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How to Attach the Collar to our Footed Pajama (3244)

Our footed pajama pattern is available as a PDF pattern and as a printed pattern. It includes 29 sizes, from 12 months to Plus Sizes.You only need one pattern for the whole family!

Since the pattern was released, we received a few emails from people who were puzzled when reading the collar attachment instructions. Here are some photos that show every step of this great technique:

Mark half (center back) and center of point (center front) on the collar piece:

Here we mark the sewing line and fold line to help later on (you do not need to add those marks):

Make sure you clip excess zipper before attaching the collar:

Pin open collar band to right side of neckline, with the edge of the zipper matching the point center mark (6 mm (1/4") from the point edge):

 Sew from the point center mark to the notch WITHOUT STRETCHING the band:

Now that the ends are attached, pin the center of the collar (mark you made previously) to the center back and stitch, stretching the band between the stit…

4 Tips when Buying Digital Patterns

Ordering digital patterns can be a little intimidating for many people who are used to paper patterns and who are not 100% comfortable handling files on a computer. Here are a few tips I often send to customers who are new to PDF patterns:
1 - Make sure you choose the right formatPaper and PDF patterns are listed in separate categories on our website, but when adding and removing items from the cart, you do have to pay attention to make sure you keep the right pattern version. How do I tell if I have a paper or PDF pattern in my shopping cart?If you see PDF in the product name, it's a digital pattern.
If you do not see PDF, it's a paper pattern.
If you see a shipping charge at checkout, it means that you have a paper pattern in your cart. Digital patterns are not mailed, so you should not see any shipping charges. Please note that our quantity discount promotion applies to digital AND paper patterns. You can combine both types of patterns to get a bigger discount without paying…

3350 Photo Tutorial - Part 6 - HOW TO APPLY ELASTIC TO LEG OPENINGS

Now that you have completed the open back and sweetheart neckline, you ready to apply elastic to the leg openings.

This technique can be used for leg openings or any closed, round opening (neck, ankle, wrist...).

Overlap the elastic ends and stitch. We like sewing a little square like this. Then, fold the elastic in half (at the seam) to mark the half and join the half marks to find quarters.

Your elastic is now divided into fourths (seam + 3 marks). Now divide your leg opening into fourths, starting at the side seam (find the half first, then join the marks to find quarters).

Pin the elastic to the wrong side of the opening, matching marks. The elastic seam (0) should be at the half (1/2) mark of the opening (crotch lining). 4 pins, that's it!

Sew a first zigzag along the EDGE of the elastic (not down the middle). Always "zig" on the elastic, "zag" in the air (off the fabric). This creates a much cleaner look, with no raw edge showing. You will have to stretc…

3350 Photo Tutorial - Part 5 - FINISHING UP VIEW A (NECKLINE AND BACK)

You can now put the front and back aside while you work on the bust pieces.

Bust Lining Cut two of the bust linings as shown below. This will create an opening for shapers/cups insertion. We like to finish the edge with the serger to give it a bit more body.

Pin the wrong side of the cut pieces on the right side of the full pieces and baste with a zigzag. Pin the lining pocket to the wrong side of the Bust piece (A) and baste all around. Make sure you line up all the notches.

Once both lining pockets are sewn to the but pieces, pin them together at center front.

Strap and neckline Using your elastic as a guide, trace a along center front, from the notch to the bottom edge. Stitch on the line, starting at the bottom. When you reach the end of the line (notch), keep your needle down, pivot, stitch downwards. This will make the end of your stitch much stronger (you want the bust pieces to stay together!).
Pin the shiny (finished) side of your strap to the right side of the bust piece. St…

3350 Photo Tutorial - Part 4 - SEWING THE OPEN BACK (VIEW A)

For the first step, we will show you the technique for the regular sewing machine. On all other steps, we will use a serger whenever it's possible.
Center Back Seam Pin Lower Back pieces (G) together at center back seam, matching the double notch. Then sew with a zigzag along the edge ("zig" on the fabric, "zag" in the air) WITHOUT stretching the fabric:

Sew with a straight stitch, 6 mm (1/4") from edge, stretching your fabric gently. Sew another straight stitch.

Now you have a sturdy, stretchy center back seam!

Back Elastics Upper Back Place the Upper Back pieces (F) as shown, with the notch towards the bottom to identify the correct location for the elastic. Pin the elastic (at both ends) and sew a first zigzag (medium-large), stretching the elastic so it lays against the flat fabric (do not stretch the fabric).

Turn the elastic to the wrong side (the elastic nice and snug against the crease - you don't was any space between the elastic and fabric) a…