coordinating fabric for the facing, pocket yoke and hem cuff, but I didn’t have one, so I was oh-so-crafty and turned my pattern pieces on the side to make the stripes go the other way. Genius, yes? (Please don’t deflate my ‘very proud of myself for thinking of it’ self by telling me this is done often. I prefer to relish in my joy of the moment for coming up with the idea all by myself.) Sadly, his celebrating mood was short lived, for the following morning Silas awoke with quite a tummy ache and spent much of the day abed. Though I like to think that his sick time was made a little better by very nice, comfortable and warm, new pajamas.
He slumbered for several hours yesterday afternoon, and then popped right back up again, healthy and better and ready to play again.
So did you guess my secret for the fabric?
I made these from the top of a sheet set. The fitted sheet was so worn that it finally tore through, rendering the sheets unmendable and unusable for the purpose for which they were made. But oh, that fabric! So soft and warm and perfect for pajamas, yes? And even the buttons were from a thrifted item. So these pajamas were frugally made indeed!