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Traditions are a great way to celebrate the holidays. When I was little, my grandma always put a swimsuit in our Easter Baskets and I know many people give PJs on Christmas Eve. The Ruffled PJs pattern, available in sizes 12 months through size 6, is a great choice for continuing or starting this tradition!!
When the kids and I went to F&M Fabrics (online at TheFabricMarket.com) to look for flannel to make these PJs, the choice was made for us as soon as we saw this adorable camping animals print. A helpful employee pointed out this cute pink coordinate, which we thought would be perfect for the small bodice ruffle and the pant cuffs. (Side Note: My daughter is 3 and consequently is going through a phase where she MUST have her sleeves rolled up and don’t even mention the word elastic. Hence, our sleeves have no elastic and they are rolled up. The original pattern design has cute elastic gathered sleeve hems)
My daughter’s measurements landed right on the 3T in the chart provided in the pattern so that is what I cut, even though I was worried it might be too small. The top is very roomy, as described in the pattern description, “for movement and twirl” so every little girl will love that. I wish the pants were a smidge longer but they fit perfectly otherwise. To make room for the cuff option in size 3T, I was instructed to cut 3″ off the pant leg so next time I may just cut 1 or 2″ instead.
The instructions were clear with photos to illustrate each step. The only thing I did differently was use the cuff to, in essence, hem the pants (maybe this affected the length somehow?). Let me show you what I mean.
First I sewed the side seams and the inseam of the pants.
Then I sewed the cuff pieces together at the side seams (the instructions recommend sewing each one to the pant leg before assembling the pants).
I pressed the tubes in half, wrong sides together.
And placed them on the pant leg, lining up the raw edges of both pieces.
Then I sewed, serged and pressed the cuff down. There we go – no additional hemming!
The Ruffled PJs Pattern is on sale for just $5 this week!
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