Then, at some point, I realized I do have the outtakes from our Christmas photo attempts, with Jude wearing his new pajamas... happily even.
So, yes, these are the Oliver + S Sleepover pajamas. After having my rather disastrous experience with that big box pajama pattern when Jude had grown out of our beloved Bedtime Story pajama pattern, it dawned on me that Oliver + S has another pajama pattern, which goes to size 12. I nabbed it during their 50% off sale back in December.
I never intended to sew the sleepover shirt for Jude. I bought the pattern for the pants. But as I was hatching plans for three floor-length nightgowns for the girls, I knew I wanted to make something extra special for Jude, too.
I think part of the reason I wasn't initially drawn to this pattern's top was because of the side pockets at the hips. They felt a little young for Jude, maybe. I don't know. I guess I'm kind of particular about which patterns I like for each of my kids' ages. Then I saw this vintage boys pajama pattern and realized it looked similar to the Sleepover pattern, but with a pocket near the top of the shirt. So I drafted a pocket based on one of Jude's other shirts. It was exactly what I was looking for and an easy addition to this pattern.
Having struggled through a big box pajama pattern, I sure appreciated the simplicity and ease of the Oliver + S pattern instructions. These pajamas fit so well. (I intentionally cut them long. I want them to fit for a good long time.)
I bought the flannel at Joanns. I was delighted with it. It's some of the best flannel I've ever used - so soft and un-pilly. They had a great selection of apparel flannels, just not in the 4 1/2 yards I needed, four days before Christmas. :) I was happy with this plaid, even though I fell head over heels for a grey flannel herringbone that was absolutely amazing. (I think the fabric selection at Joanns is really improving!).
I cut the pocket and facing on the bias and skipped the contrasting cuffs.
The buttons are made from coconut shells. I was one short so I had to adjust the button/buttonhole placement to make it work for five instead of six buttons. No problems there.
Yesterday, I finally did ask my boy if he might consider letting me take just a few photos of only him in his pajamas. He agreed. Perhaps reluctantly, but agreed he did.
trying so hard not to smile :I
And I'm glad I asked, because I was able to get this.
He really is the sweetest boy. And while I was typing this, he came to me, freshly showered in his Sleepover pjs and asked if I'd like to take photos of him. See? The sweetest.