Amanda vs Lakeside Pyjamas

Real talk: I am a total creature of habit and planning. Nothing soothes my soul like a well compiled to do list and ticking things off. So it has to be something pretty freaking cool to shake up my next sewing project plans. Enter impulse purchased fabric and the Grainline Studios Lakeside Pyjamas set. This is a match made in crazy awesome!


The fabric that lured me in like a siren’s song is a fantastic Japanese lawn from Spotlight. It is whisper soft, handles beautifully and is reasonably priced- win! But most importantly it is covered in peculiar little blobs which I have been treating like a personal Rorschach test. For me, the blobs are tiny little Totoros gallivanting. For El Husbando they are kitty faces. Regardless of what you think they are these suckers are adorable and totally rock it with the pink bias binding!


Construction wise these PJs were fairly simple and, as always with Grainline patterns, the instructions were very detailed and clear. The only trouble I had was trying to get a couple of binding joins sorted- specifically the back wrap to the neckline and the side of the gym shorts. It took a few goes but I finally got it sorted and they turned out fine. The stitching is a bit hinky here but you live, you learn.


The insides have been French seamed which could make me sound super fancy or some such but let’s be honest – I was just too lazy to drag my overlocker out. BWAH HA HA! I had also just caved and purchased a bias binding foot for Daisy the Janome and holy monkey hats that thing is amazing! You just feed the binding into the foot, slip the fabric into the binding sandwich and away it goes. Life. Changing.


The only grumble I have about these bad boys is the sizing of the gym shorts. Whilst my measurements were comfortably in the recommended size range things feel a bit snug there. It may be I’m used to sleeping in looser shorts or perhaps I have a free range butt that needs room to move? Regardless, it’s comfy enough for PJs but next time things will be a size up for sure!


What I liked about this pattern:

  • The back panel wrap. I feel like a human burrito!
  • The gym shorts vibe. It’s a 70s flashback in the best possible way!
  • The bias binding trim- it’s pimping your PJs!

What I would change next time:

  • Go up a size in the shorts. Comfiness is premium!
  • Make my own bias tape. Laziness prevailed here.
  • I’ve got nothing else. This is a stellar pattern!


The Deets

Pattern: Lakeside Pyjamas by Grainline Studio

Fabric: 1.5 metres Japanese lawn from Spotlight

Notions: Thread, 1m elastic, 6m cotton bias binding

See also: Awfully Nice, True Bias, Lladybird

Overall, these PJs are all kinds of rad! I’m seriously contemplating knocking some of these up for Christmas gifts this year with matching sleep masks and little drawstring bags. Though that would require me to get organised and that’s not on the cards. But you know what is? PILLOW FIGHT!





  1. I shall never be able to look at your arse again without thinking “Hmmm … Free range butt”.

    And that’s a good thing!

    LOVE the pjs. They are totes the best thing and also that burrito back wrap thing is rad.

  2. I can see little kitty faces too! I’m gonna show the daughter these, I can see her wearing them. I like the style of the boxer shorts too with the side seams shaped like that, just a bit different to a standard pair.

  3. These are GREAT! I love the little blobs patterns – I see kitties, but I WANT to see Totoros! Why can’t I see TOTOROS! Lol – I have this pattern and really need to make it up! Also, this bias binding foot you speak of – it sounds magical – where did you find it / hear about it? I have a Kenmore machine, but maybe I could partake in the awesomeness – lol 🙂

    • I am seeing the tiny totoros – the little white blobby one! May be wishful thinking though…
      Okay, so I have a Janome and the foot I got was: I bought it from my local Janome shop for $30. It was a definite splurge but damn it is AMAZING! I am hong kong finishing all of the things!

  4. these are adorable. I find my shorts a wee bit tight too, and maybe a bit shorter than I usually wear, but I love them all the same. i have another pair planned to make up. curious – did you make your own tape or use store bought? Im on the lookout for silk bias tape for next time because my store bought is a bit itchy.

    • Okay, maybe it is not just my free range butt making these feel a wee bit tight! I have made these up twice (one for a friend last year and this one) and I made self tape last time and store bought this time. I have found the tape a little scratchy and am hoping some washing will soften it up. I’d definitely prefer self made but making 6 metres is definitely fiddly! The silk sounds lovely 😀

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