I’ve always got big plans for things to sew, but when it comes right down to it I’m very practical in my choices. I recently found myself in need of a new pair of warm pajamas, so I went to my storehouse of fabrics to see what was suitable. I’ve shown the pink and white ski print here before in an attempt to know for sure whether the fabric is new or is vintage. Unfortunately, I’ve never gotten a definite answer, because some people say “vintage” and other insist it is “modern.”
I had only about half a yard of the fabric, but I decided that all I needed to do was pair it with some modern flannel in similar colors and theme. That was easier thought than done because as we all know, good fabrics are getting harder and harder to find, and I simply cannot bring myself to buy fabrics online.
After searching for most of the winter, I came across the black with snowflakes design you see here. I had almost given up the search when I found it stuck in a corner at a local quilting fabric shop. They had a small selection of cotton flannels, and so I could not believe my luck. It was exactly what I needed.
I make a lot of pajama pants for myself and my husband, so I planned to use my trusty New Look 6838. (In case you don’t remember, this is the pattern where I located a marijuana cigarette stuck in the bottom of the envelope.) I usually pair my pants with a soft cotton knit top for sleeping, but I also wanted to make a jacket from the two fabrics. I did not have a pattern for what I was picturing, but it occurred to me that the plain bodice of a dress would work. I took the bodice from a 1960s shirt dress, Simplicity 6435, and cut it a bit longer. There were darts but I did not stitch them. The sleeve is the one with the pattern, but cut longer.
All the edges I finished with contrasting bias. Because this set will be getting a lot of wear and washing, all the seams and edges are completely enclosed.
Not a pretty shot, but I’m sure you get the idea.
Because there is so little difference in the front and the back of the pants, I stitched a little X the show the center back.
I’ve been wearing these for over a month now, and whether or not the ski print is vintage or not, there is a very big difference in the way the two fabric feel. The ski print is very soft but the snowflake is still quite stiff even after multiple washings. Maybe that is due to the black dye, but it just seems that the ski print fabric is so much nicer.
I’ll not be treating you to a photo of me wearing my night clothes, but you can get an idea of how they look here on the fake half girl.