What do you think of “pajama dressing” in public? I mean, out in the street.
Celebrities tend to love it as do Sofia Coppola in a Louis Vuitton pajama set, and Selena Gomez (image source), but the rest of us are hugely suspicious. However, I do recall wearing loose silky pants made with a DKNY Vogue pattern which had some pj vibes. That was in the 90s. And no one accused me of wearing pjs. Well, anyway….
My family keeps two things until they fall apart:
- a) cars
- b) pajamas.
My oldest pair of pajamas are a lilac knit, very stretched out pair, and I’ve worn them for approximately 12 years. Insert “red with embarrassment” here. But “comfort while sleeping” is not a crime, therefore people like to wear their oldest, softest garment to sleep in. Today, the lilac relic is in the garbage can. And, I’ve made a pair of new ones in a funky cotton fabric retrieved from the stash, and this new pattern by Kwik Sew #3553 (which is on sale as I’m typing this).
This is one of my quicker sewing projects – they would have been QUICKEST had I not chosen to add features and sewing techniques which demoted the project to QUICK-ER.
Quick run through of my pj process goes thusly:
- The back and front are actually two different but coordinating prints (sneaked that one on you) – it’s not obvious in the photos but I had just one yard of each. So I made do.
- I cut the XL because my measurements matched the XL according to pattern envelope. But I think it’s too big, and especially wide at the hem. What do you think?
- Below are the added features which took the pajamas from a one-hour to a little-bit-longer project:
Addition of cuffs. Fabric shortage made this a necessity, but I think the cuffs give it a finished look. Also, the addition of a flat piping (not bias and not corded) adds a bit of bright color and definition to the cuffs. Unfortunately, one cuff was the victim of my carelessness, but the other turned out better. So what was the game-changer for the better cuff? Hand basting! I never underestimate the power of hand-basting.
Installation of sport elastic (or multi-channel elastic) at the waist instead of through a casing: I like this multi channel elastic because it reduces one layer of cloth at the waist and adds a finished feeling. It cannot be applied to every style of pant but are great on PJs, fashion pants that are loose & flowy, some children’s wear and such. That is my humble opinion.
Stay tuned for a tutorial on 3 ways to install sport elastic (multi-channel elastic). After that, 3 ways to install a contrast cuff in pajama bottoms.
Now go ahead and sew up a spring storm…..