I made pajama pants for myself using the same pattern as my presents to the kids. I thought I would go into a little more detail than in the previous entry, because this time I made them for myself. Making gifts you have a different mindset than when it is for yourself.
The pattern is a free one from Simplicity so the price is right! It’s a pdf and is absolutely horrible to put together, because it doesn’t quite match up right. Unlike other pdf patterns that have tabs in the middle of the pages to show where to join, this pattern has them on the side and there are three indicators only one of which is the one you go by to match up the pattern. Now that the pattern is together, I will never need to go through that torture again, but it was seriously horrible.
The pattern is pretty straight forward and meant to be a very loose pj pant. Wearing them on myself, however, I noticed things that didn’t pop up or occur to me as I was making them for other people. The pant leg tapers in at the bottom, which makes it difficult to hem the bottoms. The tapering is actually more extreme in the larger sizes and something I will be straightening a little more for any future garments. I made smalls for the kids so I didn’t notice; this is graded to an XXL, because I wanted a super loose pj pant, but the XL is still pretty massive.
Other than that, it’s a great free pattern and a breeze to sew up: sew up the pant legs, sew up the crotch, sew the waistband, make the drawstring, put in the elastic and the drawstring, hem the pants. Basically an hour or less even with my standard french seams. I think all in all the two pairs took me two hours with fitting checks. When I made them for Christmas presents, they took even less time: more like an hour and a half for two. A note for the drawstring: I didn’t sew it inside out and then turn it around. I did that in one of the pj pants for Christmas and wanted to scream. Instead, I pressed it under like I was making double fold bias tape and sewed up close to the fold. At the ends I turned the raw edged into the folds. It’s way way easier that way than the sew and turn method. I even used tricks for that method and it was just not my thing.
I probably won’t make this pattern again for a while. I really want to make Sewaholic Tofino pants in the short version as part of my summer sewing plans.
The fabrics are flannels from Joann’s.
- Pattern: Free Simplicity PJ Pants
- Pros: Did you read free? Also, very simple pattern. And it’s free! FREEE!
- Cons: Tappered pant leg makes it difficult to hem, especially in the bigger sizes. Recommend straightening a little more for future garments. PDF is an absolute pain to put together. And of note, if you are making it for other people, the pattern doesn’t provide a standard measurement for the elastic. I recommend doing a quick standard measurement search for that.
- Make again?: Absolutely! Considering I never will put that pdf together again.
- Rating: 3/5 stars (star lost for pdf pattern torture)
Here’s a goofy pajama party photo shoot:
16 thoughts on “Pajama Party!!”
Really must get round to making myself some pj bottoms at some point 🙂 Will have to remember to come back for the free link- thanks!
No problem! Can’t wait to see your version. 🙂
Woo great PJs! I’ve only made PJ bottoms for the hubby, so really should make some for myself! Thank you for the link to the free pattern, and your helpful notes.
No problem! I’m happy to share. 🙂 Thanks so much, Alice! 🙂
Can Hello Kitty not make things better? I think not. Pajama pants are always a fun and satisfying sew…sewing is hard work sometimes and what better to put on after a hard day’s work than a cozy bit of flannel.
I looooooove Hello Kitty. More of her coming soon. 😉 Completely agree about the satisfaction of pj pants. It’s also so nice wearing them to sew and being super comfy. Also, make it easy to easily change out for fittings. 🙂
Andie, these are great! I love the quickness in which pajamas can be made. I see your Bronte in the red pajama outfit, but is the blue top an Andie made as well?
Thanks, Alicia! 🙂 Sadly the blue top isn’t Andie made. It’s actually the first time I wore the top in a really long time and I forgot how much I loved it. It has a keyhole cut-out at the back with three fabric covered buttons on the turtleneck. I think I have to copy it and make it in several other colours sometime this year.
I am a huge fan of pjs! Also, I have that same fox flannel and it is waiting to be cut into pajamas someday soon, too! 🙂
Doesn’t that fox flannel rock? It’s so soft and comfy. 🙂 Can’t wait to see your pjs!
Red’s your colour! They are both great and despite the PDF being difficult you did an awesome job! They look very comfy! I’m not a PJ girl but yours make me want to try, maybe do a mash up of all the scraps i have haha!
Thanks so much! I’m not really a PJ girl either, but I like wearing these while sewing or lounging around the house. 🙂
Those look so darn comfy!!!
They really really are! 🙂