I'm looking to teach a pyjama pant class this year so I wanted to find a good, reasonably priced pattern that I could use with students.
My friend, Amy, who orders all the books, notions and other goodies for us at The City Quilter suggested this book, Sew Easy Pajama Pants by Cindy Taylor Oates which comes in around the $15 price mark.
I tested the pattern by making these two pairs of pyjama pants, one for my daughter, Flicky and one for my dil, Katie.
Eucalyptus in Jade from the Pretty Potent collection by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit (and yes, I cut the fabric upside down! :( )
Riddles and Rhymes Cloud collection by Tina Givens for Free Spirit
I made up one pair extra small and the other as a small. The pattern is straightforward and easy but I was immediately concerned about the length from the waist to the crotch as the finished pants are supposed to sit on the hips rather than the waist. Flicky, I knew, would be very happy with this fit but I wanted a higher waist for Katie so I adjusted the pattern for one pair adding an extra inch to the length in this area.
From the paper pattern I could see the leg length would be a perfect fit for me but I'm only 5' 2" - not a problem for Katie but Flicky is 5' 8" and likes extra length in her pyjama leg so I added extra inches to the length of her pants too.
I gave the girls their pj pants for Christmas, they were as eager to get into them as I was to see the fit on each of them. I can report that both pairs fitted perfectly. They both have enough ease in them but not too much so the pant fit isn't baggy, which is just how they like them.
I like the pattern, the price and design and it'll be great in class to be able to cover ways to lengthen and adapt patterns to get the correct fit. The finished pants were a hit with my girls and there's no better recommendation than that!!!
What do you call yours: pyjamas, pajamas, jammies, pjs or do you have another word for them?