June 16, 2015

Blog with Friends on the Go - DIY Vacation Pajamas - Mandarin Style

It's that time again!!! Blog with Friends!! This month we're on the road! Ready for some great travel and vacation ideas???? 

For my part, I am going to show you how to make a comfy pair of pajamas, Mandarin style. ;) Comfy, cool and perfect for a special vacation. 

I'm not gonna lie. I struggled with this one. In my head. Once I actually got started it really wasn't that difficult! LOL 


2 yards of flannel backed poly satin 
1 package of black piping
3/4" elastic
3 frog closures

Small piece of lightweight fusible interfacing 


I used one of Cailey's shirts as a guide to draw out my pattern. I wanted it to be rather long. 
I actually could have cut it a bit wider. You sew and you learn. ;)

This will be the pattern for both the front and back bodice pieces. You'll just cut the neckline for the front a little lower. 

You're going to cut 2 on the fold. 


I free handed the pattern for the collar. 
Actually, I went back and made one a bit bigger. I should have stayed with this one. The one I ended up with was a little big as I'm sure you can tell from the picture. ;)

Cut 2 on the fold.


Next I used a pair of Cailey's capri pants as a guide for the bottoms. 
Make sure you leave a couple of extra inches at the top!! I didn't leave enough room and had to put a waistband on in the end.
Also, I used capris because I wanted a wide bottom cuff thingy on the ends of the legs. 

Cut 2 legs on the fold.


Now you cut the cuff thingies. 
Mine are 10" when unfolded. 


Now we start with the tricky bits. 

You can cut this part anywhere you like and at any angle you like. Just make sure to start in the middle of the bodice. 

*You can also make this fasten straight down the middle OR over on the side. 


Now you need to cut one facing and one placket. The only difference between the 2 is that 1 will show and 1 won't.


Fold both pieces with right sides together.
Sew the ends.
Turn right side out and press.
Pin the bottom to the bottom of the top piece. 
Press with the placket lying flat not tucked behind the bodice piece.
Top stitch in place.

On the bottom piece, follow the same instructions except that you will press it under the bodice piece before top stitching. 



With right sides together, pin the shoulders in place.

Sew the seam.



Take your frog closures and pin them in place.

I used my button foot and dropped my feed dogs when I sewed them on.

Sew them in several places. 

This was not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. ;)


I forgot to actually take the pictures of HOW to cut the sleeves so hopefully you can just follow along.

To cut:
Fold the fabric.
Place the shoulder of the bodice in alignment with the fold.
Use the armhole as a guide to cut the sleeve, making sure to leave a seam allowance. 

If you need a visual click HERE and scroll down. ;)

Now, on to the piping!!

Pin the piping to the raw edges at the bottom of the sleeve. Right sides should be together and the actually piping portion should be toward the top.

I used my zipper foot to sew this on.

Sew close to the actual piping part.

Fold over at the piping and press.

Top stitch right at the edge of the sleeve above the piping. 

Not nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be. LOL


Time to attach the sleeves!!

Lay the bodice flat with the front in one direction and the back in the other. 

With right sides together, pin the raw edges of the sleeve to the armhole. 

Sew the sleeve in, pressing when you're done. 

Here's what you should have so far and a close up of the front where the tricky bit meets the sleeve. 


On to the collar!!!

Take one piece of the collar and line it up with the lightweight interfacing. 

Cut the interfacing to match and iron it in place on the wrong side of the collar piece.

Take both collar pieces and pin them with right sides together. 

Sew around the sides and the top. Leave the bottom open.

Turn right side out and press.

Top stitch across the top of the collar. 


Time to attach the collar.

Pin the raw edges of the collar to the raw edges of the neckline with right sides together. 

Sew the seam and press. 


Time to finish up the sides. 

I put a slit on both sides of the top. 

To do this fold 1/4" and press. Fold another 1/4" and press. 

