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Gingham Pyjamas

Have you ever made a pair of trousers, pants or shorts?

If you have never dared to make yourself a pair of trousers, shorts or pants before because you are concerned about getting the fitting right, then how about having a go at making a pair of pyjamas with an elasticated waist. It’s an easy way to have a go at making pants.

Gingham PJs image
Gingham PJs

As you know I’ve been exploring sewing different garments from gingham fabric throughout the entire month of April as a chance to explore this versatile fabric. I like so many things about it, the budget price for one and the fact that is does not have a right or wrong side and it both washes and irons very easily. I have had some style issues with using the Gingham fabric though because of it’s long association with children’s wear and country interiors, especially the pale, lighter and more pastel shades of gingham check. I used the small pink check to sew the shirt with the ¾ sleeves at the beginning of the month, you can’t go wrong with a checked shirt, and I like the way it turned out with the bright pink buttons down the front. My favourite make of the month has to be the black gingham dress which I completed last week. I think that the black check almost looks like a summer version of hounds tooth fabric. It has certainly convinced me that adults can wear this fabric and style it in a smart and elegant way.

So after all the fun of gingham month I need a rest (from the checked stuff, not from sewing) so I have made myself this pair of pink, large check pyjama bottoms to relax in!

This was the perfect opportunity for me to use my fancy embroidery stitches on my sewing machine, to embellish the pocket edges.

Gingham PJs Detail image
Gingham PJs Detail
Gingham PJs image
Gingham PJs

The pattern I’ve used for these gingham pyjamas is an amalgamation of two patterns which have merged together over time into my own pants pattern. It is part Burda, from one of the magazines, and part New Look. I also think that it is probably not a conventional size anymore but my own personal size instead. I love it when that happens with a pattern, when it becomes your own and you can rely on it and come back to visit it over and over for different makes, changing it for the season or for it’s use.

Gingham PJs Layout image
Gingham PJs Layout

I enjoyed the challenge of pattern matching.

Gingham PJs Layout image
Gingham PJs Layout

 

This is the first time that I have chosen to make sleepwear from this block. In the past I have used it for lightweight summer pants with both slim and wide legs, just altering the taper of the width of the leg but always keeping the pattern top the same so that the fit around the body is right.

Gingham Pjs image
Gingham Pjs

How to sew a shirt yoke into place

Cut out your garment, two fronts, a back and two yoke pieces.
You can see I’ve used a fabric for this demonstration with a definite right and wrong side to make it easier to see what is going on.

Shirt Yoke Dress Making - Sewing Avenue
Shirt Yoke Dress Making – Sewing Avenue

Step 1.

Working with the back panel and the two yoke pieces, sandwich the top edge of the back between the yokes making sure that when everything is turned the right way around both right sides of the yokes will be facing outwards, away from one another. Sew along this edge.

Shirt Yoke Dress Making - Sewing Avenue
Shirt Yoke Dress Making – Sewing Avenue

Step 2.

As in the picture spread both yokes out, right sides uppermost and roll the back panel up towards the centre.

Shirt Yoke Dress Making - Sewing Avenue
Shirt Yoke Dress Making – Sewing Avenue

Step3.

Position the front pieces, as they will eventually appear, on the fronts of the yoke. It is important to check that you have both of the shirt centres in the correct place, unpicking is tiresome.

Shirt Yoke Dress Making - Sewing Avenue
Shirt Yoke Dress Making – Sewing Avenue

Step 4.

Roll up the two front pieces and place on the seam edges with the right sides of the fabric facing one another.

Shirt Yoke Dress Making - Sewing Avenue
Shirt Yoke Dress Making – Sewing Avenue

Step 5.

Fold the second yoke piece onto the first, sandwiching the rolled up back and fronts inside the yokes. Pin the front seam edges and sew through the three layers on both fronts.

Shirt Yoke Dress Making - Sewing Avenue
Shirt Yoke Dress Making – Sewing Avenue

Step 6.

Pass all of the rolled up pieces through the open neck edge and open out. Press the seams flat and topstitch 1/8th inch away from the seams to create a nice finish.

Shirt Yoke Dress Making - Sewing Avenue
Shirt Yoke Dress Making – Sewing Avenue