I’ve been participating in the Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe: Sleepwear Edition on Facebook, and I have to make six pieces. I managed five and then got distracted by other shiny things, and also couldn’t think of what I needed, and I hate sewing for the sake of it. Then the next SSW came out and it was the Destination Edition. Travel! Lightbulb moment! I need travel pyjamas!
I shopped my stash for some lightweight and breathable fabric and found this really nice pink cotton knit remnant from Knitwit. I decided to use my pattern blocks to make these. The t-shirt block is very fitted, which I quite like, but I did straighten out the body and add a couple of centimetres in width. With the pants, I simply eliminated the dart and put in an elastic waist.
I am really happy with the fit – I dislike baggy pyjamas. The ones I usually use are grey cotton knit ones given out on Qantas flights (well, they used to be, they don’t seem to do it any more) and the choice of sizes is L or XL. They have a large Qantas kangaroo emblazoned across the front and are pretty boring and very unglamorous, especially when everyone in the cabin is wearing them, like some sort of weird team!
Whilst my new ones aren’t massively glamorous, the pink is vaguely pretty, and pink is quite a calming colour, which is useful at bedtime. However, I needed to zhoozh them up a bit. I was going to flat lock the seams, but the overlocker didn’t enjoy doing this, so I simply cover stitched them from the inside using a contrasting thread in the looper, which gives a bit of visual interest. I was tempted to do every seam, but in my head I could hear my mother telling me to not gild the lilly!
One of the things I liked about the Qantas pyjamas is that they came in their own bag. I decided to use some scraps to make a bag for mine.
I found a piece of velvet ribbon which matched my coverstitching and am just able to pack the pyjamas into it. Heidi came to hang out with me, and seems to approve!These pyjamas will be definitely coming on our next trip. I like the colour and the fit, and they are remarkably comfortable and surprisingly warm. I might have to make another pair!