I’m going in for abdominal surgery next week. I know, yuck, right? I’m telling you this for two reasons. First of all, you might see a little less doing and a little more talking in this space in the next few weeks. It’s ok, I have a lot to say. Second, I had to make pajamas. I have too much girly-girl in me to sit around in sweats every day.
If you have even the slightest inclination to learn to sew, pajama bottoms are a good place to start. There are few things easier to make. And the best part is, if you aren’t completely happy with the quality of your work it doesn’t matter so much because you’re sleeping in them. Your eyes are closed. So are everyone else’s.
The flannel I used for the ones I made today has been in my stash since before the Great Recession when we were all buying fabric like we were made of money. I guess it’s time to put those stockpiles to work.
I don’t even remember what I had in mind for it. The amounts were kind of odd, and didn’t really correspond to any of my pajama patterns. Yes, that’s plural. I have at least a dozen. I’m looking for the perfect fit.
For the first pair, the pattern I used for the top was Simplicity 5923 (which apparently I’ve had so long it’s out of print) and Butterick B5432 for the bottoms. The top is knit, which is something I haven’t attempted for a long time. I learned that the fancy little knit stitches on my sewing machine are useless and a simple, narrow zigzag stitch doesn’t eat my fabric.
The second set was made using the same Butterick pattern for the top and bottom. I cut out the top and just made the pants as long as I could with the remaining fabric.
If you’re interested in trying out your pj-making skills, all of the major pattern companies offer several simple versions. Butterick B5153 has sizes for the entire family with matching drawstring tie. Simplicity 2503 is sized for adults, has an optional patch pocket on the leg and a blanket. McCall’s M5356 is also adult-size and has pockets on the sides, a requirement for everyone in my house, except me. What do you put in pajama pockets?
I also found a free pattern you can download as a PDF from Butterick. It’s called Pull-OnPants. You have to give them your e-mail address and it would require enlarging, which might cost more than buying a pattern, but if you’re interested in learning how these things are assembled, it’s a good place to start. I like the way they fit in the drawing, so I might give them a try. It gives you the amount of yardage required for 60″ wide fabric. It looks like you’d need the same amount for 45″ fabric, but you should print the pattern and measure before buying anything to make sure.
I’ll be happily recuperating in these, planning everything I’m going to make once I’m up and around again. Drinking coffee in my coffee pajamas because I like to coordinate. I’m funny that way.