Skip to main content

Made by a Fabricista: PJs for all the girls


With snow in my Colorado future, I've had pjs on the brain.  I don't know what it is about cold weather and pajamas, but whenever the first snow hits, I want to sew all of the cozy things!

With that in mind, I decided to delve into Fabric Mart's double brushed poly knits.  I've discovered double brushed poly recently and I love it for it's softness and the layering possibilities.  While my favorite base layer material are merino wools), double brushed poly has done a pretty awesome job providing warmth without a lot of bulk.  Layering is life in Colorado!

Specifically, I went after a nice collection of knits to make pjs for my Mom, my daughter and me.  For my mom, this copper floral stripe double brushed poly, for me, another blue floral double brushed poly (sold out) and a steel blue sweater knit to make a cozy cardigan to top off my set of pajamas.  For my daughter I chose a fun cotton/lycra print (sold out, but there's this cotton/lycra stripe that would work for nice pjs.)

Clone Surprise pajamas

My Mom is pretty hesitant about letting me sew for her.  It's not because she doubts my abilities, but she doesn't like thinking about clothes in general. 

But I wore her down with the promise of winter pajamas!  She's not one to let me measure her, but I managed to get her to drop off her favorite t-shirt and jersey pajama bottoms.

I started cloning the top and then just compared the measurements to Jalie 2805.  I stinking love that with Jalie patterns I can sew for literally everyone in my life!

For the top, I was just shy on yardage of the double brushed poly to make a top and bottoms.  To make up the difference, I combined in a soft modal blend French terry I had in my stash.  The mustard was the perfect color and I love how both of these are super soft, cozy fabrics!

I used my favorite neckline finish on the inside.  Sewing with a strip of French terry cut from the selvage, I covered over the seamline on the shoulders and back neckline.  I love how this stabilizes the shoulders and makes the neckline look nicely finished at the same time.  I talk more about the ins and outs of how to do this technique on 4 Pro Ways to Sew a T-shirt Neckline.

For Mom's pants, I cloned her pants to make a pattern.  These are a little less fitted than I'd want in a knit pajama set, but it's what she wanted.

She doesn't know it yet, but these are a surprise birthday gift for her!  I'm really looking forward to seeing how she reacts.  These toasty colors are going to be perfect for her red hair!

Cozy blues


For my pajamas, I used the Jalie 4016 Jeanne pajamas.  It was one of those patterns that I snatched up immediately, mostly for my boys, but also for me.  My boys have outgrown every.single.pattern I've used for pjs for them!


I paired my double brushed poly with a pale aqua rib knit.  It's maybe a little bit too heavy to pair with the DBP, but I care not because it's cozy.


When I make this pattern again, I will lower the rise on the leggings.  They sit just a little too high for my personal comfort.  I always say that when you're 5'2.5" low rise is regular rise!

For the sweater, I used Burdastyle 1-2011-126.  I shortened the original pattern which is really really far too long for my frame.  The integrated collar and shoulder darts are really pretty features on this pattern.  

I skipped fancy finishes and went with a simple zigzag for all my hems.  The directions call for you to finish the collar with a piece of twill tape.  Instead, I sewed up the collar burrito style for a clean inside.

In truth, I also folded back the fronts at CF and overlapped the front edges on the side seams, finishing them off cleanly as well.  The directions are not the clearest on what's supposed to happen with the front edges (ex: "neaten the front edges"--what?!).  When I've made this pattern before, I simply folded the edges back so that they were even vertically with the collar seam.  I like both ways.  This version is maybe not as cozy as my previous iterations, but I think it'll do better as an overall layering piece since there's not so much fabric at the front to give it that "robe" kind of vibe.

Nonetheless, I'm pretty happy with the set, especially the extra long sleeves on the sweater.  These are the kind of lounging sorts of pjs I love wearing on cold mornings!

Mini me jams


All my kids love their Mom-made pjs, but my daughter particularly is always happy for a pair.  She always gets double duty out of her pjs, wearing the leggings underneath her dresses and the tops as standalone pieces.

I love this blue/black/caramel cotton jersey.  It's a little more grown up of a print but also really fun and girly enough that she kept checking in on me to see if her pjs were done yet! 



Again, I used the same neckline technique on the tops.  It's so nice to have that seam covered and not irritating your back neck.  On my daughter's top, I added fuzzy nylon in the looper of my coverstitch, making for a nice soft feel on the right side.  

That's all for me.  Do you make your own cozy pjs?

Elizabeth from Elizabeth Made This

 

Comments

Popular Posts You Might Like

Made By A Fabricista: College Inspired Cardigan

Happy Monday All! It has been a while since I wrote a blogpost and it feels great to be back! Today I am excited to share my daughter who hasn’t graced the blog for quite sometime. Now that my children are older, I have to always get their permission to take photos and share. It took a lot of convincing to get my daughter to rock this FAMU (Florida A & M University) inspired cardigan. I originally planned to make the Blackwood cardigan using the orange and green ponte knit for myself to represent my alma mater FAMU but then realized I cut the wrong size.  I was a bit disappointed at first that I cut a medium instead of a large but knew my daughter would rock it. Additionally, even if I wanted to squeeze in the cardigan, it just could not even pass my elbow when I tried it on. It was definitely a learning experience because I now know that you cannot add a non stretch ribbon around a fitted knit garment sleeve. It must be added to a loose sleeve as the ribbon stops the fabric from s

Made By A Fabricista: Velvet for the Holidays

Are you getting ready for the holidays?  I am.  From past years, it gets so busy in my household around this time of year, so it is never too early to start my holiday sewing.  This year I decided to sew velvet, a fabric I had not sewn for many years but I think it is luxurious.   As luck would have it, FM’s poly rich black velvet flashed on my computer screen and I bought lots.  I thought it would be pretty for a one-shoulder gown, which I had never worn before but admired on others.  The following week FM’s multi-colored one showed up.  It was a poly embossed Bohemian print velvet with jade, yellowish, and crimson colors; it screamed fall and family get-togethers.   I just had to have it!  When the fabrics arrived, the deep colors did not disappoint. I chose Butterick B6557 for both dresses, View B for the knee-length printed dress and View C for the maxi dress. It was perfect for velvets; the front was one whole piece and so was the back.  I cut the fabrics with the nap going down

Made By A Fabricista: An Outfit for First Snow

We had a marvellous autumn in western Canada with warm dry days and just a couple of hints of frost. When I was perusing Fabric Mart Fabric's site in October, I was tempted to focus on pretty florals for blouses or dresses but part of me knew that ... (da dah dum ... ) winter is coming . Fortunately, Fabric Mart was stocked with a huge selection of fabrics that are perfect for winter or holiday sewing. Over the past several months I've been planning my sewing projects so I have pieces that work together. To stick with that theme, I decided to pick a print fabric for a top, and a solid for pants, using navy as the neutral. Pants For the pants, I selected Navy Poly/Nylon/Spandex Stretch Corduroy. This fine 14-wale corduroy is warm enough to wear outdoors but will be especially comfortable indoors. It also has a bit of drape which makes it nice for trousers. And who doesn't want some stretch?  I selected Vogue 9181 (Custom-Fit Bootcut Pants) because it is designed for stretch