Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pattern Review: Sleeping Bear PJs

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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.

Ellie Inspired Sleepy Bear PJ

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.

I added the pockets.

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.

Ugly:  Nothing

Overall pattern rating:  I give this pattern 3 bolts. 
Ellie Inspired Sleepy Bear PJ

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