Today, we’re going to do our first piece of sewing – the inside leg seam. This is sooooo hard. Not!
Pin your inside seams together, right sides of fabric facing. Make sure to match up your notches. The photo above gives you a really good picture of the different shapings for the front and back centre seams.
If you’re lucky enough to own an overlocker, you can sew and finish these seams at the same time. I wouldn’t necessarily use this method on all makes (I suspect the stitching can be weak) but for the inside of a pyjama leg, I’m happy. There’s a nice ridge on my overlocker that allows me to see where to put the edge of the fabric to make a 15mm seam allowance:
If you don’t own an overlocker, no problem! Sew your seams with a 15mm seam allowance and finish the seam using one of the following methods:
- Pinking scissors
- A zig zag stitch
Or you could use a French seam. For an unbelievably marvellous run down of seam finishes, with photos, visit this blog post from A Fashionable Stitch. I would urge you to give your seams a good finish. If you’re anything like me, your pyjamas will be in and out of the washing machine on heavy rotation for the next ten years. You’ll want them to last!
A word of advice: my pattern piece includes a slight outward angle at the bottom of each pyjama leg seam. Try not to trim this off as it will make hemming your pyjamas at the ankle much easier.
Press your lovely new seams. I find it useful to have a sleeve board for sliding the legs over. I found mine in a charity shop, so you don’t need to spend lots of money on these.
Ta da! You now have two pyjama legs. Any other hints and tips to share FROM THE NEARLY 140 PARTY ATTENDEES? Whoo-boy, I had no idea how much Sewists like to party.
Floral top, floral jim jams. Too much floral in this photo?