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Outing Flannel (Chap. I, Par. 30). Nainsook (barred) (Chap. I, Par. 28).

Amount of material called for in pattern.

4 buttons.

1 1/2 yards cotton tape.

Introductory Statement

Pajamas are usually thought of as distinctly a sleeping garment for men and boys, but they are growing in popularity particularly for children and even women; they are especially suitable for winter. They fit closer to the body and for that reason are much warmer than the night gown. When made of outing flannel in the dainty shades of pink, blue and lavender, with white trimmings they are really very attractive; when made with feet they are exceedingly warm and comfortable.

Pajamas are used a great deal by people who sleep out of doors; when so used they are often made with an attached hood which keeps the cold air from the neck.

This garment is usually made in two pieces, with the coat separate, but some are made with the trousers attached. The garment in this lesson is made in two pieces and although outing flannel is designated as the material, if a summer garment is desired, seco silk or cotton poplin in dainty colors may be used instead. A very attractive garment can be made of delicate color of crepe de Chine, but this is more expensive.


Needlework and Cutting Out, Rosevear. Macmillan Co. Book of Needlework, S. O. Beeton.

Suggestions For Optional Modification

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Child's Pajamas

No. 1. These pajamas should be made from a commercial pattern. They are made just like the pajamas in the second illustration. except that the feet have been omitted. They are suitable for a child from 2 years to 8 or 10 years of age. The extra fullness across the back is gathered into a band which is buttoned to the upper part of the garment, as shown in the second illustration.

Child's Pajamas

No. 2. These pajamas are made of outing flannel for winter wear. The feet which are made as a part of the legs, keep the garment from slipping up. A pattern should be used in making this garment. To make the feet, sew a seam across the bottom of the heel, then insert the gusset which is to form the sole of the foot. Finish the raw edges of the seam with overcasting.

Working Directions For Pajamas

Preparing Material

Shrink the material. You are to use a commercial pattern in making this garment. Study carefully the guide chart and directions accompanying the pattern and cut out the garment.

Making The Coat

As you will notice in the illustration in this lesson, the pajamas consist of a loose fitting coat and a pair of drawers. Join the shoulder and under-arm seams of the coat with felled seams (Chap. II, Par. 138), finished on the right side. Join the seams of the sleeves in the same manner and set them into the armholes of the jacket with lapped seams (Chap. II, Par. 139). Finish both edges of the front opening with a facing 3" wide. Using a flat, mercerized braid make four "frogs" on the left side and place them at equal intervals along the edge of the garment. (A "frog" is a design made of braid to ornament the buttonhole. It is sometimes made with a loop extending over the edge of the garment to serve as a substitute for a buttonhole.) To make each frog, place one end of the braid about 1 1/2" from the edge of the opening (on the left side); bring it around to the front edge in a loop large enough to enclose a buttonhole. Make additional loops of braid around the end to resemble a clover leaf. Turn in the ends and fasten the braid in place with small running stitches. Sew the buttons (on the right side) to correspond with the buttonholes.

Finish the neck with a fitted facing about 1/2" wide. Finish the bottom of the sleeves and the bottom of the jacket with a 1/2" hem. Place the pocket on the left-hand side of the jacket. NOTE: If these pajamas are made for a girl or woman place the frogs and buttonholes on the right-hand side and the buttons on the left-hand side.

Making The Drawers

It will probably be necessary to piece the drawers at the crotch. This will depend on the width of the material. If this is necessary, pin extra material to the selvages in the place desired, when cutting out the garment, and stitch the pieces on with the same kind of seams used on the other parts of the garment. Join each leg with felled seams finished on the right side. Join the two legs in the same manner leaving an opening in the front about 11" long for the placket. Finish this opening with an extension placket (Chap. II, Par. 162).

If you desire to fasten this opening together with buttons and button-holes, make the facing on the extension placket twice as wide as you otherwise would, and fold half of it back to the edge to form a flap in which to work the buttonholes. If buttonholes are used, sew on buttons to correspond with them on the extension piece of the placket. Snaps may be used satisfactorily for this purpose, excepting for the top fastening, which should be a hook and eye. If snaps are used make the extension placket without the extra flap.

If the top of the drawers are fitted, finish with a 1" facing. If it is not fitted, it may be finished with an inch hem, through which a cotton tape is run. Where the tape is used, make buttonholes in the outside "of the hem, even with the inside edge of the extension piece of the placket and bring one end of the tape out through this (if the tape is brought out through the end of the hem, it will make the pajamas close awkwardly in the front). Finish the bottom of the drawers with 1/2" hems.

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