Saturday, June 15, 2013

Pajama Party!

I spent some time today working on my project for Karen's Pajama Party!  You may remember that my pajama-sewing time got usurped last weekend by the Hazel Dress :-)

I had originally planned to make pajama bottoms a la Noodlehead using this pretty paisley Anna Maria Horner voile, and use the Mission Maxi pattern to make an accompanying tank top.  But when I got out my old pajama pattern (circa 1999) and took a look at the finished measurements, I started having second thoughts.  I can still fit into that pattern, but I've become accustomed to wearing PJs made of knit, so I'm not really sure how comfortable those pants would be - I have expanded a little over the last 14 years!  Meanwhile, my ability to get a good night's sleep has flown the coop - thank you, Menopause!  I toss and turn a lot, and it's more comfortable to do that in a knit!

So I decided to try to replicate my very favorite pajamas:


My mother-in-law, who lives in Turkey, has a friend who owns a pajama factory (!).  Many years ago - probably 10 - she took me to their showroom so I could get some PJs at wholesale price.  I think I picked up about 4 different sets that time, but these are the ones that have been worn almost constantly every summer since.  They came with a pair of long pants too, and the elastic is totally shot on those!


I'm planning on using my existing pajama bottom pattern to make long pants, but I've revised the pattern to look a little more like that Noodlehead tutorial.  I took 2.5 inches off the top, and then drafted a separate waistband piece which I'll make with a coordinating fabric.


Actually, I hesitated to use the word "drafted."  It's just a rectangle!  But I did have to do a tiny bit of math and measuring.

Then I pinned out my PJ top and traced off pieces for the front, back and sleeves:


The raglan on my old PJs is interesting:  the sleeve does not extend all the way down the raglan opening.  Instead, the bottom of the armhole is finished off with binding.  The effect is that the raglan ends at the edge of my shoulder, rather than making a cap sleeve.  I'm planning on making mine the same way.


I'm going to use some modal blend jersey that I bought from Fabric.com last year when I first started sewing with knits and didn't know what was what.  It is way too slinky for clothing, but I'm hoping it will be just right for PJs.  The main fabric is a medium lavender, and for contrast I'm going to use the leftovers from my first Cation Designs dolman tee.  I think the pale yellow and white burnout will coordinate nicely with the lavender.

And here's my pattern, referenced above:


I made the long-sleeved/long pants pajamas twice back in the day, both in flannel.  Hubby hated them because they were so un-sexy.  Hee hee hee.  But they were warm and comfy, and I wore them until the fabric got so thin it started to tear.  Depending on how my knit pants turn out, I may still consider using this pattern to make the voile PJs.  I do quite like the robe.  Here's a picture of the backs of the garments from the envelope:


I'm breaking this project down and stretching it out like I did with the Hazel dress.  Today I just got my patterns ready.  Tomorrow I'll cut out my fabric - and maybe start sewing, depending on what else I've got going on.  I've got all week to get these done.  And do consider whether or not I'll be posting pictures of myself in pajamas for the whole interwebs to see!  Pretty sure the answer is no!

Who else is attending the Pajama Party?  I wanted to do it last year but wasn't able to because of travel, so I was really glad Karen decided to do it again this year.

14 comments:

  1. I like your plans. I should really be joining the pyjama party because I love my pyjamas but I only like knit ones. Woven are too restrictive when you're a wriggler like I am!

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    1. I'd encourage you to join us, but I know you have bigger fish to fry at the moment!

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  2. That is such a great idea, to remake your favorite set! It looks like you know exactly what you are doing too!

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  3. Your pyjama plans sound so complicated (and impressive!). I'm going to join in. In fact I should be working on them now, oops. Better get started :P

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    1. They are a little complicated! I've decided not to sweat it - it's just pajamas! I ought to be happy if I just have some PJ pants that stay put around my waist!

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  4. love the pj plans! i should be joining in, but i guess i have too many sewing projects already lined up! and p.s. you should totally model them for us ;-)

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  5. Sounds like a great plan! I jumped on the Tofino train and made a long pair for myself and the short version for my daughter. I posted mine on Flickr and if I can post myself in PJs you definitely should! In one of her posts Karen mentioned a 'Show and Tell 21st Century Style' so I don't know what she has planned for us!

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    1. If I were using a less slinky fabric, I'd probably be OK with pix. But this stuff shows Every. Little. Bit! I'm afraid it would come across as a little too X-rated!

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  6. I've gone for a jersey top (Briar - Megan Nielsen) and some woven bottoms from Amy Butler's In Stitches book which I'm far from convinced by! Like you most of my PJs are knits. Should get it finished in the next couple of days and then no doubt um and ahh about what photos to take :-)
    Louise x

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    1. I love the idea of woven bottoms, but it sounds like I'm not alone in feeling like they're not as practical as knits!

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  7. What fun fabric that is; great choice as usual, Gail!
    LOL, your sharing reminded me of when my mum and two of her sisters were exchanging Xmas gifts years ago. Someone gave nice lingerie/PJs. My youngest aunt commented how my uncle was tired of going to bed with Luther (Vandross) - his face was blown up on an old, white tee that my aunt used to wear to bed all the time.

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