When I found out I was heading in for my third round of surgery in 12 months I made the decision that it was important to have some sassy sleepwear ready for my recovery. I hunted around for some delightful fabrics that conveyed “recuperation with style AND sophistication” to really hit home that this was a gown up lady type who was serious about her recovery. And then I found the most majestic and therapeutic fabric of all time which has resulted in some banks crazy PJ pants. Maturity: 0, Amanda: 25,652.
These are the pants from the Carolyn Pajamas/Pyjamas from Closet Case Patterns. The Carolyn PJ pants are straight legged, rock an elasticised waist (because a lady needs to be hella comfy when in her jimjams), slash pockets and a faux fly. I went with Version B which also includes a sassy piping contrast to create a hem cuff but the craziness of my majestic and mature fabric choice means you can’t really see it. But pretend you can and and gasp in awe – I’ll even give you five seconds….. Such fierce piping, hey?
The fabric is an amazing out of control Hello Kitty flannelette from my old friend Spotlight. Now real talk: I made a pair of jimjam pants using the Simplicity 2116 out of this exact flannel about three years ago and finally wore through them this winter. The flannel has worn pretty well and when a friend of mine discovered the remains of a bolt on the clearance rack for $4 a metre of course I snaffled some more. Flannel is pretty forgiving to sew with and the biggest challenge I had with this pink
monstrosity majesty was trying to pattern match so I didn’t have an awkwardly places cat face on my butt. Sorry Hello Kitty – this is super awkward for both of us…
Construction wise, these were very straightforward. As I made these at the last minute to be ready for my recovery I was well behaved and followed the instructions from the booklet for a change. These were clear and easy to follow. PJ pants are a fabulous quick and easy project and I knocked these over in two evenings from go to whoa. I followed the instructions as written except to add line of stretch stitch through the middle of the casing and elastic to really secure the elastic down. This was unnecessary but it made my feel like I was the boss of the pattern and isn’t that what it’s all about? Instructions 1 : Amanda : 1.
What I loved about this pattern:
- The straight legged vibe. These are super comfy to wear and have a nice fit. I feel a little snazzier than I did in my poor old S2116 (sidenote: I wish I had actually blogged those so I could sear everyone’s eyes with double pink Hello Kitty fabric. Oh well, you live and learn!)
- The pockets. I can’t believe how rad it is to have jimjams with pockets. Seriously. How have I managed without this.
- The piping detail. It’s super cute and I love the added fun. This definitely adds more sass to the pattern – especially if you can see it. /facepalm
What I would change for next time:
- Make the shorts and a short sleeves top. Of course the weather has finally gotten too warm for flannel and these are not getting worn as much as they could.
- Go a plain or subtler print to show off the piping. Actually, scratch that HELLO KITTY FTW!
- Nothing else. These are tops and I only added this point so my lists would be balanced.
Pattern: Carolyn Pajamas by Closet Case Patterns
Fabric: 1.5m of Hello Kitty flannelette from Spotlight
Notions: 1m of elastic, 1m of piping and crazy pink thread all from stash
See also: Cookin’ and Craftin’, The Crafty Pinup, Oliver’s Fancy
Overall, I am rather smitten with my ridiculously cute PJ pants. I mean, who doesn’t want to be snug and cosy whilst remaining super sassy while they are forced to lie on the couch and watch Netflix for two weeks straight. Seriously, I love Netflix but this is bananas! Once I have my sewing paw ready to go, I’m looking to make a summer set of these in a lovely lightweight cotton. In a totally grown up and serious print of course… * google where to buy Hufflepuff fabric *
Fabric Tragic says
So mature and classy! Hope their awesomeness helps speed your recovery!
Mwah ha ha! Hello Kitty has been very therapeutic 😀
Best of luck with your recovery, surely being covered in pink kitties will aid and abet x
Thank you! They are totally helping!
Elizabeth H says
I love them, very snazzy and good luck in your recovery!
Thank you! It’s slow but steady progress 😀
I love your pink Hello Kitty pj’s. They are fabulous! I wish you a speedy full recovery.
Thank you! Isn’t the fabric just crazy adorable?! 😀
I wish you a speedy recovery. And two idle weeks gives you lots of time to make up a great story about the scars!
Ohhh! I hadn’t thought about that possibility! * puts thinking cap on *
These are all kinds of awesome! And when you find the Hufflepuff fabric, please let me know if there is some Ravenclaw too – ta!! Hope you’re back to full sewing strength soon.
I shall keep you in the loop! HP fabric for us all!!! 😀
Super cute! I hope you have a quick recovery from your surgery!
Thanks, Tanya! The healing is steady (which I am sure Hello Kitty is assisting with) 😀
I’ve been making so many pj bottoms for teaching my sewing classes. I bought all my fabric early and didn’t plan for tops or matching shirts. AND NOW I REGRET THAT. I love these. The piping is so fun and my next round of teaching pants will have pockets (because everyone asks for them later, lol)
So glad to hear I am not the only one with Lonely PJ Pants Syndrome 😀 Who knew pockets in PJs would be so helpful? I am never going back!!!
Kate McLoughlin says
I love these! I used to make my own pjs regularly based off of a pair of RTW that fit ok – they all had the cuff and the piping. I liked that it helped add weight to the leg so I didn’t get so tangled in them (I’m a restless sleeper!)
I hear you on the extra weight with the cuff! It is such a good thing for those of us who exercise in our sleep!
I LOVE these! I’ve got my eye on some Hello Kitty cotton at Fabrics Galore (they have 3 different designs to chose from!) for just this purpose!
Wishing you a speedy recovery!
Yesssss! Let’s be Hello Kitty twins!!!
Fantastic that you only needed 1.5m for these. The last ones I made needed 2.2m somehow! Good luck with your recovery
I should flag that my fabri was crazy wide so that had a lot to do with it! I can’t wait to make a summer set – can that be made with less than 2m of fabric? I shall report in!
Cat Reilly says
Thank you. I have never made anything to wear before, and I have been staring at the pattern and my cut pieces for ages, unable to figure out how to piece together. I did some googling and your blog with the description of really clear instructions made me go back and re-read. Finally have figured it out, thanks to you! The Hello Kitty looks super cute. Hope they gave you a lot of joy!
Huzzah! I’m so glad that you have worked it out. They are such comfy PJs! I hope you enjoy yours 😀
Amanda, these are super cute.
Thank you!!! I love them!!
Best of recoveries to you!
I love your choice of fabric and this pattern is awesome.
I made some pjs out of linen (who can tell the pattern from a real pants pattern, after all). I just didn’t have pockets or piping.
The pockets and piping are special for grown up recoveries.
I’ve just found your blog. Thank you!
Ohhh! I would love a pair in linen! That sounds heavenly!!