It’s so hard to find a good sewing project for elementary aged boys! I’ve had new, summer weight Pajamas on my to-do list for my son for quite a while… (It’ now mid-July now, a-hem. Poor kid has been wearing way too small stuff and worn out hand-me-downs for way too long.)
We have a little vacation coming up, so I thought it might be nice if I got these done for him before then…
Didn’t they turn out cute? He wore them to bed last night and I told him to go show Daddy his new jammies. He said, “You mean my Man-Jams?” we both had a good laugh over the nick-name he gave his new pajamas.
Originally, I was going to trace one of the sleeveless tees he already had, but then I remembered I had this Summer PJ pattern from the Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop.
I cut the flame pj fabric first and sewed up the top. Luckily, the fabric was super stretchy, because I felt like the top was just too snug for an 8 year old boy. (He is currently wearing a size 7, but I had cut an 8 so he could “grow into” the pj’s. I also thought the shoulder straps were a little wide, so between this and the too snug fit, it made the armholes gape more than what I wanted to see…)
For the cammo top, the fabric was definitely less stretchy and I didn’t think the pattern as-is, would fit him using this fabric. I grabbed the top I was originally going to trace and used it as a guide to adjust the width of the shirt body and shoulder. This added 4.75 inches to the width of the top and the fit was exactly how I wanted it! (I think the fit you want for a toddler is just different than what you want on a 8 year old…)
As always, I thought the instructions for the pattern were very clear and it was super easy to sew. I still definitely recommend it and do plan to sew more of these. Just keep the snugness of the fit and fabric stretchy-ness in mind and adjust the width accordingly
I’m not sure I’ll get around to adding width to the flame top, since it does fit. But if I were to add fabric, I would separate the side seams completely, and cut two, 2.75 inch wide strips of fabric, using the armhole as a guide to cut the top shape. I would add the binding to the tops of the strips and then just connect them to the shirt sides.
I asked him to jump for me, wow, he is just all arm and legs!
I was having a slightly difficult time getting him to concentrate on looking at me for these pictures.. Wondering why? Check out what was right next to him…
Lesson learned, remove all legos from eyesight before attempting to take pictures!
You can see all the projects I have sewn from the Peek-a-boo pattern shop here:
Sweetheart Halter (Love this one, if you’re looking for an adorable, quick and cute pattern, this is it!)
Hailey Ruffled Up Jacket
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.