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Robert Vintage Pajamas

Updated: May 31, 2023

Classic styles also matter when you put little ones to bed. Now that our Robert pattern is available in a wider range of sizes, you can make these vintage pajamas for all your little ladies and gents.



Supplies

Robert Children’s Corner pattern Piping – 3 yards Tracing Paper Notions per the pattern Fabric Requirements (in yards)


Cutting Layout


Cutting Instructions

1. Trace shirt front using tracing paper starting and stopping at placket fold line. Measure ¼” over from the fold line toward the facing, and draw a line parallel to the fold line. Connect this line to the neckline and the hem. This is your new shirt front pattern piece.



2. Place tracing paper on the original shirt front again, and measure ¼” from the fold line toward the shirt front. Draw a line parallel to the fold line. Continue tracing the front facing. This piece should be 1 ½” wide. This is your new facing piece.



3. For the main part of the pocket, measure down ¾” from the fold line, draw a line, and trace the lower part of the pocket. For the pocket cuff, measure down 1” from the fold line, and draw a line, and trace the top part of the pocket. Cut one piece of piping the same width as the main pocket. Trim piping seam allowance to ¼”.


4. For pants front and back, fold up the bottom of the pattern pieces ¼” below the fold line at hem to account for the added cuff.


5. For the shirt cuff, do not use the pattern piece provided. Instead, cut two rectangles of fabric 12” long by the width in the table below for your size. Cut two pieces of piping the same length. Trim piping seam allowance to ¼”. Do not use the shirt cuff in the pattern.


6. For the pants cuff, cut two rectangles of fabric 3” wide by 15” long. Cut two pieces of piping the same length. Trim piping seam allowance to ¼”.


7. Cut these and the remaining pieces according to pattern instructions using the cutting layout provided.

Shirt Construction

1. Follow steps #1-3.


2. Stitch piping to the top edge of the main pocket piece. Stitch the pocket cuff to the pocket with right sides together and following the stitching line from the piping. Press seams toward main pocket. Complete the pocket construction according to the pattern.



3. Trim piping seam allowance to ¼”. Stitch piping to the right side of the shirt front starting 1/8” before the center front line. Pivot at the corner and continue down the front of the shirt (on the right-hand side for girls, left-hand side for boys). Clip seam allowance at corner diagonally.


4. Stitch piping on the other front edge the same way but stopping and easing piping off the edge at the third buttonhole.



5. Place facing on shirt with right sides together. Stitch in place starting at center front, pivot, and stitch down front edge following stitching from piping. Clip seam as shown in step #8. Trim corner diagonally. Turn right side out.



6. Cut one piece of piping to fit the outside edge of the collar. Trim piping seam allowance to ¼”. Stitch piping to the top collar pivoting at corners. Pull ½” of the cording on each side, and trim the cording to reduce bulk.



7. Follow steps #9-13 and 15.


8. For long sleeve, skip steps #16-20. Fold shirt cuff, fold in half with wrong sides together. Stitch piping to raw edge of folded cuff. Pull 1/4” of the cording on each side, and trim the cording to reduce bulk.



9. Place cuff on bottom edge of sleeve with right sides together and piping between. Stitch cuff to sleeve following stitching from piping. Finish seam, and press toward sleeve. Trim excess cuff.



10. Finish sleeve with step #21. Skip the remainder of the sleeve cuff instructions.


11. Continue with the Robert shirt instructions at step #30. Remember to sew your buttonholes on the same side with the piping down the entire front of the shirt. The buttons are sewn to the side with the piping stopping at the third buttonhole.


Pants Construction

1. Follow steps #1-9 for the pants. We made our pants unlined and without pockets.


2. Fold pants cuff, fold in half with wrong sides together. Stitch piping to raw edge of folded cuff. Pull 1/4” of the cording on each side, and trim the cording to reduce bulk.



3. Place cuff on bottom edge of pants with right sides together and piping between. Stitch cuff to pants following stitching from piping. Finish seam, and press toward pants. Trim excess cuff.


4. Stitch inseam with right sides together, matching center front and back seams and cuff seams. Finish seam, and press to back.


5. Finish pants following steps #16-19.


Instructions by Susan Whitman

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