The approach of autumn has highlighted the need for some cosy pyjamas which are actually long enough in the arms and legs to do the job. Bring on Butterick 6296 which I purchased from Minerva Crafts! The blurb on the envelope describes a “very loose fitting top”, which sounded perfect. Who wants to wear tight-fitting pjs? They’re quite a classic pyjama with the breast pocket, sleeves, legs and jacket front borders being piped. I’ve not done a lot of piping before, but a couple of online tutorials soon sorted me out and reminded me of the technique.
The pattern also has an option with shorts and a short sleeved top, which I’ll try out when the temperatures rise again. I went for jacket B and trousers D.
It’s classified as ‘Easy’ which I would equate with a Beginner, and it was certainly ‘easy’ for me to sew up, but I think there are a few techniques which a true beginner might find difficult for a first project.
So first of all, I ordered myself some lovely fresh Spotty Cotton Lawn and some ready-made Chambray denim piping from Minerva Crafts and whipped this pair up for myself. I sewed French seams for most of the seams, using my overlocker to sew the first stage of the seam which always makes for a crisp finish.
The pattern suggests sewing a gathering thread around the bottom edge of the pocket and then drawing it up to create the curved corners, but I prefer to overlock around the edges of pockets like this one and then use the iron the neatly press around the edge and turn the overlocked edge inwards as I always feel it creates a a less bulky result.
Another classy feature of these pjs is that they have a back yoke and front pockets on the trousers. It’s tempting to think that this overcomplicates a pair of pj trousers, but they are rather classy and the back yoke actually makes them fit nicely and takes out some of the bulk. The pockets are handy too because they’re quite deep and if you like to lounge around in your pjs like I do, then there are myriad things you can store in them!
I’ve read reviews of this pattern where sewers have said they find these pjs a bit roomy, but for me that makes them a winner because they’re not restricting and they are great for an evening lounging on the settee. They are super comfy in my opinion!
And here they are! I’m too new to this blogging lark to post a photo of me in my pjs, so for now here they are on a coat hanger and on the bed! (Ooops – not very well pressed!)
Since I finished them they’ve been washed and dried and back on that evening because I love them so much! I’m on the lookout for some brushed cotton now to make another pair ready for when the winter storms begin!