Pretty Poplin Pajamas!

Hi, guys! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and if you celebrated Canada Day or the 4th of July, that your weekends were extra festive!

OK, while I have, overall, a really serviceable wardrobe that’s really starting to reflect my style, I have to admit that when it comes to the “unseen” items, the situation is dire. Socks, underwear, pajamas… they’re all in sad, sorry shape! Since I began to sew very seriously a few years ago, I just haven’t had the interest in shopping, but it’s also seemed quite silly to spend time sewing things that will never be visible outside my house! So when evening rolls around, you’ll usually find me in a shabby t-shirt and a pair of nearly-transparent men’s pajama bottoms. Sexy stuff, I know! So when Gillian dared me to sew a pair of pajamas, I was excited! Just the kick in the pants that I needed to sew up some respectable jams!

I figured that if I was going to sew pajamas, I may as well go all out! So I decided to make a two-piece set, complete with pockets and piping and the works. I chose this lightweight cotton poplin because, well, it includes: dogs, cats, cows, rabbits, birds, frogs, chickens, and farmers in straw hats! How could I say no to that? And I opted for a bright lime-green shirting, similar to this, to use for the piping. Pajamas are a great excuse to go all out with fun prints and colors!

As you can tell by my description above, I’m not very picky about my sleepwear. But one thing I’ve noticed is that most of my pajama bottoms are a cotton/poly blend, so they’re not quite as breathable as the 100% cotton I’ve used here and they tend to pill as times passes. This cotton will be much cooler and should stand up to heavy wear and laundering!

The pattern I used is the Closet Case Files Carolyn Pajamas. These are classic pajamas with a notched collar and chest pockets on the top, and slash pockets in the bottoms. You have the option to do cuffs with piping, if you like, or you can sew plain hems. There are short- and long-sleeved tops, and you can choose from pants or shorts. The pants have a feminine cut, rather than the shapeless men’s bottoms I’ve been wearing, so I wouldn’t recommend sizing down in the hips because they’re more fitted than the average pajamas. The pattern instructions are very clear and easy to follow. The notched collar construction was a bit different than others I’ve sewn in the past because there isn’t a back neck facing, and while I found it quite difficult to attach the collar neatly at the neckline, I finally got it done and it looks pretty good.

The piping isn’t hard to do, but it does take some time. I made my own using cotton cording, which I covered in bias-cut strips of shirting. Don’t forget to pre-shrink your cording if necessary… it would be a real bummer if you went to all that work and then things went crazy in the wash! Also, there are special cording feet that you can purchase to make piping with, but personally, I just use the adjustable zipper foot that came with my Juki (it looks like this). You can stitch very close to the cording with it and you don’t have to worry about using a certain size of cording… one size fits all with the zipper foot! If you’ve never made your own piping before, I really recommend giving it a go- it’s fun to sew and it really adds a nice touch to your finished garment!

I’m really excited to have some fancy new pajamas in my closet! And I’m looking forward to sewing up a flannel set in the fall… won’t that be cozy? Alright, guys, ‘fess up: what sad items lurk in your wardrobe, begging for an upgrade? Saggy sweatpants? Stained t-shirts? Come on… tell me I’m not the only one with dark secrets hidden in my closet!

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Comments


  • Fiona
    July 6, 2015

    These are so cute Sonja! I love all the piping and they look super comfortable. I really need to treat myself to some handmade loungewear!

    • Ginger
      July 6, 2015

      You really should! I have to admit that I feel pretty fancy swanning around the house in these! :)

  • Peter
    July 6, 2015

    Marvelous. Love that print!

    • Ginger
      July 6, 2015

      I bet it would make a great buttondown! :D

  • Lori
    July 6, 2015

    Those are super cute pajamas, fun print and the yellow piping really pops.

    • Ginger
      July 6, 2015

      I would tell you to make a pair, except I’m sure you’d have to make them for all your girls, too, and that’s a lot of piping! :D

  • Sarah Gunn
    July 6, 2015

    These are precious! I want these PJs big time ;) Poplin is a great summertime fabric, huh?

    • Ginger
      July 6, 2015

      It really is the perfect weight for summer! :)

  • RenĂ©e
    July 6, 2015

    Those jams look great! I love the piping detail. They really make them look polished (for pajamas). I am totally guilty of wearing ugly stuff that no one sees. I spend a lot of time at home wearing a shapeless fleece dress that I threw together and didn’t bother to even finish the edges. My partner hates it so much but it’s comfortable and I always want to spend time on something that will see the light of day.

    • Ginger
      July 6, 2015

      It’s just so hard to commit precious sewing time to something like pajamas when you could be sewing dresses! :) But it feels pretty nice to wear PJs that I don’t have to roll the waistband over twice because they’re sized for men and are way too big, ha!

  • JJ
    July 6, 2015

    I totally love that you are OUTSIDE for the neighborhood to see your fantastic new pjs!!!! No shame in getting caught in these babys! :o )

    JJ
    http://www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

  • Liza jane
    July 7, 2015

    How cute are you! In your pj’s. They are fab. My pajamas are sad. I wear a pair of sweatpants that I got in high school– Seventeen years ago! Yikes. Just typing that out makes me want to go sew some pajamas.

    • Ginger
      July 7, 2015

      I just had to give up the bathrobe I got when I was heading off to college 15 years ago! Daily wear for 15 years… ick! :) You should make matching pjs for you and Jane!!!

  • Amanda S.
    July 8, 2015

    These are ADORABLE! I always tell myself I’ll make pretty silk nightgowns and keep buying nightgown patterns but never seem to get around to it. Sigh.

    • Ginger
      July 8, 2015

      Oh my gosh, silk nightgowns would be so luxurious! I hope you find the time to sew one- surely you would sleep better in one! :)

  • Amy
    July 13, 2015

    You are so cute in those pajamas! Love the color, the print, and the piping.

  • Gaiana
    July 21, 2015

    Ha! awesome! I actually made a button-down from this fabric! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/402298179189964619/ :)

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    July 25, 2015

    I love that you are out on the street in your PJs – I love that you can stand out in the street in your PJs as they look that good!