Japanese Pajamas for Toddlers

IMG_1515This week’s project was to create a new set of “Jinbei” for Claire.  Jinbei are traditionally worn by men, women and children during the summer time, in the evening or night.  Wikipedia says you can collect your mail while wearing them.  🙂  What I find so great about children’s jinbei is that you can let out the tuck sewn in the shoulders to allow for another year of wearing.  

Claire's Jinbei - 9It’s looks a little 80’s right now, but it lies down flat after wearing and washing.

The top is your basic kimono top with bias tape for the neckline and tie. Usually jinbei have a wider (about 1 inch) tape applied to the neckline, but I wanted to streamline it by making the ties and the neckline the same width. The bottoms are garden-variety shorts.  I put side slits on the jinbei top for the after-dinner somersaulting that goes on here.  It’s an athletic jinbei.

jinbei 1

Construction Details
  • Fabric:  Japanese double gauze cotton (Minny Muu in Orange dot) purchased from the very friendly Whipstitch Lounge.
  • Size: 1-2 years old.  You let out the shoulder tucks when it gets too small.
  • Bias tape made from a soft quilting cotton.
  • Pattern:  To Be Continued . . .  I will provide a free pattern as soon as I learn how to make a PDF file!

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by emilie on June 5, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    so great! send me to the mailbox in those anytime. somersaults, huh? when the roundoff?


  2. Posted by amberjsquirrel on June 6, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Um, I’m not the coach, Collin is. But I did teach her the log roll!


  3. Posted by emilie on June 6, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    He should start choreographing routines for her now- never too early to get ready for Junior Miss!


  4. […] pattern, but I really wanted pajamas made of double cotton gauze because Claire looks so comfy in hers.  Another reason this is a nightgown and not a dress can be seen […]


  5. […] I got into sewing this spring.  I made the nightgown and saw how it stuck to my undies.  I made jimbei pjs for Claire and saw how it got almost spongy after washing.  I wondered if it would launder well as […]


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