Monday, June 11, 2012

summer jammies from thrifted sheets

 Vintage Simplicity 5006

I got around to actually cutting into some of the thrifted sheets I've been hoarding. My mom gave me an old Simplicity romper/bloomer pattern she's had since we were all kids, and I thought it would be perfect for babydoll pajamas for the girls. I was worried at first about the fit since the pattern is size 6, but because of the adjustable design (gathers, elastic) it's plenty big for even my almost ten year-old (who is tall). I didn't even have to adjust the armscye.

Everything needed was in the stash, except I ran out of elastic and had to go get some. The jams look super cute on the girls, really full and swingy and breezy, and they love to wear them. I would feel weird about showing photos of my girls in babydoll jammies, so you'll have to trust me on the cuteness. I made the longer length and it hits their legs about the same spot that is shown on the envelope illustration, only the bloomers show more because I made them very loose fitting for comfort.


The pink/green sets were the first ones I made, and I placed the pocket as noted in the pattern. Kinda high up if you are not six, but hey, not worried about that for jammies. I think the apple looks cute with the plaid, but not with the other fabric. However, if you have two girls then you know that if you put the apple on one girl's pocket, you're very wise to put the apple on the other girl's pocket too.

I don't like having to tie shoulder bows, so I measured and sewed the straps down instead. I moved the pocket lower down on the third set (blue/pink flower print), and did a double cherry applique instead on the fourth set.


It's hard for the girls to tell back from front on the bloomers, so I added grosgrain ribbon tags. I was supposed to edgestitch around the top of the elastic waist casing also to create a neater finish, but I was too lazy.

I enjoy using older patterns to see the differences in the instructions. Some of the methods seem to make more sense than on newer patterns, like the neater pocket hem construction and the use of single fold bias tape to create the elastic casing on the legs, but some of the directions seemed to create more work than necessary, like waiting to trim off the excess seam allowance after you've already gathered the neckline and including the huge seam allowance on the arm holes in the pattern even though they will be bound with bias tape.

I think this is a really cute pattern, and I give it two thumbs up. Worth searching for on Etsy or Ebay. Be warned, same Simplicity pattern number was used for a vampy corset/slip design, so some interesting photos may arise.

29 comments:

  1. They are very sweet♥
    LG Kerstin

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  2. The pajamas are the sweetest and love the homemade tags, very thoughtful.

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  3. Pretty stinkin' cute! I'd wear these, old lady or not!

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  4. Those are super cute! But for some reason, I was expecting to see shorts. ;)

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  5. I have that very same sheet (top right picture) waiting in my closet to be sewn into something fun. It was from my bed when I was a kid :)

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  6. As soon as I saw these, I just thought ahhhhh... They are so cute and look so comfy!!

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  7. As soon as I saw these, I just thought ahhhhh... They are so cute and look so comfy!!

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  8. those look oh, so comfy and the embellishments add an extra cute factor!! Bet the girls are loving 'em!

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  9. So cute and look so comfortable.I've got a few vintage sheets that I was hoping to make something similar for my girls :).

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  10. I'm sorry but there is no way you have an almost 10 year old. I reject that. Now, I'll take a pair of the floral with navy trim in my size.

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  11. Larissa, they are absolutely fantastic. No wonder that your girls are more than happy to have new and gorgeous nightwear. All of the sets are almost too pretty to sleep in - they ought to be seen by day as well. ;))
    And I love the fact that you have used thrifted sheets and the lovely pattern from your childhood. It's such a fine little story for you and your girls to have worn the same kind of pyjamases. :))

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  12. I love the pj's, what a great vintage pattern. I am going to give thrifting sheets a shot.

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  13. You guys are so nice. Thank you! Happy to report these jammies are in heavy rotation.

    Kate, I'm thinking I'd love a pair too, but wouldn't we have to shave our legs? deal breaker. LOL.

    Grandma G, oh the shorts are coming. Shortly. Ha.

    Robyn, I reject it too. So it's unanimous. I'll tell her she has to stay nine. Since you are coming to visit, perhaps you could make yourself some while you are here. And I could relax, sip coffee, and give you pointers. Since I've made four pairs already. FOUR PAIRS. Just sayin. Not eager to make anymore at the moment.

    Ulla, ah, thanks so much. And no worries. Since we home school, jammies are often seen until after lunch. :-)

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  14. Cuteness! I love vintage children's patterns!

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  15. i love them! i just bought the youngest some compfy shorts to sleep in-- this would be so much better!

    www.plushiepatterns.com

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  16. Makes me wish I had little girls...adorable, Larissa!

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  17. Great pattern! I love it and just pin it.

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  18. Can I just say that I am in LOVE with these jammies.
    Might I suggest that a pattern based on the original but with all the shortcuts you found thrown in, would be a VERY worthy tutorial. PLEASE? PLEEEEEEEESE?
    I have searched everywhere for this pattern and it is nowhere to be found. It such a gorgeous pattern and I want them in my size too.
    Pretty Please. I'll send you sweet treats (like Lamingtons) in the mail all the way from Australia, promise.
    Oh go on. You know you want to.
    Kat

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  19. theawakenedheart, let me just say thank you for the laugh. You make a strong case offering the lamingtons by post. They sound good with coffee. hmmmmmm I wonder if there is a modern equivalent pattern? Surely there is somewhere! I'll have a look shall I?

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  20. theawakenedheart, closest thing I've found so far is simplicity 1398, and sub in bias binding instead of sleeves? Searched on etsy and there are several available to purchase!

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  21. I just saw this from your pinterest and I have a daughter who has asked for this style of pjs so I'm going to try after seeing this. Thank you Larissa! :)

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    1. Hey, C Dillman, how are you? Give it a try. If you see an equivalent pattern out there, how about sharing it? My two have grown out of these jammies so I need to scale it up and make more.

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  22. Larissa - you rock! For some reason I didn't get a notice about the pattern! So now, almost a year later! I'm saying thanks!
    Kat

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    1. theawakenedheart, wow, better late than never! Love to know if you use that pattern and what results you have.

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