I love pajama pants. If I didn’t know any better, I would be a total What not to Wear nominee and wear them everywhere. One of the things I wanted to accomplish when I was home for the holidays was sewing a new pair of PJs. I really enjoy sewing at home because my mom is awesome at all things sewing related and I’m still a newbie. So it’s fun to spend time with her and to be able to ask her questions if I screw up.
I bought some purple plaid fleece at G Street Fabrics in the DC area. It’s a really great store to find some great fabric. They have everything. After giving the fabric a nice hot wash and dry (to preshrink), I got to work. Luckily for me at the exact moment I started working, my personal assistant for the day came and got in the way.
What is it with cats having to get all up in your sewing business? They seriously love to interfere.
Even with the somewhat constant distractions from the cat, this was a really quick project. I used a great PJ pant pattern by Kwik Sew:
Kwik Sew patterns are pretty great for those new to sewing. The patterns are a thicker piece of paper than the usual tissue which can rip easily. These are the pictures from the front of the envelope, and while it looks more like jeans, they are elastic waist pants and I’ve made them as PJ pants before. While I can’t say I’ve used many of the patterns, this one makes wonderful comfy slouchy pants. If that is what you like in your PJs, then I recommend this pattern. There is another PJ specific pattern available, but I think this one is just fine.
Here’s the finished product:
I altered the pattern slightly to make it longer (nothing worse than chilly ankles), and also used ribbon that I purchased at JoAnns as my waist band. The pattern calls for elastic but if you put button holes in the front of the waistband (I hand stitched mine) then you can thread ribbon through, fasten it with some stitches in the back, and have a fun ribbon style tie.
PJ Pants can be really expensive for what they are. Here’s a great example:
These aren’t that different from mine (although I sized up slightly to make mine very slouchy). These would set me back $40 on sale, and mine were a fraction of the cost. I see myself making these in a ton of different styles, replacing all my store bought PJs. Why buy $40 PJ pants when you can make your own in a couple of hours in whatever colors you want?