Sew Family Jammies

When I was a little girl I spent every Christmas Eve at a candlelight service with my family, then we would come home and open a few presents from my Auntie and Uncle David. I remember one special year very fondly; Auntie had gotten my sister and I each a new set of pajamas with a matching nightgown for our Barbies. Barbie and I went to bed and woke up to find Santa had come with new toys for each of us.

I was excited to learn about #SewFamilyJammies and join in making a set of matching Christmas pajamas for my husband and I. I think this is the first time my pajamas have matched someone else's since that Christmas Barbie and I shared a matching set!

I chose a classic red and black buffalo plaid snuggle flannel for our pajama pants and a black rayon spandex blend for our shirts which I purchased at JoAnn on Black Friday for 70% and 50% off! With such little time between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year I was only able to finish the pajama pants before Christmas, but I do plan to make our shirts soon. I used the same pattern to make a tank top for myself earlier this summer and know I like the fit.

Since I was sewing a plaid I wanted to try to "out smart" the pattern, which had a separate front and back piece, by combining the two pieces at what would be the side seam. In my mind, this would eliminate pattern matching and some work by removing a few seams. However, the pattern was slightly rounded at the hips, so I needed to cut each piece separately. This pattern didn't come with pockets, but since the pattern does have a side seam it would be easy to add them.

I used the sewing pattern markers to make sure the plaid was aligned on the front and back pieces, then I laid one set of front and back pieces on top of the fabric, matching plaids, to cut the next set of front and back pieces. The snuggle flannel is only 42" wide and as it turns out I didn't get enough fabric for two sets of pajamas. I cut a size medium for Paul and a small for myself, after going on an extra fabric run!

I stuck to the pattern instructions, only deviating to hem the pajamas to our height and "stitch in the ditch" to tack the elastic at the side seams. I just HATE when elastic waistbands roll and wanted to prevent that. We love how they turned out.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Time estimate: 4 hours total
Fabric used: 100% cotton
Care instructions: machine wash gentle; no chlorine, bleach or fabric softener; tumble dry low; cool iron

Cost to Make
Pattern: gifted from my mother
Fabric: $16
*thread and elastic from my stash
TOTAL: $16

To follow the rest of the #SewFamilyJammies blog tour, visit these blogs too!
December 2  Teri // Fa Sew La
December 4  Sierra // Seams Like Sierra
December 6  Emily // Replicate then Deviate
December 10  Heidi // Handmade Frenzy                
December 11  Sharon // Sweet Mama Life
December 12  Carrie // Beri Bee Designs
December 13  Katie //
December 16  Melissa // A HAPPY STITCH
December 17  Taish // Blooming Skies
December 18  Leanne // Thready For It
December 20  Brooke // Idle Sunshine
December 21  Marissa // Sew Help Me
December 23  Lara // Handmade by Lara Liz
December 24  Kelly // Petite Stitchery
December 25  Jess // Broad In The Seams
December 26  Victoria // Victoria Beppler
December 27  Heather // Heather Handmade
December 28  Sylvia // The Ravel Out
December 30  Victoria // Victoria Lucille Anne
December 31  Teronia //  Sew Haute Blog
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