To go by current men's sewing patterns, you'd think most guys never left the house. Based simply on the number of patterns out there, men wear bathrobes, pajamas, vests and, on holidays, a cumberbund.
Where could you go in an outfit like that, besides 7-Eleven?
Frankly, I don't have much use for a cumberbund and the last time I wore a vest was my senior year high school production of Oklahoma! As for pajamas, with the exception of Michael's septuagenarian father, no one I know wears them, myself included.
OK, that's not entirely true.
I picked up this old pattern (not really vintage -- 1996) to make a nightshirt for Michael a couple of months ago. It came out kind of cute, imho.
I know I said we didn't wear pajamas, but I've always thought nightshirts adorably retro in a "Little Rascals" kind of way. It's the closest we'll ever get to lingerie.
Anyway, that same month I made the nightshirt, I made these pajama bottoms, also for Michael:
Yesterday, taking a much-needed break from knits, I returned to my pajama pattern one more time and made these:
They're really for Michael, and more for lounging than for sleeping. Thankfully, we don't have 7-Elevens here so they probably won't leave the house. With a tee shirt or tank top however, you probably could wear them outside, especially at the beach.
I made them with my new Singer 15-91: my absolute favorite sewing machine. Here I am finishing up some flat-felled seams.
I used my Singer Spartan with the buttonholer attachment to make these lovely buttonholes.
Here are my seams from the inside:
My friends, it's time you made your man some pajamas. He doesn't have to sleep in them.
Don't have a man? Then make some for yourself. The techniques involved, like flat-felled seams (not necessary, but a nice touch that lends durability), are great practice for making dress shirts as well as pants, since you're also dealing with a fly, a waistband, and all those intersecting seams below the crotch. And the fit is much, much easier.
I recommend visiting Etsy or eBay and buying the cheapest pajama pattern you can find in the correct size. Pajamas haven't changed in decades and a really old vintage pattern (from the 40s, say) would be great fun to put together. (If you find one in a mens 36" and you don't want it, send it my way.)
And take my word for it: he'll wear them; you'll wear them. He really doesn't want a vest.
Now for your entertainment, the best movie EVER about pajamas AND the garment industry hands down (and isn't that Gertie in the polka dot dress in the second number?):
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!