New PJs!

I started the new year with an easy project. My favorite pajama pants ripped and weren’t fixable, so I made a new pair. I picked up some soft cotton shirting on sale from Jo-Ann and the newly released pattern Simplicity 1502. I made view E, but I’ll probably try the top in the future — it looks super comfy.

Simplicity 1502

The last time I tried PJs, I forgot to check the finished garment measurements and they ended up being GIGANTIC. I could’ve fit two of me in them. The waistband was too wide and really bunchy and gross. It was kind of sad and embarrassing. So this time I checked the finished measurements before starting (duh) and made a size smaller than the recommended size so there wouldn’t be too much ease. And the waistband is nice and narrow and not gross looking 🙂

blue stripe pjs


blue stripe closeup

Obligatory fabric closeup

I got these done in less than an hour and a half – sewed and serged the seams, wasitband, and bottoms of the legs, then just turned down the waistband elastic casing and the hems and topstitched. Threaded the elastic through and topstitched the little opening, and I was done. Super easy, and they turned out cute enough that I decided I needed another pair. I went back to Jo-Ann and got a soft plaid cotton shirting (still on sale!) and did another pair the next day.

plaid closeup

Plaid fabric for PJs #2

On a separate note, did you see this NYT article about the US textile industry? It’s really interesting – definitely worth the read.