Another good beginner project: Pyjama bottoms

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!

Pyjama bottoms

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.

Pyjama bottoms

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!

Pyjama bottoms

New techniques I learnt:

  • Making button holes (loving the easy buttonhole foot that came with my sewing machine)
  • Making an elasticated waistband

Pyjama bottoms buttonhole detail

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:

Love at first stitch

4 thoughts on “Another good beginner project: Pyjama bottoms

    1. It is the name of the skirt pattern that I made (designed by Tilly, you might recognise her from the first series of the Great British Sewing Bee)

  1. He he, pop over to my blog and I have a similar photo of me and Tilly. If I had realised you were going to the Makegood Festival we could have met up!
    Def going to make the Tilly PJ’s x
    Love your London print – a great idea for PJ’s.

    1. Ahha! Hope you enjoyed the festival. I found it very inspiring wandering around and chatting to the business owners, so many and such variety of creative products.

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