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WildWyoming
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Date: 9/20/10 0:54 AM

Reasons to join the Pajama Sewalong:

1) That flannel in your stash should be put to use.
2) You've been wearing an icky oversized T-shirt to bed for too long now.
3) PJ's make great holiday gifts.
4) Your kids have outgrown their warm jammies.
5) Your spouse would be delighted to have a new pair of sleep pants.
6) That shabby robe you love has seen better days.
7) Your spouse would be delighted if you appeared in some sexy new night things.
8) Someone you love has long legs and most pajamas are too short.
9) That gorgeous silk in your stash needs to be used for something special--YOU!
10) There are kids who need warm pajamas in your community--and would love some for Christmas when mom and dad can't afford them.

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Date: 9/20/10 1:14 AM

Great idea. Can I make summer nighties/ PJs instead? We're heading into warm weather and I am trying to get motivated to sew some for the kids...

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Date: 9/20/10 5:50 AM

Oh this is such a good idea, I have a pattern to make pj's bottoms for the kids and PJ's for both DH and me...and robes- mine really needs replacing. badly.
If that wasn't enough I am trying to sew more of our own clothes and have a list as long as both arms of patterns with fabric waiting to try them out!
I started a Cardi sew along which is going well with many people churning out lovely garments and have made a couple myself- one more to go. But then?
Count me in...

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Date: 9/20/10 6:38 AM

I love sewing jammies! This is a great idea!

I'm still on the first of three sewalongs I signed up for but I'll probably be hanging out here too!

I learn so much on these theads!

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Date: 9/20/10 10:15 AM

Great! Glad to have the company. My sewing room is being moved and I'm repainting the inside of my house, so I'm with you in spirit and hope to sew some jammies this Fall.

Yes, of course Australians and anyone can sew any type of jammies they need. I thought of that but didn't mention it. We're all one big family here.

Despite having various cheap jammies on hand, I fall into the habit of wearing any old bottoms with any old top, even mixing in sweatpants and old T-shirts. I really look a mess, shamed to say, and I realized that this is how my teenage son will remember me from the late nights I stay up with him while he does schoolwork. I could improve my appearance.

So, I want to sew attractive, modest, easy care jammies to wear at home for waffle breakfasts, late night study sessions, or when visiting friends, as well as just comfy things to sleep in of course.

I may also want to sew some sleep pants and shirts for DS to take to college, as the ones he has are either hugely wide for him or too short. (Actually, he mostly wears white T-shirts with sleep pants as they don't get damaged by the acne meds. So, I'll likely stick with sleep pants and rely on trusty undershirts and long underwear tops for the top part. I would also love to make him a good robe for college, but am not sure if guys actually wear them anymore in college dorms, and I'm wondering what to make it out of since bulk could be an issue flying several states away, from a luggage and washing perspective. Flannel? Depends on where he goes, I guess. Boston, Pasadena, Colorado and Houston have vastly different climates.
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Date: 9/20/10 10:26 AM

This is a great idea! I do need sexy new night things. Don't need any more large comfy PJs, though...
I'll be glad to join you!
Now, as usual, pattern and fabric. Oh, well.

marie-elise

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Date: 9/20/10 10:30 AM

Just want to mention here that a problem to avoid when making pajama bottoms is a too-wide leg. I have a couple of pairs of RTW pajama bottoms that actually get caught on my long feet (toe end) and nearly cause me to trip and fall. So, I would advise a pant leg that is narrower than your foot is long, or that is short enough so as to have no possibility of getting caught on your feet.

I'm guessing there is a range that is more dangerous than others. A straight leg probably can't get caught unless you have tiny feet and a bigger size. A really wide leg may not get caught as it may be more like a skirt--but I don't know. The ones I get caught on are just barely wider than my feet are long when they are worn. I find this problem occurs when I'm getting out of bed and am pretty much not really all the way awake so my balance etc. may be off. I personally like a pajama pant leg that falls about 2-3 inches short of my toes so that I can't trip on the hem and it doesn't ride up my legs and leave my lower legs cold or the pant leg bunched up on my thighs. Narrower would work too if you like the narrower style.

Elastic or gathered cuffs are also an option and may be a good idea if you want to be very careful, are sewing for someone whose leg length you aren't sure of, want to keep out drafts, etc. Just don't make them so snug that they cut off circulation when worn with thick socks.

Elastic cuffs are also good for growing children so they don't trip and fall down the stairs but can wear the length for a long while before it is too short for them. My son had a knit pair of pants with an elastic wide fold up cuff when he was an infant. I think they were a toddler size. He wore them till he was 4, and he was a tall strapping 4 year old. The were big and baggy when he got them. They were unfolded and on his calves when he stopped wearing them. Same goes for tops. If you put a very wide, elastic or self fabric knit cuff on the sleeves, they can be worn big by smaller children and then worn for years as they grow into them. I would think this would be comfortable for adults too, but hopefully we wouldn't need them to expand as we grew!

I'm no pajama expert. Just a few thoughts.

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Date: 9/20/10 10:49 AM

oh fun!!

i started making pj pants last night!!

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Date: 9/20/10 12:26 PM

Fun!!! I want to play! Not sure what I want to do. I have visions of all kinds of sexy or romantic nighties but the truth is I love to sleep in oversized T-shirt type nighties. B/c of other sewing projects, it'll be a little while before I can start on this so I have time to decide.

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Date: 9/20/10 12:30 PM

Quote: JEF
Fun!!! I want to play! Not sure what I want to do. I have visions of all kinds of sexy or romantic nighties but the truth is I love to sleep in oversized T-shirt type nighties. B/c of other sewing projects, it'll be a little while before I can start on this so I have time to decide.



JEF

A compromise would be pj's or longsleeved gown made with stretch cotton fabric, strategic shaping around bustline, waist and hips, and soft stretch lace insets at cleavage area or wherever else it would be sexy. Since you're the designer, and it's only seen in your bedroom, why not?
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