Friday, 29 May 2015

New Vintage pyjamas?!

Hello! Today's blog title is a bit of an oxymoron, but these are newly made pyjamas using vintage fabric and a vintage pattern.

Me pretending to sleep.

These were made in reaction to my lack of me-made jim-jams during MeMadeMay15.

I scored the pattern while out with my Mum and Aunt in a charity shop. I was thrilled with my haul: I got a 60s, a 50s and a 30s pattern! My companions were NOT of a mind with me nor the online sewing community however, as they both deemed my purchases rather naff!

I decided that the top as per pattern would be too neck-choking, so I went with the pyjama trousers and a simple box top.

Hugging middle child's bedtime bear. 

The fabric is a vintage twill, from my Nan's stash. It had a label on it saying it was a fabric sample and not for resale! I wonder how she got it.

I am really happy with these. They were sewn up in a burst of enthusiasm, jumping the queue in front of many other outfits that were patiently waiting to be finished! They have a bit of design interest over regular elastic-waist PJs, a flat-front waistband with soft pleats underneath, and elastic at the back. On the left, there is an opening that closes with a button.
That did, if I am honest, cause some head scratching. I just could not grasp how the instructions wanted me to conceal those raw edges. So, I cheated and used bias binding! I also used a loop of elastic rather than a buttonhole, although I could always go back and change that later.
I couldn't wait to have a lazy day wearing these rather than regular clothes! They are roomy to wriggle in (I have it on good authority that I do this in my sleep) and definitely comfy. 
More fake sleeping!
I'll see how much I wear them before I decide if I'll make more from this pattern. But I definitely like the idea of more handmade pyjamas. I can count this as one of my "Vintage Pledge" makes too! Oh, and not sure you can tell in long-shot but the top has a pocket. Rather cute!
I'm tired now, so I'll say night night!  Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...


  1. Lovely pjs! They are great! :)

  2. Ha, ha - love your fake sleeping pictures! That fabric looks very pretty. Lucky you on having a grandmother's stash.

  3. They lookfab! And suoer comfie!

  4. Great to see actual in bed pyjama pics! Love them :)

  5. They look fab! Love the fabric, so nice that it came from your Nan's stash!

  6. Thank's I am very lucky to have inherited her sewing things.

  7. They are so adorable - there is a distinct lack in my JimJam wears too - thanks for the inspiration :)

  8. Lovely PJs! I always think handmade pyjamas are great because you can feel good about wearing me-mades even when you want to be lazy and super comfy!

  9. These are so precious -- I love that they come from vintage fabric and use a vintage pattern! I adore your pictures also!

  10. Love them! I don't blame you for queue-jumping - those just invite a perfect comfy home day.