Perfect Pajamas for Tweens

by | Jan 23, 2017 | Boys, Clothing | 2 comments

New Horizons just released an awesome pajama pattern and I took part in testing the pattern.  I know for some people that might make them doubt my opinions about this pattern-but seriously.  This pattern is awesome!

The pattern has three basic blocks-one for a slim fitting shirt (with a cool pocket across the front), one for straight leg pants (or shorts), and one for joggers.  I showed the pattern to Nut#1 and he picked long pants and the shirt with pockets.  We haven’t really hopped onto the jogger craze in our house yet, but I look forward to trying them out…My son is entering the ‘Tween’ stage.  He’s not a little boy (tears) and doesn’t like things too ‘little kid’ but he still love stuffed animals and a little bit of whimsy.  He’s got a foot in both the little kid and teenager zones.  This pattern spoke to both sides of him.  Classic pjs with just the right amount of fun.

So here are my thoughts.

Pants-LOVE them!  I have a paper pattern for pajama pants that I love and have used for 6 years-but Nut#1 outgrew it a several years ago and I’ve been randomly increasing the side seams and length to accommodate his growth.  Not scientific or exact at all.  The results were sporadic. (Don’t ask why I didn’t just go buy the same pattern in the next size up.  That is way too logical. Especially when I can fudge and save a couple bucks.)  These pants fit like the pattern I love and go up to size 16!  They are comfy around the waist and crotch area without being baggy and having WAY too much fabric.  Same with the legs-loose but not baggy.  The pants can be made with woven or knits, but need knit for the waistband.  I used a thick flannel with ribbing for the waistband (which also has an option for adding a drawstring)

Shirt-also a win.  Slender with good length to keep those bellies covered!  And length in the arms too.  The cuff helps so the sleeves don’t hang over his hand.  I haven’t made very many shirts for my boys-mostly because I have been able to find RTW (ready-to-wear aka bought from a store) basic shirts on clearance for as little as 1.75 a shirt.  So Nut#1 hasn’t NEEDED any shirts.  And knit fabric for boys that isn’t novelty is harder to find.  I went to Joanns to buy fabric specifically for this project and was underwhelmed and disappointed with my choices.  I came back with kinda boring solid cotton/poly interlock-no spandex/lycra.  It’s got a soft touch, but I’m not confident about its recovery.  I’m hoping it will hold up okay and not stretch out with wear or shrink short with wash because this was the best option I came up with!  The fit on this shirt looks really good and the pocket in the front is cool, but optional.  But you should do it because it’s fun, isn’t hard, and is the main reason I wanted to test this pattern.


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  • Pattern: 11th Hour Gear
  • Designer: New Horizons
  • Style:Pajamas-Slim fit T-shirt and Pants (or Joggers)
  • Fabric: Knit for T-shirt, Flannel for Pants
  • Size Range: 3/6 months – 16
  • Size made: Shirt-10 graded to 12 in waist and hips; Pants-12 cut to 10 length
  • Lengths: 2-short and long pants; also a long jogger version
  • Sleeve lengths: 3-short, long, and sleeveless
  • Sleeves cut on Fold: No!  Hallelujah!
  • Alterations/Hacks: No
  • Clear Instructions: Easy to follow with illustrations
  • Seam Allowance: 3/8″
  • Layers: yes
  • Trimless: Yes
  • Dislikes or desired changes? None-I am sooo happy with this pattern!
  • Sew again?  Absolutely.  Definitely.
  • Would you recommend it to others? Yes! Yes!

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