Pyjama Party Launches!


I think the above accurately sums up my mood! I’m soooo happy at how people have engaged with our Pyjama Party – Tofino Style. I’ve appreciated every comment saying how useful the sewalong posts were. Tutorial blog posts often receive few comments because of their nature – they’re not a conversation. So it meant a lot that people took the time to let me know I was doing okay.

On Friday we had our Shindig event with Tasia of Sewaholic! I had no idea what to expect, having never done anything like this before, but it was really fantastic. We were treated to a very intimate and privileged insight into Tasia’s creative process, business management and design ethos. Did you know that she added that piping in order to visually lengthen our legs – PJ bottoms being so blocky. Clever, huh? I was also thrilled to see one of the participants actually sewing as we had our video chat. Talk about multi-tasking! A huge thank you to Tasia for taking part – I think we were both stepping outside of our comfort zone.

What do I think to my Tofino pants now that I’ve had chance to wear them? It’s love. I think my favourite detail (after the piping) is the back waist section being drafted deeper than the front. This means that you can lounge around, all cross-legged and reaching for the next slice of pizza, and you don’t need to worry that you’re showing your butt! So, so clever. You can see this detail really well in the below photo. See how the back sections rise up significantly higher at the waist?

Two Pieces Mirror Images

So, over to you! Did you make some Tofino pants or any other sort of pyjamas? Feel like sharing? Leave a comment below with a link to a blog post about your PJs and you automatically get your name thrown into the hat for our grand prize. If you don’t have a blog, you can email me photos at didyoumakethat[at]fastmail[dot]fm. The giveaway will close on Friday 28 June, midnight GMT.

Right. Anyone fancy a pillow fight?

Pillow Fight

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84 Responses to Pyjama Party Launches!

  1. Your PJ’s look fantastic Karen and love your bouncing on the bed! I don’t think I’d have got away with that shot as little people would have wanted to join in 😉
    Thank you for hosting – it has been an experience!

  2. Sabs says:

    My PJs are so comfy, I’m NEVER buying another pair ever again! Thanks Karen for giving me the push I needed to finally make some. Let the party begin!

  3. Lovely to have you as our sewing guide, thank you! Here are some pint-sized pjs:

  4. Catherine says:

    Pillow fight!!!!
    Great work on your pyjamas! The piping makes sitting around a little more fancy! 😉
    I didn’t make Tofino pj’s but i did pick up a vintage pattern that had a matching top. These are my jim jams here!
    Thanks for the party! I never would have made pants or pjs without the motivation!
    Now who wants to play truth or dare!??

  5. Woohoo Party Time!
    If you’re a bit peckish after all that bouncing then hop on over to my blog where there’s some food for our midnight feast!

  6. Gjeometry says:

    Yes!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been positively vibrating waiting for the Pyjama Party!! Can’t wait to sift through and see everybody’s jammies! Thank you so much for hosting, Karen, what a fun Sewalong and your completed pyjamas look terrific! Here are my Pyjamas, enjoy! (Kitty says to say ‘meow’) 🙂

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  8. cathy says:

    Hooray! Thank you so much for hosting this. I live in Benin (West Africa) and with shipping taking 2+ months for anything to arrive here, I knew it wouldn’t be possible to make the tofino pants in time to participate. HOWEVER I made the Colette Madeleine bloomers! And then a friend came and visited and she made a pair of pajama pants from the Colette Iris pattern to join in on the fun together! Then we had lots of fun being silly taking pictures in our mosquito nets, since malaria is alive and well here and we prefer to not become deathly ill. Our double post is here: Thank you so much again for hosting – i loved learning about the double notches for the back, I always wondered why some were single and some were double, but never figured it out until I started following this sewalong.

  9. redambition says:

    Yay, Pyjama Party time!

    Thanks so much for hosting Karen, and I found your tutorial posts extremely informative (given that I was running behind schedule so badly up until the end, I was able to sew pretty much exclusively from your posts, only referring to the instructions when I wasn’t online).

    Here’s my post, horrible pictures and all…

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  11. Kat H says:

    Yay, thank you so much for hosting another pajama party! Once again, heaps of fun, and I really enjoyed following along even if I didn’t make the “official” PJ pants.

    My pair (plus a bonus pair) are over here:

  12. Jo says:

    Woo! My PJs are live Karen! You gave me the push I needed to restart my sewing mojo, and for that I thank you. Your reward is some ridiculous poses from me. And my gratitude of course 🙂

  13. Muriel says:

    thanks for hosting the pyjama party for us. I really enjoyed your sew-along-posts. You look fantasic in your new pants.
    I made a german pyjama pattern named Helgoland. (german)

  14. sewbusylizzy says:

    I’ll be posting later this week!

  15. Hurray! Pjs all done and dusted – my version is just the average elasticated-waist-draw-them-yourself version hat I made for my son, but with added pirates. I made a pair for myself a couple of months ago, and they aren’t too amazing due to some burning issues with the iron, and sizing issues (ie they fit my husband and he’s quite a big man), so I’m hoping that my son’s bottoms bring me luck and I end up with the Tofino pattern to make myself some better ones. Good luck everybody and enjoy the pj party!

