1960s | Vintage Sewing

Pyjama Party Sew Along!

June 23, 2013
Time to show of my Jim jams for Did you make that’s Pyjama party!
 How close is my head to the roof?

The idea of the pyjama party sew along was devised by Did you make that in celebration of Sewaholics new pattern the Tofino Pyjama pants.
I have a lot of pyjamas already – most of them miss matched so I thought this was the best time to make a set.

In this picture I was looking at my cat Balthazar who messing around on the floor

So I invited him into the picture

He decided he was not ready for the blog (lots of pictures of him on my Instagram though)



I found this pattern on Etsy – Weigel’s 2150. No year marked but Vintage Patterns wiki suggested it was from the 60s so into the shopping cart it went

At the local fabric store, the flannelette section was full but disappointing. Lots of kitschy cartoons for winter, luckily I found some sweet blue gingham – which I decided will do nicely.
These were the first pants I have sewn in 5 years, so I made a muslin (calico/toile) first. But when I made the muslin, I decided I’ll just make shorts so as to not waste too much fabric and of course I sewed them upside down. The crotch was very bulky and I couldn’t work out why. A telephone call to my mum confirmed my suspicion. So with that part out of the way, I decided to cut into the flannelette.
When cutting I didn’t have enough fabric to put the front piece onto the fold to cut, so there ended up being a seam down the front. I took some off cuts, pleated it on either side and attached it to the front to instead make it a focal point.

I also added some lace to the bottom edge and cuffs of the pants just like in the picture.

The pants worked out very well – I like the high waist as it keeps my back warm in the cold.
(And cause how many times have you woken up to find your pyjamas up near your waist anyway?)
I’m yet to wear them as I was trying to keep them neat for the photos, but im sure they will be very cosy!
Pyjamas are pretty good for new starters to sewing – not only because you’re going to only wear them at home but also because they don’t need buttons or zippers or any other tricky techniques
Did you join in the pyjama party too? 
  1. Love the PJ’s, wonderful job, The lace really adds something to them and great job on the front! You have inspired me on PJ’s….Well done. Love the fabric too!

    Happy Crafting! Veronica

    1. Oh thank you! Pjs are so easy to make – esp if you use flannelette as it doesn’t unravel and you can just pink the edges – in a very vintage sewing way.
      And even if they aren’t 100% its ok cause your only wearing them at home

  2. Those pyjamas are really gorgeous, and you’ve done such a fantastic job with them, love the lace trim! I think the girl on the packet looks a bit like Betty Draper from Mad Men??

    P x

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