Fast-forward to 2015. I'm married, have a 3-year-old, a dog, an additional cat, and a mortgage. High-end pajamas haven't really been on my radar much in recent years, although once I started sewing, I always kept an eye out for a pajama pattern that could be used to knock off those beloved Bedhead PJs. Unfortunately, I found that most adult pajama patterns are fairly baggy-fitting and few had the piping details that I was looking for.
Enter the Carolyn Pajama pattern from Closet Case Files. I finally had my perfect pajama pattern, and I couldn't be happier with my handmade "designer" pajamas:
Carolyn Pajmas in Riley Blake quilting cotton
Heather from CCF released the Carolyn PJ pattern earlier this year as the follow-up to her wildly popular Ginger Jeans pattern. The Carolyns have the option of short or long sleeves, shorts or pants, a body-skimming fit with a slightly flared leg, AND the piping detail that I love! They even have one important feature that my Bedhead PJs lacked--pockets in the pajama pants and shorts.
|Carolyn Pajama pattern envelope|
Fabric Mart has a ton of fabric in stock right now that would make for a great set of designer pajamas. I zero'ed in on this Riley Blake quilting cotton in a striking black-and-white quatrefoil print:
I wouldn't normally use a quilting cotton for clothing, but I'd worked with Riley Blake fabrics before and knew that they were of high-quality. Plus, things like drape don't matter much with pajamas, which make them the perfect garment type for using a quilting cotton. In addition to the print that I chose, you can see other cotton prints and lots of cute flannels from Fabric Mart that would make great pajamas. (Confession: When I saw how well my pajamas were coming together, I ordered a few yards of the flannel prints to make more pajamas for myself and my daughter.)
I adore how nicely the piping details came out on this pajama set. I certainly made good friends with my machine's zipper foot while I constructed these:
|Piping details on my Carolyn pajamas|
Truth be told, my measurements are a little outside of the size range for this pattern line. To get a nice fit, I did a full tummy adjustment and a full bum adjustment on the pants, and then a full bust adjustment (FBA) with the dart rotated to the side seam on the top. Looking at these pictures, I should have probably also done a sway back adjustment (that adjustment that I usually need but often forget to do) on the back of the top, as well.
|Carolyn Pajamas - back view|
The fabric, piping, and pattern were all a perfect combination to create a new version of the original designer pajamas that I set out to emulate.