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Date: 3/1/14 8:39 PM

I like to sew for a friend's toddler who has eczema. I've always focused on making sure the fabric is as soft as possible due to her skin condition. I would feel awful if my lack of care resulted in making it worse.

Today I've been busy cutting out a summer PJ outfit out of some left over silk/cotton blend fabric, which I recently used to make a slip for myself. I thought it would be nice for her to have something very lightweight for hot weather, to help her sleep better during the hot summer.

I was curious if there was anything like this out there already in retail wear. The only comparison I could find was vintage silk garments, or derma silk. Apparently its a medical grade silk fabric. One PJ set costs 77!!

Seriously, given the choice out there these days and how much stuff is made for adults out of silk, how come there's nothing made for children out of this stuff if its so good for sensitive skin?

If anyone knows why, please say as I am truly puzzled...

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Date: 3/1/14 8:44 PM

I would guess that it's a cost consideration, since children can outgrow items so quickly. However, I think you are doing a great thing for your friend's child. Having eczema myself I can say that I've greatly enjoyed my pajamas made out of silk/cotton (and they've been very durable, too).

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Date: 3/1/14 11:45 PM

When my DS was SUFFERING with serious eczema, I made him summer weight pajamas. I needed to have attached slippers so he couldn't scratch his ankles, which were not available in a light weight fabric. I also made long sleeves with foldover "mittens" so he couldn't scratch anywhere else.

I used 100% cotton athletic mesh that would be cool during the summer, but keep everything but his face covered. Because undressing himself to get to the itchy parts was a constant battle, I put the zipper down the back instead of the front.

Depending on the size/age of child, I have found it can sometimes be cheaper to buy the largest men's size RTW garment for the fabric, rather than buying yardage. Seems backward, but sometimes the yardage just isn't available to the home sewing market at all or at a better price that re-purposing RTW.

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Date: 3/3/14 0:54 AM

My great grandson has a skin condition (maybe eczema). I make him color-free, fragrance-free super-fatted all vegetable soap that seems to help his skin condition. I hadn't thought about it until reading this thread, but I would think a somewhat dye-free organic fabric (maybe bamboo) would be a great choice for t-shirt and pj's. I have quite a bit of leftover fabric from making my sister some hot flash pj's. The bamboo knit dries quickly and is so soft...I'll have to give this a try

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Date: 3/3/14 3:25 AM

thanks for the input - 5 think I partly may have answered my own question. I decided to french seam everything because the fabric frays easily. It's like adding an extra lining in terms of sewing time! There's no way someone would normally do that in retail wear for kids clothing. It would cost too much.

I still think there's a gap in the market for sleepwear for children with sensitive skin though.

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Date: 3/4/14 6:40 PM

well, it's now finally finished. The review is here. I'm pleased with the outcome but happy to leave slippery fabric behind for a while!

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Date: 3/4/14 6:55 PM

They look wonderful. I hope they help your friend's child to be as comfortable as possible while trying to sleep.

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Date: 3/4/14 7:12 PM

I wonder if there is nothing like this because it can't be made fire retardant? Just a thought because I think that in the US, commercially available kids PJs must be made flame retardant.

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Date: 3/4/14 8:48 PM

Oh yes, they do look so sweet. Wow, you're a very thoughtful person/friend. The little one will love her new pj's.

I found this information on eczema that you might want to give to your friend.

I had eczema as a young girl on the inside of my left elbow. The doc gave my mom some kind of cream for it.....don't know what it was but I remember it not having a pleasing fragrance. Of course, that was in the dark ages, too. It finally went away after several years, but boy did it itch. Organic virgin coconut oil seems to be good for so many things. Hope the little one improves.

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