My daughter has been asking for some footed pajamas this winter. I immediately thought of Jalie 3244. After looking at the number of pattern pieces and corresponding illustrations and instructions, I thought this might be a challenging project. I didn't exactly want to jump into this, thinking that it would take me a long time to make. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly this came together! It does take a while to trace and cut out though. I mostly used my serger. Since the fleece is thick, I basted each seam about an inch with my sewing machine to make sure that my fabrics fed through my serger evenly.
The zipper was very easy to put in. You don't even need a zipper foot. I didn't use mine since you first baste the zipper to the opening fabric edge with a zig zag stitch. Once again Jalie instructions do not disappoint and the finished zipper was flawless.
There are pockets in the side seam too! My daughter was really excited when she noticed them.
I used a dark purple rib knit for the neck and sleeve cuffs. You can also make ankle cuffs too if you prefer to not have your feet enclosed.
If your foot size is larger than the rest of the pattern size, Jalie explains how to sew a larger foot to the smaller pattern pieces.
It's a shame none of my other children want this since Jalie comes in such a huge range of sizes. Hopefully my daughter will continue to enjoy this pattern for a few years. She is very excited at the thoughts of being able to wear this to school for the next pajama day.
Here are a couple of pictures showing the neckband closer.
I just turned the collar under on the inside and zig zag stitched it down. Jalie does suggest either serger or handstitching. I much prefer to sew by machine instead of by hand whenever possible.
Fabric purchased at Hancock Fabrics. Purple rib knit from my stash.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley