Pity my poor husband - instead of a beautifully quaffed and made-up housewife greeting him at the door with a cocktail, most days he's greeted by me....in my pyjamas. I make no apologies, I adore wearing PJ's, there just so cosy and comfortable. I own an impressive array of bottom halves but sadly, most of them are way past their sell by date. Which is why I signed up for Karen's Pyjama Party Sewalong in a nano second. A simple idea but such a fabulous one don't you think?
I've made PJ bottoms for my boys before, but not for me, so I'm going to use this (allegedly) easy peasy Simplicity pattern.
I'm hoping to make two pairs of pyjama bottoms but still can't make my mind up about making a pyjama top too. I do like matching sets, but more often than not, I wear a vest or camisole. It's a tricky one.
Anyway, here are my fabrics: a bluey/grey cotton shirting and a lovely vintage flower print cotton.
The flowery fabric is actually a sarong, given to me by my friend Rose. She's never worn it and passed it on to me as she thought it was more my style. She's so right, thanks Rose love! I was going to go down the 1930's siren route and make some PJ's out of silk cotton, but decided to sensibly try and stash bust instead. Talking of 1930's sirens, I was very distracted by these amazing nightwear patterns from one of my treasured issues of Good Needlework Magazine. They're from August 1932.
Just so elegant and glamorous. Imagine my excitement when I saw in the contents page that they were also featuring a pattern named Jane....
...sadly quashed when it was revealed to be a child's dressing gown (doh). I LOVE the Mimi PJ's on the same page though, much more my style.
Style-wise, I'm still drawn to my 1940's pattern for a pyjama top.
The one on the left though, not the knotted midriff-baring one. Much as I love it, I'm probably about 25 years too old to pull it off. At the end of the day, it comes down to basic laziness... can I really be bothered with the whole rigmarole of collar, buttons and buttonholes? I may just make a Sorbetto top instead. In short, if I end up with two pairs of pyjama bottoms from this sewalong, I'll be happy - if there's a matching top of some description in there too, I'll be ecstatic. I'm really looking forward to this! Happy Tuesday. x