  16. Sarah says:

    Thanks for all the fun and brilliant pictures and advice. I am still in the dark about why I have a hole at the bottom of the false fly and what to do with it. Also, if anyone could tell me how much main fabric I should buy next time (i.e. deduct amount for piping and tie in contrast) I would be v v grateful.
    Have posted my pic as an email to Karen as I don’t have a blog just yet although you lot are certainly inspiring me.
    Does anyone know of any Vogue sewalongs?

  17. Kim says:

    Yay! I’m ready to party! My doggies where very excited too (well, they had to be bribed, but that can be our little secret right?)
    Thanks for hosting the party Karen!

  18. Amanda says:

    Ahhh piping! It is the majestic trim of awesome- now I know how to use it I am totes obsessed 😀 I’ve made me some PJs that featured a pink hedgehog named Errol…

  19. Caro says:

    Hi Karen, thanks for hosting this Pyjama Party, I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve made a pair for me and one for each of the girls.

  20. Jane says:

    Here are mine:
    Thanks for hosting Karen and for posting such great instructions. Yay for PJ’s!! x

  21. Emily says:

    Thanks for hosting Karen! I learned a lot and I’m glad I gave pajamas another go after a bad first experience. And I totally agree that the way the waist sits on the Tofino is the most brilliant aspect of the pattern. The last pajamas I made sat 1″ below the waist, and these are much comfier.

    Here are my Tofinos:

  22. Woo Hoo! It’s a party!! Your Pjs are awesome!

    I made a sexy pair of tofinos for myself and some baby “tofinos” for my little mr. man. Thanks for hosting!

  23. carlalissa says:

    OMG Karen you have created a monster (nice one by the way)…. the whole wide world of the web are in PJ party mode!!! How fun. I do not have a blog but I did email you my pics hope you got them! 🙂

  24. Helena says:

    I’m ready for the party, having used my son’s bedroom as a backdrop, it’s a bit more fun than the grownup’s bedroom.

    My purple velour pants can be seen here:

  25. Kelly says:

    Your pajamas look awesome! I wanted to jump on the bed but we have those platform beds with no box springs and they don’t bounce, no fun! When we stay in hotels my kids love to jump on the beds 🙂 Here are my jammies, I made a week’s worth of PJs!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  26. EmSewCrazy says:

    Fun Fun! Love your photos at the beginning Karen. I can’t wait to see what everyone else has done. My plans were cut short, literally when all I got done was some kids pairs.

  27. lloubb says:

    yay, it’s party time! Thanks for hosting!
    Here’s a pic of my Tofino oj shorts:
    Love these puppies – sitting in them right now with my morning tea!

  28. annanicole says:

    Yay! Pajama party time =D Your PJs look great, I do love the piping. Thanks for hosting again this year! I was so disappointed I couldn’t participate last year that I jumped for joy when I saw you announce the return of the Pajama Party. I didn’t do the Tofinos but I did (rather unmatching) tops and bottoms for the whole family. Pictures and details about my welt pocket (!!) here:

  29. annanicole says:

    Sometimes when I try to comment on WordPress my comment doesn’t show up, but in case you review them before they post you can ignore this one. Thanks again for bringing back the Pyjama party! I’ve been super excited to play along this time =D Here are my PJs for the family, compllete with welt pocket::

  30. Heather says:

    Thank you host Karen! I emailed two snapshots. I am totally jazzed seeing all the creative happy people all over the world in their comfy pyjamas! Happy Happy Lounging! xoxox and again many thanks!

  31. mlussier2013 says:

    Thank you host Karen. I have emailed you a picture of my breast cancer cure PJ’s. This was the first sewalong that I have every participated it. I have been sewing for many years and I learned some new tricks ( Tailors tack being one of them). Thanks again.

  32. Deborah says:

    Amazing instructions Karen, thanks! Bit late to the party, but here I am enjoying my pyjamas with great enthusiasm

  33. We Thread Carefully girls had so much fun making these! Our efforts are over here:

    thanks for the fun sewalong, Karen!

  34. sewexhausted says:

    Awesome PJ’s… I am sorry I missed out on the pyjama party- hopefully next year I will join in! I am enjoying reading about everyone’s though! ~Laurie

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  36. Chantal says:

    Thank you, Karen, for hosting this pyjama party! I’m loving my new Tofino pants! You can see them here:

    I can’t wait to check out what everyone else has made!

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  38. Jane says:

    What an evening – watching Miss Marple (at her knitting group) wearing me made PJs…… Thanks so much for hosting this party, it’s fab to see the different PJs everyone has whipped up, and whilst I didn’t sew the Tofinos your sewalong posts were super useful. I’m tempted to buy the tofino for a longer winter pair (I have the perfect charity shop duvet cover stashed away…..)

