When the weather turns cold and you resort to wearing hoodie sweaters to bed, you pretty much know a pair of flannelette pajamas won’t go astray.
Heather Lou (Closet Case Files) released the Carolyn Pajamas pattern a few months back and I snapped it up straight away to whip up a pair of deliciously soft rayon pj shorts to help me through the remaining summer. I finally got around to finishing this full pair of Carolyns last week and am now bathing in cozy bedtime warmness as a result – no more hoodies to bed!
I made this pair up in a size 10 which I think gives enough room for bedtime comfort but the subtle feminine touches like the curved hem and slightly gathered sleeves mean you can’t be mistaken for stealing your man’s pjs (not that I would do that….*guilty face*)
The fabric was a bargain $4/m pick up from Spotty so I’m hoping it will last the distance but now I’m confident in the construction, I’d be more than happy to splurge on something a bit more luxurious next time. I didn’t bother with any attempt at pattern matching, they are pajamas after all.
Another genius touch is the facing-less (face-less?) notched collar. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Grab a pair of RTW PJs and check out the facing that sits below the collar on the inside. They generally don’t sit nice and flat (unless they’re sewn down which is visible from the outside), and look pretty messy. You can sort of see how on the hanger pics of the PJs I made my 5-year-old last week. Heather has completely eliminated that problem with a clever way to notch the collar and top stitch it down which looks super neat. She posted a tutorial here if you’re interested to learn more.
Here are the pants with their faux fly and pockets…
The lovely curved hem at the back…
Not much else to say except that if you’re after a gorgeous pair of pajamas finished a million times more professionally than any ready-to-wear pair, then the Carolyns fill the brief!
Hot chocolate anyone?