Happy New Year everybody! So sorry for my absence on the blog for a little while, I had some little festive posts planned but the slightly early arrival of a darling new niece and a two night stay for our own little fur baby in an out of town emergency vets had us staying with family over the break without my blogging equipment and surrounded by festive distractions!
So, to kick the new year off in style what could be better than the most important clothing item any of us own (in my opinion)… PJs!
Now I must confess I did feel a little odd taking photos of myself in pyjamas, in the middle of the day, but us bloggers have to embrace these oddities and on the plus side Gatsby seemed very pleased at the prospect of heading back to bed at lunchtime… !
Despite the fact that there are few things I love more than putting my pyjamas on after a hot bubble bath at the end of the day, historically I have never made my own. This seems odd to me as I love vintage style home wear- house coats, nighties and frilly aprons are all the kind of things I live for! I decided to remedy this before Christmas, found this Vogue pattern from the 1940s on Etsy and got cracking.
I did change one thing about the pattern and that was to add some pyjama elastic to the back waist instead of sew in in the back waist darts. I kept the waist darts on the front so as not to distract from the style but I couldn’t resist the extra level of comfort that elastic gives- comfort over style has to apply to night wear to a certain degree, right?
I also made a button fly down the side waist rather than the zip suggested as I really didn’t fancy a zip in PJs, but because of the elastic it turns out that I didn’t actually need it- blonde much? So the next pair will be super speedy to construct!
I found the cotton flannel at Fabrics Galore, one of my most local fabric shops but for anyone looking for a nice selection online, Truro Fabrics have some super pretty ones. I particularly like this cute spotty one, it reminds me of apples, which reminds me of apple pie… yum!
I also think I will be whipping these up in some cotton lawn for the spring too, and perhaps adding in a matching strappy cami top for hot summer nights.
I really loved the neckline on the top and so I definitely wanted to add detail there and included the piping that was shown on the pattern pic- just some bias strips of white cotton folded in half so nice and easy.
They are super comfy and I have already worn them more than enough to have deemed them worth making. I think I will try a 1950s style pair next with the slim trousers and the baby doll top. A girl can never have too many pyjamas can she! My only complaint is not being able to wear them out of the house!
Have you ever made any vintage nightwear or your own pyjamas?