Vintage Pajama Party!

As a three-time cancer survivor, my mom has had more than her share of challenges.  This year, I’m especially happy to give her a pair of hand-made pajamas – her favorite garment – for Mothers’ Day.  Since she grew up in the 1950’s, this terrific vintage pattern was the perfect find:

1950's Pajama Pattern - Simplicity 1325

I chose View 3, with shorts, because she lives in the South.  Instead of the two hip pockets though, I did just the single upper pocket from View 1.  Here’s the result:

Pajama top

The fabric is a crisp cotton in yellow (her favorite color) with ribbons and pale pink roses.  I trimmed the sleeves and pocket with lace.  I love the boxy shape of the top.  The bottoms have a cute front pleat, which truly gives them 1950’s flair!

Pleat detail on pajama shorts


Pajama shorts

I accomplished a few sewing ‘firsts’ with this project:  first collar, first set-in sleeves and first project finished with my new machine ( a Husqvarna Emerald 116, which I’m absolutely loving!).  This machine makes near-perfect button holes, automatically:

Woohoo, a buttonhole!

And here is perhaps my favorite detail, the pink vintage buttons:

Pretty buttons

Altogether, a fun and worthy project.  I know my mom will love them!  And I’m looking forward to making a few more pair, for summer and winter.

Has anyone else made vintage pajamas or lingerie?  I’d love to hear your advice.  Thanks for reading!

• Meet the Author • Lise N

Software marketing exec by day; gardener, cook and seamstress in every possible spare moment! Looking to connect with other sewing enthusiasts to learn and share. Best regards to you!

7 comments… add one

  • Lise! These are so adorable! What a cute and thoughtful gift for your mom!

  • What a lucky mom! They’re so cute, I love them!

  • My grandmother battled polio and a few bouts of cancer as well, along with various other issues related to old age. I know what kind of person it takes to deal with all of that, and your mother absolutely deserves to have some lovely new pajamas! Happy Mother’s Day to her!

  • Oh, sweet! You did a great job!

  • That is so nice! I have plans to make those very pjs! You are blessed to have such a wonderful mom, and you are such a good daughter to her!

  • Thank you all for your kind comments!

  • This is a perfect Mothers Day week post .


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