Decisions, Decisions…

“What are you making?” asked the dignified Mood Fabrics sales associate.
“Pajamas.” I replied.
“Shame on you,” Β he responded with a wink.

The soft shirting fabric with subtle stripes seemed to be a perfect choice for a pair of men’s style pajamas, but what did I know.

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I meditated on the comment for nearly two years before cutting the fabric and combining two patterns from my stash: Butterick’s 5526 shirt pattern, view C , and Simplicity 7092 for the pajama pants.

My friend who offers professional embroidery services made a beautiful Β 4 1/2″ monogram for the pocket.

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Nearing the end of the shirt construction, I modeled for my husband.

“You’re going to sleep in that?” he asked in disbelief. “That is really nice shirt fabric.”

Perhaps I was wrong… Maybe this needs to be worn as a boyfriend shirt.

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I know, most pajama tops don’t have buttoned cuffs, but an oversized shirt pattern with no yokes or bust darts seemed perfect for pajamas, and the soft cotton is suitable for sleeping.

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If it is to remain as a boyfriend shirt, I’ll be adding back darts for gentle shaping, but guess what?

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I could not leave the remaining fabric behind and fulfilled my original vision by making the pajama pants.

IMG_0063I really like my cozy new PJs, but now I’ve a choice to make.Β Tell me Readers, would you do?

Wear the top as a shirt,

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or wear as pajamas?

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PS…… If you haven’t already done so, be sure and check out Mood Fabrics shirting selection offering nearly 600 online choices! You’ll find everything from Italians cottons to designer fabrics with everything in between πŸ™‚

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Comments


  • G
    February 19, 2016

    What a dilemma. I would keep the shirt and wear as boyfriend shirt, but get more shirting fabric to make another pyjama top (I believe the sleeves cuffs are key to the look so would leave them out), in order to not have orphan pyjama bottoms.

    • Goodbye Valentino
      February 20, 2016

      Thanks, G! I thought about that too – hopefully I can find more fabric online!

  • Janie de Bruin
    February 19, 2016

    Start wearing it as a shirt, and later on as PJ,s.
    It looks very nice on you.

    • Goodbye Valentino
      February 20, 2016

      Thanks, Janie! Perhaps break it in first before moving it to the bedroom πŸ˜‰

  • Caroline Lazzara
    February 19, 2016

    Pajamas! You have made much nicer shirts….headed to Mood today. I love all their shirting cottons!

    • Goodbye Valentino
      February 20, 2016

      LOL! I consider each shirt such an accomplishment as there are always details and techniques to conquer. Many thanks for the comment, Caroline πŸ™‚

  • Mary Beth
    February 19, 2016

    Gah…wear it as a boyfriend shirt…that embroidery is such a conversation starter – in fact, I would like to hire your friend to do monograms – I’m a sucker for monograms. They’re so retro.

  • Tasha
    February 19, 2016

    I would wear it as both. Who says you have to choose??

    • Goodbye Valentino
      February 20, 2016

      In fact I don’t have to choose, do I? I would need to overcome my own issue of wearing my pajama top out and about ! Many thanks for your comment, Tasha πŸ™‚

  • Eileensews
    February 19, 2016

    Your pajamas look wonderful and undoubtedly feel fantastic!
    Have you done the eight hour sleep test yet? Nothing beats a great pair of pajamas!

    • Goodbye Valentino
      February 20, 2016

      Eight hours of sleep would be an absolute miracle! No I haven’t done the test yet, but what great advice πŸ˜‰

  • Julie Starr
    February 19, 2016

    Tough choice but I would go with the pajamas. Nothing says luxury like a beautifully monogrammed set. I love the idea of using fine shirting. They are positively dreamy and you look so lovely in this color.

    • Goodbye Valentino
      February 20, 2016

      Thank you, Julie! I love this shade of blue as well πŸ™‚

  • janet
    February 19, 2016

    pajamas they look fantastic

  • Sandy
    February 19, 2016

    PJ’s….lovely.

  • Sew Well
    February 19, 2016

    The way the light plays with the stripes in your fabric is just lovely! And, I say wear the top however you want!

    • Goodbye Valentino
      February 20, 2016

      LOL – in the end that’s what I’ll do πŸ˜‰ Many thanks, Amy!

  • Peter
    February 19, 2016

    Personally, I love it as pajamas. But it certainly works as a shirt too. Beautiful job!

  • Sally P
    February 19, 2016

    Coming from one that stays in her pjs until someone catches me, I vote PJs

    • Goodbye Valentino
      February 20, 2016

      I’m becoming one too and could easily keep these on all day πŸ˜‰
      Many thanks, Sally!

  • pia
    February 20, 2016

    Decadent pajama!

  • Elle
    February 20, 2016

    Very tempting to wear as a shirt but I love the idea of such fabulous pajamas! Sheer luxury.

    • Goodbye Valentino
      March 9, 2016

      I’ve taken the advice of the majority – PJs it is! Many thanks, Elle.

  • Lori
    February 22, 2016

    Those are so darling and I agree start it out as a blouse and then when you are tired of it – pjs. Great idea.

  • KEF
    March 3, 2016

    You look positively joyous wearing them as PJs. Live big!

  • Laura Bell
    March 13, 2016

    LOVE the pajamas, classic, yet updated. You could definitely wear it both ways.
    In a totally different subject, I LOVE, LOVE the color of our bedroom walls! Can you share the color and brand?