It's time to sew again, friends, and can you guess what I'm sewing?
I don't sleep in pajamas very often, but I do like them for lounging around in. So comfy and cozy, so My Three Sons.
I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to make my pajamas out of (I'd eliminated wool crepe and taffeta), so I high-tailed it over to my favorite fabric dive, H&M on 35th St., which has been going out of business for the last two years -- how long were they in business? And whom should I bump into there but lovely Bloggette, Tricia, of Clio & Phineas! I wish I'd shaved.
It's always a little unsettling to see someone I know at a place like that, where shopping is more akin to dumpster diving. Still, I buy most of my fabric there and so far nothing has spontaneously combusted -- yet.
I found some great stuff for pajamas and a few other things. One of my all-time favorite summer fabrics, perfect for pajamas, is cotton seersucker, and I picked up three different ice creamy colors. My pajamas are going to incorporate all three!
Right next to the seersucker was a single bolt of the most amazing gray sea island cotton (it had its original label), as soft and as smooth as silk. I have never seen stuff like that there before. I picked up four yards and I'm not sure what it's going to become -- perhaps a shirt. It's a little luxurious for pajamas -- unless you're Cary Grant.
Anyway, back at home, I dug through my pattern stash and discovered I have four pajama patterns -- not exactly sure how that happened.
At first I thought I'd use the vintage Simplicity pattern on the upper right, but I don't have enough fabric for it: they were designed to reach up to your armpits, apparently. Even with pattern adjustments, I'm still short width.
A 14" fly?
Anyway, I'm settling for the more contemporary shorty pajamas using the newer Simplicity pattern. I'm hoping to finish them in just one day. Now I need to get invited to some event where I could actually wear them.
In closing, friends, what's your take on pajamas?
Do you, or someone you love, actually wear them, or are they a leftover from more modest times?
Ever been to a pajama party? (I don't think those ever caught on in New York City.)
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, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!