The lovely Mel and Patsy sent me this glorious princess kitty jersey from Like Sew Amazing for my birthday. I knew at once it had to become summer pyjamas. Some may argue that a fabric THIS AWESOME is wasted on nightwear but I disagree: I get to wear and enjoy it more often! This cotton jersey is amazingly soft and the perfect combination of cosy and breathable. I’ve genuinely slept better the last two nights and I’m sure it’s down to these jammies!
I mean JUST LOOK AT THOSE KITTY FACES
Weirdly, there seems to be a real shortage of shorts patterns for jersey. I considered hacking the Tilly and the Buttons Stella joggers but I wanted something a bit roomier. I’ve had the Peppermint Magazine Spring Shorts on my “to sew” list for a while, and asked Instagram stories if anyone had made them in jersey. No-one had, so I thought I’d take one for the team and try it out myself. Spoiler: it worked wonderfully, with a few minor changes.
Peppermint Magazine Spring Shorts
Depending on the fit you’re after, you may want to size down. Because these have an elasticated waist and a separate waistband, they did end up a little chunky at the top. I wanted them to be loose so I went with my usual size. Also, it means I can re-use the same pattern for wovens rather than re-assembling/tracing it which is always a win in my book!
The only change I made to the pattern before I cut it out was to lose the faux paper bag “ruffle” at the top by removing 7cm from the height of the waistband pattern piece. I also got rid of the hem facings.
Once I’d cut everything out, I added a 1.5cm wide strip of knit interfacing to the diagonal pocket edge on the two front pieces to prevent them stretching out over time. I’m not sure how necessary this is, but the Stella joggers include it so I figured I may as well play it safe.
I assembled them as instructed, minus the paper bag waist and I didn’t include a drawstring. Rather than using the hem facings, I turned the hem up by 15mm and used a twin needle.
Once finished, I donned them immediately to sew the matching top!
Ta daaa! Aren't they adorable?
I’ve been on the hunt for “the” t-shirt pattern for some time now. I love my Freyas and my Mandy Boat Tees (and their lovechild – the Frandy) but was still in need of a go-to loose t-shirt pattern. I’d heard good things about the Hey June Handmade Union St Tee so I decided to dive right in with this fabric rather than toiling.
As the shorts were high waisted and I didn’t want too much fabric to wrap around me in the night - I’m a fidget - I took 11cm off the length, but retained the curved hem. Other than that, I made it exactly as instructed and it fits PERFECTLY. I think I’ve found The One you guys!
I’m a big fan of a contrast neckband, so I used a strip of leftover black cotton jersey from my Sushijamas, as I did for my Naked Lady Dress.
I cannot overstate how much I LOVE THESE JAMMIES. They are honestly the freaking comfiest things ever and I kind of want to wear them all day every day. I’ll definitely have made another pair or two before the summer is out!
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