I have to thank Mr Paul Weller for the post title as it’s the first two lines of the chorus to “Moon On Your Pyjamas” and it just seemed perfect to me for the Pyjama Party!
I used McCalls 5248 as the pattern for my PJ trousers. The pattern has a front and back pattern piece, so an in and out seam, which differs a little from Karen’s pattern. I also altered the pattern from a drawstring to an elasticated waist, and my technique was the same as the method Karen used.
The first pair (made from a thrifted bed sheet and there is tons of fabric left over…) were a bit too wide in the leg. I also experimented with making cropped trousers with them too. Initially they were too short so I added some big cuffs to the bottom to add a bit more length. They’re comfy, but weird to sleep in as they bunch up round my knees. I’m gonna keep them though as they’re perfect for warmer evenings when I’m just lounging round the house and (if it ever stops raining and warms up a bit) the garden.
So I altered the pattern by trimming an inch off both the front and back piece of the outer seam to narrow the leg and made two more full length trousers. These were mainly constructed on my serger, using four threads. So there’s the second line of stitching reinforcing the seam. It was one of those ‘Why didn’t I think of that?!’ moments when I read Karen’s post on using a serger to make them.
Anyway, these two were made construction line style, repeating the same process for each of them in turn. I’d already decided to add a tag so that I could work out which way round they went (mkI pair was marked, post construction, with some sharpie). But the hanging loop that was suggested was added in too – I used some silver grey rayon seam binding for my loops.
My summer PJs are made from a white cotton lawn printed with pink roses. It’s much more ditzy than I’d normally go for. It’s been in my stash since I started sewing and was a cheap eBay win. I have no idea to its providence and there’s no mark on the selvedge. The trousers are light as air though and will be lovely if we ever have warm evenings.
To go with them I made the cami length Cinnamon slip from Colette patterns. All I can say is that this slip is incredibly flattering (and hubby likes it…) and was an absolute cinch to put together, despite being cut on the bias. I cut a 16 in the body and the cups are an 18. The only adjustment I’ll make next time is to increase the cup size a bit more as I have a ridiculous size G chest and a little more room would be good!
Then of course there are the flaming plaid trousers. These need to have an old band tour t-shirt to go with them I think! But I don’t have one so it’ll be a red or orange vest top. There is some limited plaid matching going on across the PJs, but there is no matching at all from the front to the back. And heck, they’re PJs so I’m not going to stress about it.
These are the opposite of my dainty PJs. They’ve got some weight to them and are really thick and snuggly. They’ve been worn a lot with a pair of walking socks and a hoodie since they’ve been finished as they’re soooo toasty. Perfect for curling up and watching a film with mug of hot chocolate, or glass of Vin Chaud. Mmmmmm.
And here’s my bedside table! As you can see my reading is, well, sewing centric… Does anyone else find that stuff sticks in their head better if they’ve read it just before going to sleep?
We’ve got Adele Margolis’ book “How To Make Clothes That Fit and Flatter”, the Colette Sewing Handbook, My iPad, “High Fashion Sewing Secrets” by Claire Shaeffer and “Sewing with Sergers. I haven’t read any fiction for a while. The last fiction book I read was The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
Actually, I lie a little! It was really The Gruffalo to Boy for his bedtime story last night. Can any other parents recite that off by heart too?
I have to admit that making these PJs has got my sewing MoJo back. I was feeling a bit meh and unmotivated but these quick, easy and satisfying makes have got me back to a happy place. There are now three, yes three, dresses in the pipeline. An aqua linen blend Pastille, Harry’s Christening dress and a dress for a “25th wedding anniversary + 50th and 55th Birthday party”! Oh, and Sewaholic’s new dress pattern would be perfect for work…
And, finally, one of the songs I learnt as a Guide and then passed on to my Guides and then Scouts when I was a young leader:
I wear my pink pajamas, in the summer when it’s hot.
I wear my flannel nighties In the winter when it’s not.
And sometimes in the springtime and sometimes in the fall,
I jump right in between the sheets with nothing on at all