Upcycled Harem Romper Pyjamas

Next on the list for the Winter Upcycled Challenge was some pyjamas. The Beast is currently completely in love with Superman. She found a DVD box set in the bookcase last week and would not stop asking to watch it. After endlessly telling her she couldn’t as there was fighting in it her Daddy finally gave in and showed her the clip of Superman saving the kitten on You Tube, and there was no going back. I think she is in love with Christopher Reeve. So, when I saw this T-Shirt in a local Cancer Research charity shop for £1, I couldn’t resist.

I had bought the MBJM Harem Romper pattern a few weeks ago and had been waiting to try it out. 

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/235880496/mbjm-harem-romper-premsmall-newborn-age?ref=shop_home_active_22
This seemed like a good time. So I printed and cut the pattern in an age 3 (the beast wears 18-24 months but is long) and set to work.

I lined the pattern up over the T-shirt, which was a men’s size small. And it looked like I could use the existing neck band. I’m all for an easy life, so I just basically cut up the sides and around the crotch. Leaving the shoulder seams as they were and not trimming the bottom hems.

That then left me with this.

Then I opened the T-shirt out, right side up and pinned the arms around the arm holes and stitched them on using my overlocker. You can use a regular machine if you don’t have an overlocker, just use a stretch stitch.
The fabric used for the arms was just a 4 way stretch, cotton/lycra jersey that I had in my stash.

Hemming the arms was next. I’m going to show you a trick for this, which is a total game changer. A fake cuff. You fold 2cm of the edge of the sleeve fabric wrong sides together, then fold it back on itself another 2cm, like this.

Stitch along the edge, like this.

You get this on the wrong side.

You get this on the right side.

See what I mean? Game changer and it takes seconds.

Then you have to sew it all up. From the arm cuffs, along the under arm and then down to the leg cuffs.

Repeat for the other side. Then sew the crotch together. 

Weave in your ends and you’re done. That’s right, it’s finished. 
Mine took half an hour and cost £1 plus a little bit of fabric from my stash. However, if you bought a long sleeved T-shirt you could just reuse the arms.

The Beast loves it and is currently snoozing in it all snuggled up in bed.

If you’re wondering, as my husband did, how to get it on your child. It has an adult sized neck, so you just step into it through the neck hole. Brilliant! Alternately, you could follow the MBJM Romper Pattern instructions for making neck poppers or crotch poppers, but I was basically looking for quick and easy.

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Comfortable, practical, colourful, stylish.

In 2013 our daughter was born. We, like most people, received bags and boxes of presents for her from our generous friends and family. Babygros and vests and dresses and teddies and cardigans and jumpers and all sorts. Tonnes of it.

She wore a lot of pink that first year.

When she had finally grown out of all the clothes she had been bought when she was born and I had to start shopping for her I naturally started gravitating towards purple, red, yellow. Anything that wasn’t pink. All she had worn for a year was pink and I was pretty sick of it. Who knew that pink was the only choice? It was so difficult to find anything without pink on it for a girl. I started buying boys clothes.

She was born with a bit of a dicky ticker so she gets cold easily. That first winter I needed to buy her cardigans. Really warm ones. Thick ones. Fleece-lined ones. Who knew only boys were allowed to be warm? Girls could wear bolero cardigans, cotton cardigans, but not warm cardigans. Not woollen, thick, snuggly cardigans. Certainly not anything other than pink cardigans.

Then, 6 months later it was summer. I had the opposite problem. She needed to be cool and comfortable. She was starting to crawl and you don’t get very far crawling over a dress. Shorts, then, eh? Except the girls shorts were three inches shorter than the boys shorts. The girls shorts were hot-pants. Age 12 months hot-pants. (It’s OK to vomit a bit, here).

I had learnt to knit again about 10 years previously and had begun to crochet whilst pregnant. Whilst I was off on maternity leave I made some pom-pom slippers for myself, everyone wanted a pair and The Slippy Chicken Company was born. I made all sorts of things for all sorts of people, and I think it kept me sane the first year of being a Mummy.

I started to think more about what my daughter was wearing and more about what I was making. I started designing things for Gwendoline to wear because I couldn’t find the right type of patterns to buy.

On the 1st January 2016 I decided to make a change to my business. I would become a unisex kids knitwear company. The clothes I design and make will be, above all, comfortable, practical, colourful and stylish. Those are the rules I now work by.

COMFORTABLE.

PRACTICAL.

COLOURFUL.

STYLISH.

If you see me doing something else, call me out on it.

It’s really very basic for me. I want my daughter to know that she can be anything she wants to be. A doctor or a nurse. An engineer or a secretary. A solicitor or a Mum. It’s all OK.  In order to realise her full potential she needs to be able to play and explore the world, freely. Without feeling like she needs to be prettier than she is comfortable, or warm, or safe. I want her to have fun.

I’ve started this blog to help share my work with you. Over the years I have garnered a decent amount of experience. I’ll share hints and tips, tutorials, patterns and photos. I would love it if you could join me, this henhouse is big enough for everyone.

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