For Christmas, my husband got me a gift certificate to a fancy fabric store in the area. I don't shop there much because the prices really are quite high - I've seen the same $4 cotton poplin that I bought at Fabricmart on a roll at the shop for $18.95. But this store also has a table of fabrics - many designer remnants - for $2.97 a yard. It's hit or miss at the bargain table but last week I scored big. Among my purchases were this cotton striped rib knit, destined for toddler boy summer pjs.
For the t-shirt, I used the Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan pattern. This rib knit feels like a 100% cotton (fabrics on the $2.97 table are not labeled so you have to figure them out by feel) and doesn't have much recovery, so I used the 18-month size, which I had traced out the last time I made raglans for my son. I added a ton of length and hope that these will last more than one summer. The neckband is cotton/lycra jersey from the stash.
I have been having a lot of trouble with knits on my regular sewing machine lately, but I wanted a proper hem to the t-shirt so I took a deep breath, set my machine to the three-step zig zag, and ... miraculously ... it worked! Check out that straight, non-wavy hem up there! I didn't even use my walking foot! (Note: I am starting to think the quality of the knit has something to do with it - I started another pair of pajamas last night and the same machine simply refused to hem some thin cotton/lycra jersey the same way - or at all. I was so frustrated!)
The bottoms are sewn from the Sleeping Johns pattern from Growing Up So Liberated. I made 2Ts, which is the same size I made for him about a year ago - and those pj bottoms are still going strong! (They are actually among the most durable items I have ever made, given how much use they have seen). I cut the pattern to make shorts and banded them at the bottom with the same orange jersey from the stash. I serged the bands to the pants wrong-sides together and then topstitched the serged hem down with a narrow zigzag to keep the insides soft. And check out that cloth-diapered behind - plenty of room in these pjs!
The boy was still napping when I finished the set, but big sister wanted to try them on. And ... they fit her perfectly too.
I always joke that all my kids are the same size, but it proves to be close to the truth. So I guess I know what size to make hers ...