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PJ’s for me!

2013 June 3
by elizabeth_admin

Are you sick of PJ’s yet?

If you are, sorry, I just couldn’t waste the polka dot fabric and wanted a PJ set for myself.  This was an interesting project for me.  I did something that I’ve never done before: tried to copy an existing garment in my wardrobe.  I used an old t-shirt from Ann Taylor with a scoop neck and short sleeves.  I didn’t take any in-process pictures as I was just winging it the entire time and didn’t bother trying to be exact.  Seriously, these were just PJ’s, not papal vestments, folks.  Roughly, this is how I did it:

  1. I put my polka dot fabric on the fold, laid my t-shirt on the fold for the front and back separately as my pattern, and cut around it leaving a small seam allowance.
  2. Then I traced the sleeve shape on the fold and cut two out.
  3. Then I measured the neckline for the length of the binding and added 7 inches for good measure.
  4. Trued up the shoulders, side seams and hems.
  5. Sewed the right shoulder after interfacing the front seams.
  6. Bound the neckline.
  7. Sewed the left shoulder.
  8. Inserted the sleeves in the flat.
  9. Sewed the side seams and sleeves in one go on each side.
  10. Hemmed the shirt and the sleeves on my coverstitch.

Et voilá, a PJ t-shirt.  The fit is pretty much the same as the original t-shirt.  The sleeves look a little different, but I don’t much mind.  Did I mention these are just PJ’s?

Here’s some pictures…


Original ratty t-shirt on top of the new PJ t-shirt

Original ratty t-shirt on top of the new PJ t-shirt


Binding up close and personal

Binding up close and personal


"self-drafted" PJ t-shirt

“self-drafted” PJ t-shirt


And here is the full monty (obviously not a real full monty) on me.  If you will recall, the PJ pants are the first version I made for Tim that were too small for him, but just right for me.  I hope the there’s enough room in the knees.  Hard to tell having not worn them for a long period yet.  This fabric might bag out at the knees.  But who cares, they’re just PJ’s.







These PJ’s are super comfy.  I can’t wait to wear them tonight.  I can see making up more of these for myself in the future.  But don’t worry, not right away.  I will hold off on any new PJ posts for a while.

Happy sewing!


11 Responses leave one →
  1. June 3, 2013

    Wow, that’s a lot of dots! Cute.

  2. Laura permalink
    June 3, 2013

    LOVE your new PJ’s….I like to make casual PJ’s that I can put on after work, especially in the wintertime…..but they don’t look too pajami for my family to wonder why I’m ready for bed!

  3. Shams permalink
    June 3, 2013

    They came out great!

  4. June 3, 2013

    I really like them. Sleep tight!

  5. June 4, 2013

    They look super comfy! Did you make a paper pattern?

    The T-shirt looks like a great copy. I tried to copy a T-shirt and really did a bad job, but that was back when I first started sewing so I could have made mistakes anywhere from the copying to the sewing. It looks like you have the makings of a leggings pattern there too!

  6. June 4, 2013

    Nice Elizabeth. Are you enjoying living in another state? 🙂 (sorry I forget which one). Please let us (well I’ll be selfish and say me) 🙂 know if you plan another NYC trip before the year ends. I’m only about 4 hours away and would love to meet you.:-).

  7. June 4, 2013

    Great pj’s! I’ve been making my own pj’s for about a year now, they are so inexpensive and comfy compared to rtw. Love the dots.

  8. June 4, 2013

    They look soooooo comfortable. If you didn’t live so far away, I would come and steal them from you.

  9. June 5, 2013

    Brilliant! I want to make pajamas! I want to have a pajama party!

  10. June 6, 2013

    Cute pjs…. love the dots.

  11. June 7, 2013

    You did a great job replicating the t-shirt! Love your PJs. It’s such a satisfying thing to make, PJs; you are bound to get lots of use out of them and treasure them daily – well, nightly! The dots are super cute.

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