I get requests for doll pajamas all the time, and occasionally I’ll mention McCall’s Crafts Pattern #2862 as a good option.
What my fans and followers don’t realize is that pajama patterns are readily available for nearly all the dolls I’ve designed patterns for… right here on ChellyWood.com!
Yep. If there’s a dress pattern, it can become a nightgown pattern. It just depends upon how you use the pattern. In particular, it depends upon what fabric you use.
Take a look at the image below, for example:
Most people think of patterns A and B as the pajama patterns here. But what if you sewed the pinafore (see red arrow) out of flannel? It would become a nightgown instead.
And what if you made the booties out of flannel or even polar fleece? Voila! You now have slippers!
A shorts outfit can become pajamas quite easily. Have a look at these shorts, for example:
What if we made the shorts out of flannel pajama material? Below you’ll see how I changed my shorts into PJ’s just by altering the fabric they were made from:
Same shorts pattern; different look…
So when we study any doll clothes pattern — including the one I’m discussing today, McCall’s Crafts Pattern #2862, consider making each outfit with a different fabric than the one suggested on the pattern itself:
Could you turn the long nightgown into a baptismal dress with white cotton and lace?
What about the yellow footie pajamas? How could you alter these to become a Halloween costume?
As you develop your skills as a sewist, you’ll learn what fabrics work best for variations on your patterns, but you really only develop this skill if you experiment.
Most of the patterns I display and talk about here on ChellyWood.com are also available for sale on eBay. However, if you’ve never purchased a pattern on eBay before, it’s a good idea to read the article I wrote called, “Tips for Buying Used Doll Clothes Patterns on eBay.” It will save you time, money, and will likely prevent buyer’s remorse.
And by the way, if you use the links I’ve provided to make your eBay purchase, this website will receive a small commission, which helps fund the ChellyWood.com website, so I can continue to provide you with all the free patterns and tutorial videos offered here.
Today’s blog post is a re-post. To understand why Chelly Wood is taking some time off, reposting older blog topics, revisit the end-of-March blog post entitled, “There’s a cat in my sewing room!”
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