    Thanks Karen and other Pyjama party-ers

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  41. Kato says:

    Woohoo! Loads of excellent pyjamas!
    I’ve been making some myself and I very nearly got them finished – only to find that the elastic I had in my sewing box fell a few inches short of my waist measurement. Woe! I put them on anyway and got my husband to take some photos. I’m not sure if it’s really proper to attend a party when your trousers are at risk of slipping down at any moment, but… here’s the link just in case:

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  43. Amy says:

    Haha, great photos Karen! Here’s mine:
    Amy x

  44. Shar says:

    My daughter and I are dressed in our Tofinos and ready to party! I don’t have a blog, but sent you two photos. Thanks so much for hosting this! I’m leaving Flickr links below it that’s easier:

  45. crab&bee says:

    Is anything more festive than red jammies? Yours are delightful. I’m joining the party too!

  46. dixiediy says:

    I’ve already worn my pajama shorts every day since I made them. I don’t know why it took me so long to actually sew some pjs.

    I made some non-torfino Star Trek themed sleep shorts:

    Thanks for hosting, Karen!

  47. Thanks, everyone! There are so many awesome PJs out there.

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  49. MarrieB says:

    Thanks for hosting Karen! I successfully copied a pair of my favorite ratty old pajamas!! Your tutorial posts were great, and really helpful for me since I didn’t have any pattern instructions to follow.

  50. Lisette says:

    I’m really excited to go through and look at everyone else’s pajamas! Mine are done but need some tweaking before they’re really wearable.

  51. Merje says:

    I love all the Tofinos! Thank you so much for starting the party. It gave me the kick I needed to start blogging my sewing journey. Your stitch in the ditch instructions were excellent- I have done that before but the extra step of basting as well as pinning made all the difference- I LOVE the neat result.

  52. Katrina says:

    All these PJs look fantastic, thanks for hosting and bringing us all together on. Be project. I stuck to my classic PJ pattern but will be adding faux flys to all of them from now on. Snazzy!

  53. Ginny says:

    Thanks for hosting, Karen! And for the amazing giveaway. Everyone’s pjs look fantastic. Alas, in my recent fervent fabric buying trip it somehow slipped my mind to buy fabric for this sewalong. I did get some for DD’s summer pyjamas though, so I’ll offer those instead! Here are her girly shortie ’60s pyjamas:

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  55. Oh! I have some too! I feel like I am a little late to the party, but maybe just fashionably so. Here’s the link for my pair!

  56. jdiettrich says:

    No blog, but here is the Flickr link to mine – in true PJ party fashion, my hair is undone (fresh out of bed) with coffee in hand. 🙂

    Sewalong was great – it was nice not having to look at the written instructions once! Next time I’m using flat piping though – what a pain in the tuchus.

  57. Joelle says:

    I’m late posting, but it’s only because I stayed up late so my underwear wouldn’t be stuck in the freezer! (Is that just an American thing?) Thanks for the sewalong motivation, I’m definitely making more of these!

  58. Sarah says:

    Love your jim-jams! You can never have enough! Here’s the link to mine

  59. dokucug says:

    It’s been so fun checking out everyone’s PJ projects! I’ll definitely have to up my game next year (!) but here’s my post for this party:

  60. Such a fun party! Thanks for the motivation – now that I made these, I don’t ever want to take them off 🙂 Love seeing all the pajamas out there in sewing land!

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  62. Danielle says:

    Here’s my sew-a-long post!

    Karen, I apologize in advance for all the ping-backs – I organized my post to coincide with each of your postings, so you’ll get a ping on each posting – sorry!! Thanks for doing this, I’ve had fun – and now I’m going to look at what everyone else did 🙂

  63. Sarah says:

    Thanks so much for all the fun! Here is a link to my blog with the post:

  64. PDX Gretchen says:

    Thank you for hosting this again this year! I was happy that I was able to participate this time around. And thanks for the great sewalong for the Tofinos. Here’s my post with finished Tofinos:

  65. Sharon says:

    It has been a great Pyjama Party and thank you again for hosting and getting us all together. Here are my finished Tofinos

  66. Kirsty says:

    I bought some great spotty double muslin especially for the party.. tragically went (as Jo Sews says) ‘off piste’, ruined them and so made a lap quilt out of the material instead. .. blogged here:

  67. Julie says:

    Your pattern for PJs looks perfect. I have made a few… here is a link to a matching set I made my kids.

    But I love the look of yours with a higher back.

  68. Woohoo! Pyjama party! Thanks for being an awesome pyjama party host Karen. I’ve made my pyjamas at the last minute to join in because I didn’t want to be left out of the fun!
    I’ll go make some pop corn while you guys decide on a movie to watch! 🙂

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  71. grtescp says:

    so many fabulous pyjamas!
    I completely missed the party, and it looks like it was such fun with bouncing on the bed and pillow fights… I will try and make it on time next year 🙂

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  74. Nicoline says:

    I am suitably ashamed at the lateness of my post but as I started with the intention of joining in the pyjama party, can I post the link to my finished pjs here because I love them so?! Next year I’ll be there and thanks for hosting! 🙂

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