As a self-employed person who works from home, I am embarassed to admit that I spend most of my time in pajamas. I try to make a conscious effort every day to change into actual clothes, but it’s so hard, especially during the colder months, when you wake up and the house is freezing cold. So pajamas are without a doubt an essential part of my wardrobe -lol! This year I decided that instead of buying new pajamas for the holidays, I was going to make them myself. A pair for me and a pair for Jim. Are you ready to see our Christmas pajamas?
The inspiration behind this project came to me months ago, when I was browsing the Spoonflower website to find some cute jerseys for a gift I was making. I stumbled upon a designer who had the cutest prints, so when it was time to choose my projects for my collaboration with the company, I immediately knew what December’s make was going to be.
I chose a print that was cute and fun, but at the same time appropriate for both a girl and a guy. Jim is such a fun person and he has a great sense of humor, so I wasn’t worried a bit if he was going to like them. And I’m so glad I was right because the minute he saw the fabrics I had chosen, he started laughing and couldn’t wait to see his pajamas (pheeew!).
Now, wearing matching pajamas may seem cheesy to some of you, but we are silly like that haha 🙂 In addition, these are only going to be worn inside our house, so you are the only ones allowed an exclusive peak, lol! We would never go matchy-matchy outside!
I decided to go for jersey fabrics for both the pajama tops and bottoms instead of some kind of flannel because we both hate being in super warm sleepwear and wake up all sweaty. So I chose to print the designs on Spoonflower’s cotton spandex jersey, which is a lovely quality and had a 4-way stretch. If you are interested in getting the same designs, the printed one with the Christmas figures is available HERE,and the plain red one is available HERE. Both of those fabrics were from the same designer and that was a concious choice because I wanted the red on the plain fabric to match the red of the Christmas figures as closely as possible.
Choosing the patterns I was going to use for this project was the easiest part. I knew from the beginning that I didn’t want to spend money on buying new patterns, so I decided to combine patterns I already had in my stash. For my top, I used the Sheona top pattern and made the following alterations:
- I lenghened the top version because I wanted it to have a little bit more coverage for the winter.
- I lenghened the sleeves to full length and added cuffs (tutorial for this can be found HERE)
- I made the neckband and cuffs with the plain red fabric to add some visual interest
For Jim’s top I used the Metro T-shirt by Liesl and Co. I made him some T-shirts last summer with the same pattern and since they fit him so well and I had already made the adjustments on that pattern, I thought it would be a good idea to use it again. I opted for the long sleeve version for obvious reasons and drafted cuffs. The neckband and cuffs were also made in the red fabric as for my top.
For the pajama bottoms I didn’t have a pattern on hand, so I did some research and managed to find a free pattern that was going to fit us both. I used the 5 out of 4 patterns “Pajama Pants” and made a size S for me and a size L for Jim. In retrospect, I could have sized down because the pattern isn’t designed for jersey fabrics. But since these are only pajamas, we both don’t mind them being roomier.
The overall construction took me approximately one day. I whipped everything up on my overlocker and only used my sewing machine to create the elastic channel on the trousers. They were straightforward makes and we are really happy to have a new Christmas pair of pajamas to wear on Christmas morning.
I have some scraps left so I’m pondering making Malou a matching top, haha! But we’ll see about that.
I hope you liked seeing our Christmas pajamas and if you are looking to make a cute pair, I definitely recommend Spoonflower’s massive collection of fabrics. You won’t be disappointed!
Disclaimer: This post is done in collaboration with Spoonflower. All opinions are mine 🙂