linen pajamas

I have been in sore need of decent summer pajamas for a while now, and finally made some up from old stash linen, using cotton scraps from this old pair for piping and the shoulder straps on the tank top.

I used the Sewing-Universe-Famous Carolyn Pajama top, which I haven’t yet worn – it’s just too hot! But I see this getting a lot of wear in the spring and fall. The bottoms are Burda 12-2014-135, which I’ve made several times for myself and DD2.

B12-2014-135 PJ bottoms

I have a pair of Bedhead pajamas and like how the front facing is stitched down to keep it from flopping around. I did the same on this top, although the instructions did not include this step.

carolyn top

And to keep cool during the summer, I made a linen version of Burda 5-2013-101, which is also comes as a dress pattern.

image burdastyle.ru

As far as style goes, linen isn’t the best choice for this top: a drapey silk or viscose would be a better choice. But it’s cool and comfortable and plenty roomy for pajamas.

B5-2013-101 linen

And, just for fun, I added little ‘tags’. Actually, they have a practical use in the tank and bottoms, as they indicate which side is the back!

fabric tags

And because I needed one, I made a quick kimono robe from some printed linen that I’ve had lying in stash for a few years. The pattern is Burda 2-2012-116. Honestly, trying to find pictures on Burdastyle.com is such a hassle. Whoever designed their new website should be fired, because it’s absolutely terrible. The Russian site is far superior, imho. You can search images and issues all the way back to 2004. They even have the year 1987 listed!

And here’s my version. I’m not modelling any of these, because, seriously! I am past putting pictures of me in my pj’s up for public consumption. Be thankful.

B2-2012-116

Pyjamas

Burda 12-2014 pajamas

I have needed a decent set of pyjamas for a very long time, and was finally driven to cutting and sewing up two sets from Burda’s December 2014 issue.  The first set is the pyjama shirt and capris.  Each image below clicks through to the pattern itself over at BurdaStyle.

Burda 12/2014 #133Burda 12/2014 #135camisole top

The fabric is a cotton lawn purchased over a year ago for the intent of a smocked girl’s dress that never happened.  I used a black poly-cotton broadcloth for the piping, and left off the pockets.  I cannot see the use of pockets in bed. I also didn’t face the capri hemline, but rather serged the edges, turned, pressed and top stitched them.

PJ pants hemling piping

I left off the top button, too, so that the collar can lay open.

Collar piping

And I like the sleeve bands.

Shirt band with piping

I didn’t have enough fabric to do a proper FBA, but as I will definitely be making another set of PJ’s, I will do so next time.

As for the other pair, made of Liberty of London Felicite in a purple colourway (again purchased over a decade ago for a smocked dress), I used the same capri pattern.  I curved the vent edges and did a narrow turned hem.  I did put a pocket on this pair, although you cannot see it, and I never use it.  But I had the scraps, so I thought, why not?

useless pocket

The little camisole top gave me more pause for thought.  I did a 2″ FBA, cutting through the dart and re-drafting the upper bodice piece into two, as the interior shows below.

Burda 12-2014-123 interior

I used petersham ribbon for the straps, and left a 2 inch curved vent at the side seams hemline.

Burda pajamas Felicite

 Very comfortable, I must say.  I wonder it took me so long to make these.  And now that cooler weather is just around the corner, I’ll need to make a warmer set or two.