Now, top stitch that in place.

When that's done, turn it all inside out. 

Pin along the sides of the top and the raw edges of the sleeves.

Sew the seam and press. 


Final part for the top!!!! 

Fold the hem in 1/4" and press.

Fold 1/2" and press.

Top stitch the hem. 



Now on to the bottom!!!!


Take the piping and sew it to the bottom of the legs  exactly as you did with the bottom of the sleeves. 


Take the bottom cuff thingies and pin them to the bottom of the leg, right sides together. 

Sew just above where you stitched the piping.

Press it out. 

Top stitch just above the piping. 


Time to sew the inseam.

Pin from the bottom of the cuff to the curve of the crotch. 

Sew the seam and press. 


Take one leg and turn it right side out. 

Slide it down into the other leg and pin the raw edges together. 

Sew the seam and press. 


This is where you do the elastic casing. I had to do mine differently this time because I didn't leave enough room at the top when I cut my pant legs. LOL So, I'll have to walk you through it without pictures to help.

With the pants wrong side out, fold over the top by 1/4" and press.

Fold again by 1" and press.

Sew the along the bottom making sure to leave an opening of about 1" in which to insert the elastic.

Take 2 large safety pins and pin each end of the elastic. 

Push the elastic through the casing. 

Pull on both ends and sew them together. 

Sew the opening in the elastic casing closed. 


**The alternative**

Just in case you were like me and didn't leave enough room at the top....

Cut either 2 pieces or one long piece 3" wide and long enough to fit around the top of the pants. 

Sew the ends together. 

With the band right side out, fold in half and press. 

Pin the raw edges of the band to the raw edges of the top of the pants. 

Sew the seam but leave the ends open.

Trim the band if needed but leave a seam allowance of at least 1/4".

Insert the elastic as above.

Sew the elastic and the band closed at the same time. 


If you have any questions don't be afraid to ask!!!!


Time for all the other projects this month!!! 


Karen at Baking in a Tornado has some more yummies for you!! This time it is Fruity Lemonade Snack Mix. PERFECT for traveling!!!

Robin at Someone Else's Genius is going to show you how to make this AMAZING Frodo's Journey Bezel Bracelet. OMG how great is THAT???

Eileen at Eileen's Perpetually Busy will show you how to make that CUTE His & Hers Toiletry Cases! You won't believe how she does it!!! 

Melissa from Home on Deranged has some GREAT Tips for Summer Travel. I know we could all use that!!! 

Lydia from Cluttered Genius has some great advice about how to Travel with a Newborn!! I know a lot of people that could use this post!!!! 



  1. I love the way you learn as you go and make sure to add your "fixes" for everyone else.
    These pajamas are gorgeous. I bet Cailey loves them!

    1. THANK YOU!!!!! She does love them!!!
      I try to keep it real. LOL

  2. Those pajamas turned out adorable! What's nice about them is if you're traveling by road, she could almost get away with wearing them as an outfit and be comfy the whole way.

    1. OOH! I didn't even think about it like that!!!! THANKS!!!! :D

  3. First off, you have the cutest model ever! Second, those are adorable. I love that the fabric is super fun as well as lightweight and cool. And Eileen is right - I'd totally let my girls wear these during the day, especially for the long stretches in the car. Not sure I'll ever sew as well as you, but I love watching! ;)

    1. Thank you, thank you and THANK YOU!!!! :D
      I may just do that! Planning a couple of short trips this summer and I know she would love it.

  4. Okay, stop it. These are too cute! And I love the fabric. I'm crossing my fingers for a sewing machine for my birthday or Christmas.

  5. your little model is a cutie as can be. I enjoy her as much as the clothes . I have 6 granddaughters who would love the outfits this little girl has models for you. Outstanding outfits you make. Hope to have time to make a few for my granddaughters.

    1. Thank you so much!!!
      Be sure to let me know how they turn out!!! :D


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