After my mixed experience with the “Easy” Empire Waist top pattern by Amy Butler, I was a bit wary of trying any more of her patterns. I kept looking through the book, though, and could not resist giving one more pattern a try. I made a promise to myself before I began that I would trust my instincts, and if the instructions did not seem right, I would do what I thought I should do instead of blindly following.
I am so happy that I tried out this pattern for the Kimono PJ’s. It was much easier to follow, and I only had to rip out one seam (my fault, not hers)!! What is even better, is I was able to complete this project in one day. It was very exciting!
I chose a rich, soft, brown linen for the main fabric for these pj’s. I wanted to use a natural, breathable material that could be worn in multiple seasons, since I have no idea how big my friend’s baby is going to be, or when he will fit into this outfit. The trim is an Echino cotton double gauze (mine is the blue, not the purple, but I could not find the exact fabric I used online). I have used other prints in the double gauze and I just love how soft it is! Perfect for lying against a small baby’s skin.
I loved sewing this pattern so much, that I am already planning on what fabrics to use for a set for my little one.