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Monday, 27 June 2016

Sewing Pajamas Part 2 of 2 - The Top

We started off sewing ourselves a pair of flannel pajamas in yesterday's blog. We covered the lay out of the pattern, cutting out the fabric and sewing the pants. In today's blog, we sew the shirt. We will be adding pockets, buttons and a collar. Step by step instructions will make these easy to master.


Pin the shoulder seams with right sides facing.


Sew the shoulder seams.


Stay-stitch the back neck at 10 mm seam allowance.


Lay the collar out right sides facing.


If you would like to add piping, as I did, the piping needs go inside the collar with the 'pipe' facing away from the seam.


Switch to the zipper foot and sew as close to the pipe as possible.


Cut notches on the rounded areas.


Turn the collar right side out. Iron the collar flat.


Find center back for both the shirt as well as the collar.


Lining up the centers, pin the collar to the shirt.


Baste the collar to the shirt.


Stay-stitch the neck facing.


Pin the neck facing to the front facings at the shoulder seams.


Sew the pinned seams of the facings.


Line up center back for the facing and the collar.


Starting at center back, pin all the way to the center front.


Sew the pinned neck line.


Cut notches in the rounded areas. Turn right side out and iron flat.


Instead of one, pocket, I am going to make two.


I cut the fold-over away, as I want to add piping to the top of the pocket.


Cut the piping the width of the pocket.


Pin the piping in between the pocket and the facing.


Switch to the zipper foot and sew as close to the piping as possible.


Sew the length of the facing.


Fold the facing back and iron flat. This is what the two sides of the pockets should look like now.


Fold the bottom corner in.


Fold the side seam in. Fold the bottom seam in.


Pin the neatly folded corners.


Pin the pocket to the shirt front.


Make sure that both pockets are level and the same distance in from the side.


Sew the pocket onto the shirt with a neat top-stitch. See the machine settings in the following photo.


Allow your needle to end in the down position. Set your stitch length longer and sew as close to the side as possible. I prefer to adjust my needle position for this.


Fold the cuffs in half and iron flat.


Cut piping the width of the sleeve at the cuff.


Pin the piping between the cuff and the sleeve.


Switch to a zipper foot and sew as close to the piping as possible.


Pin the sleeve seams with right sides facing.


Sew the sleeve seams.


Pin the side seams of the shirt.


Sew the side seams of the shirt.


Pin the sleeves to the shirt.


Sew the sleeves to the shirt.


Pin the front facing to the shirt at the hem with right sides facing. Sew the short distance from center front to the end of the facing. Do this on both sides.


Turn the facing right way out and iron flat. Pin the remainder of the seams of the shirt. You will have to sew the two front hems separately. Then you will have to sew the back hem separately as well.


Sew the hems.


Measure the position of the buttonholes.


Mark the positions of the buttonholes.


Sew the buttonholes.


Open the buttonholes with a sharp quick unpick tool, or sharp nosed scissors.


Sew the buttons on by hand and you are ready for bed!


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