Day 2 of Kids Clothes week, and I’m sticking to quick and easy projects that use up some of my little fabric stash. I made ruffle popover top pj’s for one of my girls.
I bought this floral jersey knit from Girl Charlee a few months ago. I had intended to make a top for one of the girls, but it the fabric felt too thin. Every time I touched it I thought it would be much better for pajamas. Caroline managed to make a cute t-shirt with the same fabric, but even after I saw hers I couldn’t get the pajamas out of my head.
I had less than a yard to work with, but with some creative piecing I managed to make a little tank top and capri length pants. For the top I used the free Popover Sundress pattern from Oliver + S. I just shortened the length to make a loose fitting top. I had to add a 4 in. panel down the middle of the top, and then I used some scraps to add ruffles to the front.
I think it would be fun to make the dress again with woven fabric and add a few ruffles down the front in a contrasting fabric.
I stitched the whole thing using a twin needle. (I have two whole posts about twin needles if you want to know more.) I have a serger, but the serged edge can be rough. I wanted the inside of pajamas to be as comfortable as possible. I actually managed some tiny french seams with the twin needle.
I did not use a pattern for the pants. I traced a pair of shorts for the basic shape , added seam allowances, and made them the appropriate length. For the bottom of the pants, I used elastic thread in the bobbin with the twin needle. I folded the raw edge up and stitched along the seam lines about 6 in.
Here’s a close up of the straps and other details.
Just FYI…the popover sundress works well with knit fabrics. Just choose a thicker, more stable knit for the top and straps to give it some structure!
Girl Charlee Fabrics says
These pajamas look so comfy and cute! The ruffles on the front are absolutely ADORABLE! Thanks for the link back to us.
Sara Curtis says
You are welcome! Thanks for stopping by!
Tiana Palmer says
Love these! And I have some knit fabric I’ve been trying to find something to do with.:)
Sara Curtis says
Tomorrow I’m posting another knit top – one of my favorite girl patterns. I’ve made several and it’s very quick and easy!