Amanda vs Secret PJ Dress

I have the worst willpower ever. This is a lady who cannot say no to a second/third/fourth piece of cheese, a fine piece of stationery or any fabric sale. So now that the weather has turned cold down here and I’m pulling out my autumnal snugglies it was time to fold like a cheap suitcase and make another secret PJ dress. All hail the power of the stealth pyjama!


This comfy sucker is exactly the same frankenpattern hack as before – the Colette Moneta top with the Blue Ginger Doll Violet skirt. The only change I made to the merging of the two patterns was to omit the pockets and smooth the side seams to match better before cutting. Lesson definitely learnt from last time.


The fabric is what got this whole sewing party going – and managed to kick-start my poor withered sewjo. I found this sassy number at Addicted to Fabric in the morning, took it to CBR Sewing Crew in the afternoon and cut and sewed everything up in less than three hours. Winning! The fabric is yet another weird poly faux quilt number but in the most delicious shade of burgundy/merlot/tasty red wine. The poly wadding between the two layers was falling out very easily so I made sure all edges were sealed with my overlocker before really kicking off.


The construction was super quick which makes for an easy win. As this was a total impulse sew I forgot to try and tinker with the front armhole as noted from my last Violet/Moneta hack. Doh! In the end it is fine but that fabric fold is telling me there needs to be a bit more room to move in there. Facings were left out again and the neckline was folded down and topstitched. And hang on to your smelling salts, delicate readers, for I went scandalously rogue and used a long straight stitch, rather then a zig zag, for my topstitching on the sleeve ends, hem and neckline. Boom! This sewist cannot be tamed!

worst fabric ever to try and close up O_o

What I liked about this pattern:

  • The speed of construction. Such a quick turn around from go to whoa was just what Dr Sewjo ordered. Thank you autumnal wonder frock™.
  • The fitted design lines. I have been wearing garments with lots of ease lately and they just don’t work for me. It’s not me it’s you, ridiculously gorgeous but blousy Japanese sewing designs.
  • The colour. This is the only red thing in my cupboard (apart from my 14-year old Hogwarts hoodie) and I’m trying to work out why there isn’t more?!

What I would change for next time:

  • Fix the dang fabric fold, Amanda. You can do this – just make sure you read this post to remind you before cutting O_o
  • Scoop the neck a little. I shall be risqué with a little more skin on show!
  • Nothing else! It’s a winner.


The Deets

Pattern: Bodice from Colette Moneta and skirt from Blue Ginger Doll Violet

Fabric: 2m quilted poly majesty from Addicted to Fabric (with 0.5m spare)

Notions: thread

See also: me (teehee!)


Overall, I love my new secret PJ dress. It’s on heavy rotation in my work wardrobe and I haven’t yet succumbed to napping under my desk in comfort – double win! In other news, El Husbando and I fly out next weekend for our five week adventure through Peru. Eep! So much to do and so little time left – I best get to it!



  1. Agree with Morgan! This colour looks amazing on you! I bet, this dress is super comfy, and I won’t be surprised, if you made at least one more. Have fun in Peru!

  2. That fabric is fascinating. A stretchy knit AND with a cool embossed geo pattern?!?! Now, I could say that I intensely dislike you for joining the club of people who sew together a whole dress in the short of a few hours… but you’re far too fabulous and sassy to be dislikable. Lucky you 😉 LOVE the make!

  3. Hi, just found your page after going down the Google rabbit hole. Love the look of this dress and your other makes!
    I love the look of your dress and have just bought the Moneta pattern, but Bluegingerdoll no longer exists! 🙁 I know this post is super old, but wondering if this is a half circle skirt?
    Thanks, and Im going to keep trawling though your posts- so many amazing clothes you’ve made!

    • Hi Janna, so sorry for the delay in reply! If I had to hazard a guess, I would say a half circle skirt 😀 Sadly I wore these out beyond yet another repair so I can’t check them to be sure. Have a lovely Sunday!

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