When two become one…
Very exciting today, guys! Our two legs are going to come together in beautiful union.
First of all, turn one leg inside out. Then put one leg inside the other, right sides together. At this point, your notches will really help you be sure that you’re sewing the right sections together. You’ll want to be confident you’re sewing a back centre seam to a back centre seam, and a front centre seam to a front centre seam. Why? Because otherwise your PJs will be all sorts of wonky!
Did you know that three notches mean the back of an item? I only learned that recently!
Once you’re happy, pin together this seam in one long ‘U’.
When I start pinning I don’t start at the ends or at the notches, I start dead centre where the seams of the inside legs are going to meet. This is the point where I really want things to be accurate:
I start pinning here and work my way out either side to each edge.
Then, sew your seam! I put mine through the overlocker again.
Now we come to an important stage – reinforcing this centre seam.
Just think about all the stress your jim jams go through as you sit cross-legged on the sofa, or twist around in bed, or slouch legs akimbo. (Maybe that’s just me?) You’ll want your pyjamas to survive all the abuse you’re going to throw at them.
Take your pyjamas back to the sewing machine and sew a second line down the seam. If you’ve overlocked, as I have, you’ll want to sew along the inside line of the overlocking:
I used blue thread for this second row of sewing. You can see the two rows of stitching, in blue and white, below:
That’s it! Press your seam and turn your pyjamas right side out. Yes, these are starting to look like pyjamas…
And how do those inside leg and centre seams meet, after I took the care to start my pinning from that middle section:
That will do for me.
This is another step that didn’t take much more than half an hour. You’ve had three stages so far, each 30 minutes long. That’s not so overwhelming, is it? But I know some of you may be feeling a bit panic-ey or maybe thinking you might dip out of this sewalong. I know what it’s like. You sign up, full of enthusiasm, and then life goes and gets in the way.
So you may need a bit of extra motivation. Something to keep you powering through. A giveaway, perhaps…
Tune in tomorrow!