Say hello to my new PJs! Just in time for the cold snap that’s arrived in the UK. I bought this gingham flannel back on a hot summer day. Those will make some cosy winter pyjamas, I thought. I wasn’t wrong. Have you ever sewn with flannel? You must! It’s like walking around in a giant hot water bottle, only with less danger of drowning.
I went to town with baby pink satin piping on the shirt. I don’t usually bother sewing pyjama tops, but I was tired of wearing ancient running T-shirts with my home sewn pyjama bottoms. I wanted a pair of PJs I could wear on a weekend break with friends and not find myself cringing with shame.
The pattern? It’s unisex, Burda 2691. With a unisex pyjama pattern, you’d better prepare for some tweaking to your body shape. I shortened the sleeves and took four inches off the length of the shirt, sewn with a generous seam allowance. I shaved three inches off the depth of the crotch, yet found myself adding an inch to the trouser length. Huh?!
This is not a sophisticated pattern, but I found it a really cute make. And if you want to get a bit of experience of patch pockets, adding piping, matching plaid, adjusting patterns, and sewing a simple collar … you could do worse than sew your own full pyjama set. Plus, you get to snuggle up on the sofa in your new make.
I love seeing how cleanly pressed this flannel is in my photos. Probably the last time this set of pyjamas will ever see an iron again.