Liberty print pyjama trousers

I love the feeling of the coming of Spring and it is the best time to plan new projects. I have a few sewing projects that I would like to get going on once my flat is back to normal (is it just me or is anybody else unable to start something new when the house is in disarray?). In the meantime I thought it would be nice to share the perfect Spring pyjama trousers tutorial that I made for a magazine last year. The template for the PJ’s can be found in The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing (p.118) and I hope my photos of each step will help sewing the pattern together easier. Aren’t these prints so pretty and Spring-like?

You will need

Two trouser leg pieces (one in reverse) – I used Betsy S Tana Lawn

Two cuff pieces in a contrasting fabric – I used Phoebe H Tana Lawn

One waistband piece in contrasting fabric

2cm width elastic for waistband (length will depend on size of child) and large safety pin

Fabric scissors, pins, hand sewing needle and matching thread.

N.B. All seam allowances are 1cm / You can tack the pieces of fabric together at every stage before you machine stitch / I followed the pattern in the Liberty book of sewing for a 7-8 yr old.

Liberty print pyjamas tutorial |Liberty Book of Sewing | Apartment Apothecary

Step by step

Step 1 – To make the leg, press a 1cm hem on the bottom edge of the cuff piece. Pin the top edge of the cuff to the bottom edge of the leg piece, right sides facing.

Liberty print pyjamas tutorial |Liberty Book of Sewing | Apartment Apothecary

Step 2 – Stitch the cuff to the leg piece and press the the seam allowance over the cuff.

Liberty print pyjamas tutorial |Liberty Book of Sewing | Apartment Apothecary

Step 3 – Fold the leg in half lengthways, right sides facing, and pin together up to the crotch.

 Step 4 – Stitch the leg piece together.

Step 5 – Press open the cuff seam.

Liberty print pyjamas tutorial |Liberty Book of Sewing | Apartment Apothecary

Step 6 – Overlock or zig zag stitch the seam allowance of the leg piece.

Liberty print pyjamas tutorial |Liberty Book of Sewing | Apartment Apothecary

Step 7 – Turn the cuff up in half so that the hemmed edge meets the seam line. Pin and then stitch about 3mm from the top of the cuff.

Liberty print pyjamas tutorial |Liberty Book of Sewing | Apartment Apothecary

Complete steps 1 – 8 for the second leg.

 Step 8 – To sew the legs together, pin the two trouser legs together where the two inside leg seams meet, with the right sides facing. Pin the front and back seams together and then stitch. Overlock or zig zag stitch the seam allowances.

Liberty print pyjamas tutorial |Liberty Book of Sewing | Apartment Apothecary

Step 9 – Turn the trousers right sides out and to add the waistband, press a 1cm hem on each end and over the top edge of the waistband (checking that it fits around the waist of the trousers – adjust the hem at either end accordingly).

Liberty print pyjamas tutorial |Liberty Book of Sewing | Apartment Apothecary

Step 10 – With right sides facing, match up the raw edges of the waistband and the waist of the trousers. Pin the waistband in place and stitch together.

Liberty print pyjamas tutorial |Liberty Book of Sewing | Apartment Apothecary

Step 11 – Turn the waistband inside the waist so that it covers the raw edges of the seam allowance. Pin in place and stitch around the waistband as close to the seam as possible.

Liberty print pyjamas tutorial |Liberty Book of Sewing | Apartment Apothecary

Step 12 – Measure the waist size of your child and mark this on the elastic. Attach a large safety pin to one end of the elastic and thread this through the waistband until it comes out the other side. Find the mark you made and sew the two ends of the elastic together at this mark very securely. Push the elastic back into the waistband and slip stitch the opening closed. You can add a bow if you desire.

Liberty print pyjamas tutorial |Liberty Book of Sewing | Apartment Apothecary

All done! This little pair of PJ’s went to the lovely Ella x

Liberty print pyjamas tutorial |Liberty Book of Sewing | Apartment Apothecary

What’s next on your sewing list?

Katy x

 

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2 Comments

  1. Sophs 24th February 2016 / 10:25 pm

    And the lovely Ella adores her pj bottoms… Really adores them- they are beautiful and light. Such gorgeous fabric and so perfectly made…. She was properly delighted when the parcel arrived through the post. She’s 9 today! And a sophisticated Liberty girl…. Lucky us to have such a talented lady in our lives

    • Katy 26th February 2016 / 11:52 am

      Gorgeous girl. Hope she had the best birthday (basically a teenager now, no?) xx

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