Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Pattern Review: Sleeping Bear PJs
Name of the pattern: Sleepy Bear PJs by Ellie Inspired.
The pajamas include a “V”-neck t-shirt to be made of knit and pants/shorts with an elastic waistband that can be made from woven fabrics. A hooded robe with a belt is also included and that is what I will be sharing today. I have not yet made the pajamas but will review them when I get a chance to try them out.
Clearly, PJs and robes are unisex and thus a pattern you can use for boys and girls.
Pattern Source: The Sleepy Bear PJs are a pdf downloadable pattern that you can buy at DIY Crush and other PDF pattern retailers. I don't know why, but I could not find them at the Ellie Inspired website.
Sizes available: The pattern will fit all your kids because it includes sizes 1-16 and 15″ & 18″ doll pattern. So, if you tween is still into American Girl dolls, you can make matching bedtime outfits.
Special materials required: For the robe, I used fleece, but I think if you want a lighter version, flannel would work. And for a luxurious model, minky would be ideal. I lined the hood with satin to keep her hair from getting to much static build-up.
Skill level required: Beginner. There are no fancy closures ... actually no closures and this great pattern to learn to sew on. The instructions are easy to understand and there are a lot of pictures to guide you through. Honestly, the pictures were enough to guide me through the whole robe.
How you came to choose the pattern: I bought this pattern as part of the boy pattern bundle at Pattern Revolution.
My daughter has been begging me to make her a robe for years. Yes, years. I made her one when she was a size 5 and she out grew it a long time ago. So, when I saw the great sale at the Pattern Revolution, I had grab it up.
Good: As I said, the robe was a quick and easy sew. The hood had a nice shape and size.
Bad: I the robe runs a little short for my tastes. I made a size 12 and it hits above her knees. I thought it was too short, but then I looked at the pictures and it is supposed to be that short. But if you want a below the knee robe, cut it longer according to measurements of your child.
Overall pattern rating: I give this pattern 3 bolts.