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This is my easy and cheap pattern for 4-legged jammies!

I stitched these both by hand, since I'm still too baffled by my sewing machine... still took me under an hour to complete each of them though! This is byfar the most simplified pattern I could make... the only measuring I did was for the length/back and everything else I just eyeballed comparing to a pair of bunny pj's I have. I wanted something that could be really easy to make and I think I've done it! Still some tweaking to do I think but I am happy with the results as they function and that's the important part. My little short haired chi needed something to keep warm. I don't know proper terminology as I am really not that crafty but I'll try explaining everything as best I can.

Here's the pattern I created on paper first; and cut out so that I could have something to trace in the future. You need just one "body" piece; and 2 front leg pieces. (I made the neck go out an extra 2 inches past my dogs length measurement; so that I could roll it once and make a cuff when finished.)



Then I traced and cut it out in the fabric. Note; the fabric is DOUBLE THICK; with the fold along the very top of the Body piece. For the front leg pieces; the fold should be along one of the sides obviously and not top or bottom lol



To begin sewing; I first started by stitching the opposite side seam for each front Leg piece making each one a funnel.

Second, I inserted each finished funnel Leg piece into the holes on the Body Piece, and stitched the top (wider side) of each leg into the edges of the holes.

Thirdly, I fold the outer edges of the Back Legs together and sew a seam along the inside; which creates a funnel along the bottom few inches of the back leg (to slide the back feat into and hold them in place.)

Lastly I finished the center seam along the chest, thus creating the jammies! I folded up the neck to make a turtleneck.


Modeling...




Made a second pair using the same idea but out of a simple Shirt Sleeve!! All I had to do for that was use the cuff as a neck; made the front legs just like I did above; but had to also attach the back legs separately.





Sorry I can't explain better. :oops:I was just excited and thought some others who may not be crafty but still want to make cheap clothes to keep doggies warm this winter might be able to use it. The shirt was from Goodwill so under a buck (which will make 2, if I get ambitious and use the other sleeve lol) and the fabric was on sale for $7/yd; and I only bought HALF a yard (which will still be enough to make at least 3 more; and it only cost me $3.50) Call me Little Miss Thrifty. ^_^
 

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Wow, that's so pretty! I wish I was as crafty as you.. I once sewed a crate cover for Teddy but it ended up getting all messed up in the wash, which was such a bummer. :mad:
 

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Well aren't you clever! That is fantastic!! Looks so cozy too! I love it that you used recycled shirts to make it too. Very very nice. :)
 

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Great job! :)
 

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Oh how cute! You're so clever! :)
 

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Love it!

It's fun to design your own patterns for things, I did a really fabulous Halloween costume this year for one of my dogs.
I did the pattern by hand and then sewed up a prototype and then did the final and it turned out awesome.

Don't be afraid of a sewing machine! there are all kinds out there for all sewing skills.

I personally prefer an older machine and I use and love a Singer Featherweight.
 

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I actually have a sewing machine that my mom got me! It's a little Singer, I think a "Pixie" or something. I've figured out how to thread the thing finally and can make it stitch; except something is wrong with the tension and I don't know how to fix it. One of the sides has the threading too loose and it bubbles up so to speak; whereas the opposite side looks fine. I managed to find some little dial thingie that supposedly adjusts it; but it doesn't seem to have any affect no matter which way I turn it. LOL yeah I clearly know nothing about the mechanics. And despite being a Singer and allegedly a good brand; the instruction manual is USELESS. It's like it was written or translated by someone who only knew English as a 3rd language.. the grammar is messed up entirely and half the time you can't tell what they're even trying to describe so it's no help. =( I don't know anyone who sews so I have no one to ask; and I don't want to sit through a class because I already know the basics... I know HOW to use it; just not HOW to fix issues that come up. *Sniff* =(
 

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Oh! Sorry you are having trouble with that machine!

I'm not sure what to tell you.. I bought a book off amazon for my machine.
The thing is anything "new" or recent with the label "singer" on it.. is not really singer.. it's all just offshore stuff now.

I don't think Singer has really been "singer" since the 70's!

My machine is from 1946.. ha ha.

Anyhow maybe google tension settings for the particular model you have and see if you can find an online tutorial! youtube is useful as well :)

Good luck!
 

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thanks! I had posted pix of her jammies on FB and one of my friends saw and suggested we have a craft day; didn't even know she sewed but she's the one who has Gatsby now! So I'll have her take a look at it. I really like the machine and was so proud to make a stitch.. but its like it gets gets all knotted up so I'm lead to believe it's a user error ^_^.

Here's what I have: and holy ^&$*@ the reviews are horrible. O_O Maybe it's not all my fault!

Amazon.com: SINGER Pixie-Plus Sewing Machine: Arts, Crafts & Sewing
 

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That is really nice! Thank you so much!
I will try making one soon!
I love making clothes for my babies
 

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They are so awesome!
For sewing machines, Singer is not one of the better ones. My aunt was a seamstress and she hand an old treddle singer and a Pfaff. I bought a Pfaff, also, but that was 30 years ago!! That's when I discovered that if you have a good machine, it does the work for you. At one point my (working) wardrobe was all made by me.

Tension can be a problem. You have an upper and lower tension, the "nobby thingie" is for the upper tension, that's the one you see as you see. When take the fabric out of the machine, if the underside is messed up, that's the lower or bobbin tension. That is adjusted (at least on most models) on the bobbin holder. There should a knurled knob on the side with a slot that a small thin screwdriver fits into (or a finger nail) and you turn it right or left. I hate that part because it is all trial and error.

Anyway, I am in the market for a new machine! After 30 years, I could use one!!

Awesome jammies, I am going to give a try!:p
 

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Those are great! Good job!! I've ordered jammies for Hershey twice from different vendors, can't get the right fit. I wish I was as crafty as you. Those jammies look so comfy!
 

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Those are fantastic!!! What a super job!! Love the pics!! Cute model you have there!
 
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