Dog Pajamas Pattern (Peter Pan)
Hi friends!!! Since the previous dog pajamas pattern has been a success I decided to repeat and make another dog pajamas pattern but this time a little more girly.
This dog pajamas has the front buttoned and the collar is a peter pan type collar. For this reason I called this model Peter Pan Pajama. I wanted to make this vintage and romantic onesie for my little princess Tara, and I’m proud of the result , don’t you think it’s really adorable?
Here are some pictures of Tara wearing her pajamas…
Sweet dreams my love!!
Materials recommended to make this dog pajamas are fleece or stretch jersey knits. I like a 95% cotton/5% lycra blend.
To make this dog pajamas I recommend to use fabrics with a classic or vintage touch, pastel colors, little flowers, vintage elements etc..
MODIFYING THE PATTERN:
Please note that the six sizes are standard and in some cases you will need to modify a little the pattern according to the measures of your dog.
Making a dog pajamas is especially complex because it must perfectly match the body length and chest girth in each particular dog and of course not all dogs have the same proportions. Some breeds of dogs are short, broad and burly, some are thinner and longer, others have short legs like my Tara and others very long.
As an example I will tell you that Tara’s measurements match perfectly with size M in terms of neck and chest girth but is slightly longer, so I had to add a few cm on the body length to her pajamas pattern respect to the original M size.
So here I leave you a graphic scheme that will help you in case that you need to enlarge the pattern, then you will know where you have to increase the pattern but still keeping the original shape.
Remember that the chest girth measurement is the most important, always choose the size according to this measure!
and then lengthen the pattern if needed:
Pink: If the length of the body is too short then you have to add a few inches/cm in the pink zone.
Yellow: If the sleeves or legs are too short add a few inches/cm in the yellow zone
Green: If the sleeves or legs are too narrow add a few inches/cm in the green zone.
If you have to make a smaller pattern you can simply make the seams or hems wider than seam allowance indicated in the pattern or you can also cut the pattern a few inches/cm all around before sewing.
I always recommend to test first with paper and check all is in the correct size before cutting the fabric.
Patterns are: front, back, collar, sleeve, neckband, cuff and pocket (optional).
FRONT: cut 2 opposite or mirror pieces, you can cut it with right sides facing together.
BACK: cut this pattern with the fabric folded in half
SLEEVE: cut 2 opposite or mirror pieces, you can cut it with right sides facing together. Like this, you will get the right sleeve and the left.
COLLAR: cut 4 equal pieces.Two for the lining and two for the outer fabric.
NECKBAND: cut this pattern with the fabric folded in half
CUFF: cut 4
At the end of this post I will show you how to sew the cuffs and the pocket.
HOW TO SEW THE PAJAMAS STEP BY STEP:
Once we’ve already cut out all the patterns we can start sewing.
SEWING THE PLACKET: first secure with a zig zag stitch the raw edge of the front pieces.
Now fold the placket inwards (with wrong sides facing together)(nº1), and overstitch the inner seam of the placket (nº2)
SEWING SHOULDERS SEAMS: Place the “Front” and “Back” pieces with right sides facing together. Sew at shoulders and finish with a zig zag to prevent fraying. Do NOT sew down the sides of the pajamas yet.
MAKING THE COLLAR: place each collar piece with its lining piece with right sides facing together.
please note that if you want to add a lace binding like I did, place the lace binding as shown in the image below before cover with the lining:
Sew and secure with zig zag stitch. Let the top zone opened. It will look like this:
Turn right side out and overstitch the collar seam to flat.
ATTACHING THE COLLAR: place the two pieces of the collar over the bodice neckline pin and baste.
SEWING THE NECKBAND: First fold the neckband strip lengthwise, with right sides facing together and sew a seam on the ends by the seam allowance. Turn the strip right side out and place all along the neckline. Sew the neckband all around the neckline and finish the edge with a zig zag stitch. It will look like this:
Overstitch the neckline seam to flat.
ATTACHING THE SLEEVES: Now attach the sleeves to the bodice. Place the sleeve and bodice with right sides of the fabric facing together. First assemble the sleeves with pins all around the armhole curve starting at the center of the shoulder and working outwards. Make sure both pieces match up and sew. Overlock or zig zag this seam to ensure no fraying.Trim the excess seam allowances.
SEWING SIDE SEAM: The next step is to sew the sleeve seam and the bodice side seam and all in one seam.
With the sleeve folded in half on top pin the sleeves and side seams together. Make sure you match the underarm seam lines.
Sew the sleeves starting from the wrist all the way down, around the armpit, and down the entire side of the pajamas and zig zag stitch.
SEWING HIND LEGS: Continue sewing the hind legs seams.
Add bias tape or elastic binding all around the belly hole. Please remember that your dog should be able to lie down and have complete freedom of movement when wearing the pajamas.
Sew the buttonholes and the buttons. I used cute wood buttons.
Finally sew the cuffs.
HOW TO SEW THE CUFFS
This is how I’ve sewn the cuffs:
Place the cuff pattern over the fabric and cut out the cuff strip.
Fold the strip widthwise, with right sides facing together and sew a seam at the raw edge to make a closed circle (by the wrong side).
Now fold your cuff in half lengthwise (by the foldline on the pattern) with right side out like image below. I recommend ironing well this fold.
Try on your cuff. If it fits well, continue. Otherwise adjust as necessary.
Place the folded cuff all around over the outside of the end of the sleeve as you can see in the image below. The folded edge of the cuff goes down toward the top of the sleeve (like a cuff that has been rolled up). Match the cuff raw edges with the sleeve raw edges and pin. Sew and finish with a zig zag stitch the edge seam to prevent fraying.
Roll out the cuff and ready!
Optionally you can add one or two gathered patch pockets. Gathered pocket patterns are included with the dog pajamas pattern ‘Peter Pan’.
HOW TO SEW THE GATHERED POCKET:
Sew the gathered pocket. Choose the size of your pocket or pockets if you prefer to add 2 pockets instead of one.pete
Sew the top edge of the pocket with a long stitch and gather by pulling the thread.
Place a strip with right sides facing together and sew on top like shown in the image below (nº1):
Fold (nº2) the strip covering the top edge of the pocket and topstitch the seam. It will look like this:
Press the side and bottom edges of the pocket by the seam allowance and place the pocket over the pajamas and stitch around 1/8″ from the edge, backstitching at the beginning and end to secure the pocket.
And you’re done!! Enjoy your new dog pajamas!
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