Pyjama bottoms definitely make a good beginner project – straight forward stitching and they are not closely fitted. I quite fancied a new fun print pair of pyjamas and was excited to be able to make them the right length!
I found this fun London print fabric on Goldhawk Road that was just what I was looking for. I am not sure if this would be described as a lightweight quilting cotton or a cotton poplin, but it worked well for the pyjamas.
I used Simplicity’s Easy PJ Pants pattern – a free PDF download that I found via Did You Make That?. Unfortunately I think something went wrong with the sizing when I printed this as I had to shorten the pattern (I’m pretty tall so definitely wasn’t expecting this), but the print out didn’t include a test square (or I missed it) so I couldn’t check.
After quite a lot of measuring of the flat pattern vs existing pyjamas to try and get the right size cut I ended up with a pair of wearable pyjamas, but they are snugger than I would like around the hips. Long enough though!
New techniques I learnt:
- Making button holes (loving the easy buttonhole foot that came with my sewing machine)
- Making an elasticated waistband
I like these pyjama bottoms, but in all honesty not sure how much wear they’ll get due to the fit. These have a horizontal waist all way around, but I’ve now seen other trouser patterns that angle up at the back, which I think would help make them more comfy for lounging around in. So next time I make pyjamas I’ll try a different pattern, luckily I now have one after getting my (signed 🙂 ) copy of Love At First Stitch at the Make Good Festival: