This sample kimono top recently returned from the pattern grader, and I was surprised at how much I like that little bit of contrast fabric that got added to the neckband now that I see it again. I had cut the band too short (it was an early test pattern and I think I eyeballed the neckband rather than create a pattern piece for it), so I grabbed the nearest available fabric to fix the problem.
The Bedtime Story pajamas are designed to be a beginning-level pattern for someone who may have sewn one or two projects before but hasn’t necessarily followed a pattern yet. They would be a good project for for a sewing class, too.
One bedtime last spring, Tsia (the “S” of Oliver + S) was out of clean pajamas, and I happened to have a size 3 pajama pattern cut out. She stayed up a little later than usual, and I was able to sew and finish the pajamas in approximately an hour. They’re that easy. (Well, and I’m a pretty fast sewer, too.)
She needs a new pair for winter. Flannel this time. With that little contrast at the neckband and tie, I think.