t shirts to pjs
May 21st, 2013
My job for the day is to turn these knit shirts (and one dress) into summer pajamas for my kids. I only have a vague notion of how I'm going to do it, but it has to happen because it's hot!
Many of you have asked where I get my knits. The answer is the Dig & Save. It's a store somewhere between dumpster and thrift shop. I'm not making it sound very glamorous am I? I suppose it isn't really, but it is very cheap and very awesome. The store is full of giant bins of clothes too tattered or stained for the thrift store. You have to literally dig through them to find what you are looking for, or in most cased what you didn't know you were looking for. Everything you do find is $1/pound (half price on Wednesdays).
I often go looking for t shirts to cut up and use for something else. All the different names of knits (and all fabric to be honest) confuse me, but if I can feel the fabric I know exactly what I'll make with it. All the knits pictured above are soft and stretchy, but not too stretchy. There are some that are thin and will work for pj tops and some that are thicker for pj bottoms. I could've never gotten exactly what I wanted through the internet.
That said, there are limitations to using old t shirts: pockets, buttons, v-necks all can get in the way. When I stumble upon an XXL turtleneck I do a little dance. If you don't have a digging-based thrift store in your area or just want straight up yardage for your project, Girl Charlee is a fantastic online resource for knits. All of their fabrics are reasonably priced and though I have gotten some printed knits that were a bit scratchy, 90% of the time they are butter soft.