So it turns out that before you start sewing for someone you should measure them first. Who knew? Not me apparently! Despite the fact that the pyjamas that these were made to replace are size 2-3 (hence needing new ones, she turns 5 in three months!!) I still went ahead and made size 5. In my defence she is nearly 5 and I wanted plenty of room to grow because I hate making pyjamas so I didn't want to have to replace them for a while. But still, I should have checked the envelope before I cut them out. Actually before I bought the pattern because I bought the 4-5-6 size range when she actually falls between sizes 2 and 3. So I ended up making two pyjama tops because the first was unwearably too big.
Luckily I had enough fabric that I could recut the top and make another in size 4 which still swamps her but is a lot better and actually wearable. The fabric came from Fabrics Galore at the Knitting and Stitching show two years ago. I actually bought it to make a pair of pyjamas for me but I only ever got round to making the bottoms. It is the softest, most beautiful brushed cotton in a delightfully twee print!
The pattern I used is Butterick 4647 which says it is fast and easy - and it is. There is just one pattern piece for the bottoms and 4 for the top so cutting out was really quick. Which was good because I did it twice! (really not bitter about having to make 2 tops!). I let the child choose which version she wanted me to make. Initially she was going for the button up seen on the boy bottom right, but she wanted the elastic sleeves and lots of ric rac, but she then changed her mind and went for the flouncy one!
There is a button fastening at the back (although at the moment the top is so big it is superfluous!) but being really quite lazy I used a hair elastic as a button loop. It works and is a really quick solution. The button is another one from my friend's grandmother's button box and is so pretty I felt it had to be used on here.
The child is really happy with her new pyjamas. I think they are the girliest thing she has ever owned, and they should last at least until she starts university! I still hate making pyjamas, life just feels too short to be making something that gets worn in bed, but I am pleased I made them. Next up I'm making two more pairs of pyjamas for the Child and her Cousin for Christmas, and then I'm never making pyjamas again!!