Pajama Shorts (on the line)

I decided to sew along with a series while it’s actually still going on.  That’s what I call progress…  It’s titled Shorts on the Line  (although I tend to sing the title to the tune of Pants on the Ground) and is hosted by Imagine Gnats and Small and Friendly.  Such a fun series, and while I meant to take the opportunity to sew something for my boy, he (once again) got put on the back burner.

My smallest girl is short on pajamas for summer, so I thought I’d try to draft a pair for her.   I mean, how many tutorials are out there going ‘first, trace a pair of well fitting shorts/pants/shirts…’   I have to tell you, though, I really hate this step and a will be remedying it as soon as I can decide on which pants/shorts pattern to add to my stash.  (recommendations, anyone?)

Pillow Case Pajamas for Shorts on the Line

I used an old pillowcase to make both the shorts and a top for a little pajama ensemble.  I drafted each piece, and the whole process felt a little bit like I was a kid playing with construction paper, glue, and a stapler.  I just wanted to see if I could do it…there was no planning or careful execution.  I barely pinned and didn’t iron, all rebel-without-a-cause style.

Pillow Case Pajamas for Shorts on the Line

The material for the shorts was pretty heavy for the shorts, not like your typical pillow case.  I drafted them using a pattern a size up because I wanted a bloomer effect, but they actually fit pretty snug since there isn’t much of a difference between a 2T diapered bum and a slim cut size 4.  I used the existing hem on the pillowcase (love these re-fashioning shortcuts), and just sewed some elastic on the inside to cinch them in a bit.  I wish I had documented the process, but I did this during naptime and that always lends a bit of ‘racing the clock’ rush to my projects.

The top is pretty much a pillow-case-dress-esque type of thing.  I used eyelet for the straps, and I am in love with them.  I mean, look how sweet…

 Pillow Case Pajamas for Shorts on the Line

Pillow Case Pajamas for Shorts on the Line

Sweet dreams baby girl!

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  • Reply Sanae June 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Super cute, Monica! I especially love that lace cross-back detail — so sweet! You are a speedy sewista to get this done during nap time!

    • Reply adirondackinspired June 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks sanae…I’m a lucky mama whose daughter occasionally takes 3 hour naps! It took 3 tried but I finally got a sleepy baby. Ha!

  • Reply Erin June 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Ridiculously cute. The back is so pretty with these eyelet straps. And, she is gorgeous.

  • Reply Erin June 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Oh, and love the pants on the ground reference! Ha!

  • Reply laurabehindthehedgerow June 13, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Oh, I absolutely LOVE these! A perfect upcycle. And pretty amazing to accomplish this during nap time. x

  • Reply Meghan June 13, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    So cute! I agree with Sanae, the eyelet is so sweet!
    And I will now being singing Shorts On a Line the same way ha :)

  • Reply Fiona June 14, 2013 at 6:37 am

    What a sweet set of pajamas! They look great on her. I love the eyelet straps too! I can t believe you just threw these together. Amazing!

  • Reply Lucinda June 14, 2013 at 8:07 am

    so sweet indeed! The perfect little summer pj outfit – and she look absolutely adorable in it!

  • Reply Amy June 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Lovely Monica!! I want those pjs for myself! :O)

  • Reply Heidi @ June 17, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Oh my stars. So so cute! I love the print and those eyelet straps are just so sweet!

  • Reply Tara from The Magnolia Barn June 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Adorable, I love the eyelet straps in the criss cross. That’s the only style dress and shirt I can buy for my daughters to keep the straps from falling down. Just the perfect touch!

  • Reply photosarah June 18, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    so cute! great pillowcase and a great upcycle. I love the cinching on the shorts.

    • Reply adirondackinspired June 18, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      Thanks Sarah! I think that the cinching would give more of a bubble effect on a lighter fabric. I want to try it again….a girl can’t have too many sleepwear options, after all…

  • Reply Donna and Rachel June 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    These are darling! I too love the eyelet. A nice girly touch.

  • Reply Heather Feather June 19, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    That is the cutest pajamas! The shorts are so cute! I wish I could sew along with the series too! Whenever I do, it gets me to do something I’ve been meaning to do forever!

    • Reply adirondackinspired June 20, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      My goal for the sew along was to make little racer short….sadly, that just has not happened yet!

    • Reply adirondackinspired June 20, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      I know just what you mean!! I need a ‘zipper sew along.’ ha :)

  • Reply Pam June 22, 2013 at 3:45 am

    The pillowcase hem makes a fabulous hem on the shorts and the added elastic is perfect!!!

    • Reply adirondackinspired June 23, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks Pam! I loved that hem too…such a great little bonus. It’s amazing how much faster a finished hem makes things go…

  • Reply Mandy June 23, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    This is adorable! The fabric is perfect. I’ve pinned this!

    Small Fine Print

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