I don’t care what the pattern says; I will not accept pyjamas without a y!
I get a newsletter from Hawthorne Threads every week, and saw this ninja fabric. It is part of a line by Lily Gonzales-Creed for Windham Fabrics. I had to use it for something, but I knew it would not work (for me, anyway) in a quilt. Then I came across the Bedtime story pattern, and thought it was perfect! It is a kimono style top, which seems to fit with the ninjas on the fabric.
Of course, these are some of the most adorable ninjas I have ever seen!
My next step was to track down the pattern. It is now out of print,available as a digital download at Oliver + S, but I managed to find a paper pattern at A Great Notion in British Columbia, Canada. It was sent within a week and I got started. I was on a deadline, after all. My nephew’s fifth birthday was at the end of May, and I started this process mid-April.
I do not have children, so had no idea about children’s sizing. I sent measurements to my sister-in-law and asked one of my teaching colleagues how it works. Pretty much by age, as it turns out. (I’m really glad it does not continue, as I would hate to be a size 39!) Thanks, Chrissy and Nicole!
I decided, with the advice of my sister-in-law, to make the six. My nephew is tall, and he can fill the pyjamas out later, or cinch them in as necessary! I really feel that this is the most adorable thing I have ever made. During the entire construction, I kept saying: “This is so [expletive] cute!” (I can’t break ALL my naughty habits in the sewing process!)
I am very pleased with how these turned out. I always bemoan the fact that there are not many patterns or fabrics for boys, so these were a great find! The pyjamas are unisex, however, and would look adorable for your favourite princess ( This does not apply to my family. There have only been boys since 2009!). Quilting cottons are often to costume-y for real clothes, but I think the ninjas look great in this application. It becomes so easy when there are several co-ordinating fabrics, especially when ordering online.
The pattern itself is great. It has very thorough instructions, although it is a fairly simple pair of garments to put together. The trickiest part was making the actual ties, as I did make tiny little tubes of fabric. After burning my fingers with steam one too many times, I was really wishing I had found a nice ribbon! These pyjamas were a fun project and a great gift for one of my favourite nephews (I have two!).