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. 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!