Pyjama Party: No Pattern Needed

It’s Pyjama Party time!   I missed out on the first one, so I was really excited when I saw that Karen was hosting another pajama sew along!  The sew along is based on Sewaholic’s new Tofino pajama pants, but any pattern is welcome.   So I decided to do something a little different and new to me.  I’m copying a pair of my RTW pajama pants.

Here’s the original pajamas.  They are a soft, lightweight cotton, and perfect for cooler summer nights.  I’ve literally worn these things to shreds.
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Look at that waistband.  Definitely time to replace them.
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Since these were in such bad condition, I decided rip them apart, rather than try the rub-off method to copy them.  I unpicked the seams, and paid close attention to how the waistband was sewn.  (I was curious how that contrast fabric on the inside was put together.)  I probably could have just cut the seams apart, but I thought I’d get a more accurate pattern piece from seam ripping.
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Next I pressed my pieces flat.  Then, because the fabric was in such bad shape, I traced them onto paper. I marked the grain line (which was easy to determine from the old pajamas due to the pink stripes).  I also made a note of the seam allowances, and all other relevant markings, such as where to place the holes for the draw string.
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Here’s the finished pattern pieces.

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I’ve cut out my new fabric, and just need to sew these up. Hopefully I will have a new pair of favorite pj’s soon!

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9 thoughts on “Pyjama Party: No Pattern Needed

  1. Very clever! I’m not sure I would have the guts to tear up my beloved pjs just in case I couldn’t replicate them perfectly. I hope it works out for you, then you will have created the perfect pj pattern which you can use forever.

    • Yep, that’s my hope too! I wasn’t too nervous about cutting these up, they were in such bad shape, I don’t think they would have even survived another trip through the wash.

  2. Ooh well done! Pjs are a perfect thing to do this with as they wear out so fast, lol! Awesome 🙂 I’m going to sewalong too 🙂

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