Kid’s Clothes Week :: Pajamas for Aspiring Pirates

Pajamas for Aspiring Pirates - a happy stitch

Keeping up with my Kid’s Clothes Week tradition of making the boys pajamas, I introduce to you the best pair of pajamas for aspiring pirates! The skull and crossbones pajamas! Pajamas for Aspiring Pirates - a happy stitch

I finished them just in time.  With the photos taken this morning and final touches sewn up during quiet moments yesterday, the boys are happily settled in bed tonight in these cozy pjs. Call it a nice KCW miracle, right down to the wire.

I did, of course, make C a pair of pjs too.  But, as I mentioned here he’s no longer in the modeling business so all I have to show you are the taped-to-the-wall version.

Skull Pajamas for Boys - a happy stitch

He opted for a skull and crossbones with headphones. He is nine after all and wants something a little cooler than his younger brother.  His younger brother is extremely excited about the swords.  Extremely excited.

Both boys helped me pick the images.  We did a google search together and then I tweaked and mashed up a few things we found.  I printed the images onto freezer paper and cut a freezer paper stencil and applied black fabric paint to transfer the images. (P.S. If you have never transferred an image using a freezer paper stencil you should probably go do that right now. This is a great step-by-step, it’s so satisfying and fun.)

Skull and Crossbones for boy pajamas

Just like the pair for his brother, the top is a raglan tee from Sewing for Boys (I know! Yet another one!).  They fit them pretty well, although the necks are too wide.  Like these I made earlier in the week, the patterns are upsized by me and I’m pretty much guessing at what I’m doing.  It looks like my ability to upsize the pattern successfully might be failing.  That’s ok.  This one pattern has been the source of countless tops for the boys.  I don’t feel bad retiring it.   And, as it is, these tops work beautifully for pjs.

To pajama bottoms pattern is Twisted Trousers from Titchy Threads.  I love these pants.  I’ve made casual sweatpants for the boys out of this pattern as well as wedding-appropriate pants.  The pattern is so adaptable with lots of options.  As it turns out, they also make great pajama bottoms, too. What a win.

Pirate Pajamas for Boy

As for the fabric details: The tops are made with a combination of the same Robert Kaufman double layer jersey that I used for my Lane Hoodie and the sleeves are from what I had left of the mailbox costume.

For J’s pj bottoms, I used the same fabric as his top.  But, I ran out of that fabric for C so I used black laguna knit and a grey french terry for his pants.  The ensemble looks super cute.  The bonus is I am using up lots of my excess knit fabric.

Pajamas for Aspiring Pirates - a happy stitch

Both boys are super snuggly in their new jams.  Despite the fierce images on the shirts, they are extra snuggly and cuddly.

Pajamas for Aspiring Pirates - a happy stitch

I don’t know how much longer these getting-bigger-every-day kids are going to want me to make them handmade clothes.  I can already see their interest receding.  But, I hope that the handmade pajamas tradition will stretch a little bit further.

Pajamas for Aspiring Pirates - a happy stitch

A little aside: We are having a handful of difficult rooms painted in the house and our lovely painter is a great guy but pretty on-again/off-again.  As a result, the house is full of ladders and gallon buckets of paint and drop cloths.  I decided to roll with it and keep the drop cloth in the background.  It’s kind of cool actually. I hope, however, that I can show some ‘after’ pictures pretty soon.

6 Comments on Kid’s Clothes Week :: Pajamas for Aspiring Pirates

  1. Beth
    February 28, 2016 at 9:40 pm (2 years ago)

    i hope the dropcloths are gone soon but i hope they always love that their Momma can make them pj pants. xox

    • Melissa Q.
      February 28, 2016 at 9:44 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes! You and I have the same aspirations. Thanks for the vote of confidence.

  2. kristin
    February 29, 2016 at 1:22 am (2 years ago)

    Arg, house chaos is no fun, but your boys look adorable in their new pajamas! I didn’t even notice the drop cloths, haha. Had no idea the twisted trousers worked as sweatpants either, that’s a great idea.

    • Melissa Q.
      February 29, 2016 at 9:22 am (2 years ago)

      The twisted trousers work better with sweatshirt material than with stretchy knits, but the stretchy knits are comfy as pajamas. I’m happy to hear you didn’t notice the drop cloth!

  3. Pat
    February 29, 2016 at 8:39 am (2 years ago)

    Awesome! Love the pj’s and the images on them. How cool are the headphones! Jude is a wonderful model. he looks so cuddly with the adorable pj’s but that face is so animated. hugs hugs hugs.

    • Melissa Q.
      February 29, 2016 at 9:20 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks! I will pass those hugs on! xoxo


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