This project really tested me and not in a way that I was expecting.
These are the Carolyn Pajamas from Closet Case Files, made in the Rifle Paper Co rayon from Cotton and Steel. They may be the prettiest things I own. They make me feel like a grown-up (and like I need more sophisticated bedding to match.) They have piping and french seams and I love them.
However, those fancy finishes add significantly to the sewing time and there were several points with this project where I thought, “I could just go buy a pair of pj pants for 12.99 at any store and be done with it.” In 30 minutes, I could have a cute new pair, for the price of a sandwich. There is very little instant gratification in sewing and it’s been surprising to see how trained I am to want something new, right away.
But, they would not be these pajamas. They would be the most basic, cheap things and clothing should not cost the same amount as the lunch special. My gorgeous pajamas are worth every extra bit of time I spent on them. And taking that time is hopefully going to help my brain learn to wait.
Some construction details:
I ended up making a second pair of shorts. The top is a size 6 and fits great, but the shorts are a slim cut and my original size 8 pair just fit. I like a little more lounge in my lounge-wear, so I went up two sizes for the next ones and extended the length of the cuffs. I used the beautiful selvedge edge of the fabric on the pocket and instead of the sleeve cuffs. I tried it as the trim on the shorts first, but it gave them a bloomer-like effect that I didn’t like.
These pj’s are so soft and floaty! I am delighted with the final product. I will definitely be making flannel pair for the winter.
Project: Carolyn Pajamas in Rifle Paper Co fabric
Total Cost: $109
Pattern: $23 CAD
Time: I lost count, but I’d put them in the 15-20 hour range, including PDF assembly.
Fit: No specific alterations, but I’d increase the width of the arm a bit next time.
What to work on: Patience. Just keep swimming.