1960s Pajamas for Emily

Tomorrow we are celebrating Emily’s 28th birthday, and I always like to make her a surprise gift.  A couple of months ago when I was showing her my newest vintage patterns, she pulled out this child size 4 pajama pattern from the 1960s, and jokingly asked if I could make them in her size.  I laughed, but I was secretly thinking that it wouldn’t be that difficult.

When Emily was a freshman in high school we were looking for a formal gown for a school dance.  We found a gorgeous gray-green dress at Nordstrom that she loved, but it was way too expensive.  A month or so later, we saw the same dress at Nordstrom Rack marked all the way down to $60, but it was a size 12, and Emily usually wears a size 2. Well, I bought that dress anyway with all its boning and bias cut skirt and elaborate gathered draw string hem.  I spent a few weeks cutting it down and remaking it in her size, and I think it turned out rather well.  I figured if I could do that, I could certainly enlarge a simple child’s pajama pattern, and I did.  I just hope they fit.


Here’s a photo of the remade green dress.  Emily will probably not be happy that I posted this.

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