I am a bit picky when it comes to children’s nightwear.
Obviously, I strongly believe children should wear comfy clothes to sleep, and that can be something as simple as a tee and a pair of shorts (and trust me, my kids wear this combo quite a lot), but I love the vintage nightgowns I used to wear when I as a child (always made of crispy white cotton with a bit of lace trim).
Unfortunately, it was not easy to find a sewing pattern for making a “vintage-style” nightgown for my girl: I kept running into lovely vintage patterns that were just not my girl’s size or missed a detail …
Well, my search is over.
Lindsay from the Cottage Mama has just released the Claire’s Pajamas which is just what I was looking for (and much more).
The pattern includes a full-length nightgown with long or short sleeves plus a two-piece pants pajama also with long or short sleeves and as a bonus, the pattern a matching 18″ doll pattern for all design options. How perfect is that?
I was lucky enough to test the full-length nightgown with short sleeves for my girl and I can tell you that this has been wearing almost non-stop since it was completed.
As expected, I don’t really choose bright colors and prints for my children sleepwear and for my version I picked a soft floral from my stash, which obviously didn’t photograph well (but it’s lovely in real life).
The Claire’s pajamas pattern feature a cute front yoke with a ruffle (plus a tiny neck ruffle) which makes it quite a sweet and girly.
My girl loved this style and, for once, was quite happy to model her new nightgown.
I’ve sewn most of Lindsay patterns and I’m always impressed with her attention to the details – her instructions are quite comprehensive and that’s really useful if, like me, you tend to sew after a day in the office (I can still sew, but only if “someone” is leading me).
This pattern runs from 6 months to 10 years (only available as pdf) and I’ve made size 6-years for my girl (with some room to grow).
xx Ana Sofia