Oliver + S Bedtime story Pyjamas

Ages ago I desperately wanted to make some of the gorgeous Oliver + S Bedtime Story Pyjamas, but everywhere had sold out of the pattern. So when Oliver + S started re-releasing their sold out lines as digital patterns, well, here we are.

Constructing the digital pattern (as in taping the paper together) was slightly confusing – but I neglected the instructions as I cavalierly though “How hard could it be?”. Read the instructions. Please.

The Pj’s (For such a simple construction) took longer than I expected to make, but that was purely due to the amazing detail the in the instructions. Every step is broken down and is very clear, a perfect beginners instruction. There was only one point when I was a little puzzled, but when I just stopped trying to understand and laid the fabric out the diagram suddenly made sense.

Fit

The sizing on these might be a little tight if you have a really chubby baby as this is the 12-18 month size and my daughter is 10 months old. There is plenty of room left to grow in the kimono jacket, and the way it ties up it will fit for a very long time. The pants however fit nicely now, but that is over a modern cloth nappy. It really depends how chubby the babies thighs are. Overall, I’m super happy with them.

Fabric**

This lovely flannelette was a gift from a friend, and there was just enough to cut nearly two pairs of PJ’s. What I realised after finishing them is there is a fabric fault that runs right down the leg of the pants, on the front right leg. This photo shows it pretty well. Flannelette is just so easy to sew, however it frays in the wash so all the seams are finished with the zig zag stitch. Might pick up some fray block.

Techniques

This is a beginner pattern, and while no techniques were new, it walked you through “best practice”. The way the ties are inserted on the kimono top is beautiful. Previously I would have folded the bias tape end in on itself, then over the exposed seam, then wiggled the tie in. Oliver & S walks you through perfectly. Sometimes I couldn’t visualise/understand what they were trying to get me to do until I just followed the instructions and did it.
This is definitely the most professional looking item I’ve made, aside from the seam finishes.

Future learnings

Wash your hand before touching white fabric. Everytime. This fabric is fun, but gets grubby very easily. Any pin pricks and you need to get a band-aid immediately. Oliver and S really step things out for you, so some of their more “complex” patterns are going to be on the agenda, as their instructions are such good quality it would be difficult to err. However this assumption is on the basis that all their instructions are this clear.

**Note about scary fire tags in kids PJ’s – Commercially made children’s pyjamas are usually treated with flame retardants for safety. However as my child does not sleep near and open fire, candle, or heater of any kind, I’m happy using cotton fibres. Why? Man made fibres such as polyester melt into the skin. There is a trade off here. Cotton is fairly flammable and if you did catch a sleeve near a candle it would catch fire, but synthetic fibres are crazy melty. Just be aware of this if you do have an open fire your kid sits at. You can probably buy fabric treated with flame retardants, but idk where. Also hippies claim we’re getting sterile/cancer/allergies from the chemicals. I also know nothing about that.

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6 thoughts on “Oliver + S Bedtime story Pyjamas

  1. So cute. Even my husband looking over my shoulder agrees its a cute pic. I like your input about the fire warning tags. I’ve noticed that most of the chain fabric stores I’ve been to have a special (small) section where they put the “approved for sleepwear” flannel, and it usually isn’t the cute prints. I’ve made nightwear for the children using the regular kind, but we are in the same situation as you where no one is sitting around an open flame.

    • From what I’ve read it was a big issue in the 1950’s and 60’s (I don’t know – were kids reading by candlelight?) but now some groups have concerns about the chemicals used to make the fabric fire-retardant and the impact of the chemicals leeching into the skin. Who knows these days? It seems no matter what you do, the internet thinks you will harm your child.

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