I recently made two sets of pajamas for my husband as gifts and I am really happy with the results. These two sewing projects were very satisfying; my husband loves his new pajamas, and the fact that I made them for him, and he wears them every night. I don’t know of any other garment that I’ve made that gets so much wear.
This red set is for cold weather and is made from a tightly woven red flannel. The top is option B from McCall’s 4244, with long sleeves, and the long pants are option C.
The other set is for warmer nights and it is made from a blue and white striped shirting fabric. The top is option A from the same pattern, with short sleeves. The shorts are option D.
The pattern I used is McCall’s 4244. I cut a size medium for both sets. For the cold-weather option, I shortened the arms by two inches. That’s it! I made no modifications for the warm-weather option. The pattern instructions are very easy and straight forward. I know I’ll be using this pattern again and again.
Both fabrics for these pajamas are 100% cotton. The flannel is from my stash and the blue and white stripe fabric is shirting from the Fabric Outlet in San Francisco, or Cali Fabrics if you are shopping on-line. The shirting fabric is light weight and breathable. It is really enjoyable to work with; I plan to make a sleeveless summer blouse for myself with the remaining fabric. I splurged on the buttons; they are from Britex in San Francisco.
My husband surprised me with an embroidery module for Christmas. I tried doing my first-ever monogram on the pocket of the striped pajamas. I embroidered the fabric before cutting out the pocket. I did not follow any template or rules for this monogram. I really like the way it turned out. I like the way the gold thread looks against the blue and white stripes.
The shorts and pants have two rows of 3/8″ elastic in the waistband with a 1/4″ drawstring in the middle. My husband says they are very comfortable to wear.
I used my serger to finish the seams of the flannel pajamas and the shorts. For the striped shirt, all of the seams are a Hong Kong finish with the exception of the facing.
I added piping around the front of the striped version. It was very easy to do and I think it gives the top a more professional finish.
This is a close up of the red version made without piping.
So, that’s the short story of the two sets of pajamas that I made for my husband. I’d love to hear your thoughts on making pajamas, fabric and/or patterns. Do you have a pajama pattern that you like? A favorite fabric for pajamas? Just scroll down to the comments box below and let me know your thoughts.
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