About a year ago, my mom gave me a sheet she bought at Goodwill. "I thought it was fabric," she said. O....kay. Now I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of using sheets to make myself clothing. I can never forget it was a sheet, and I'm always worried someone will think I'm weird for wearing bed linens or get sleepy when they look at me or something. But for pajamas? They're perfect! Pajamas take a lot of fabric, but my KING size, made in USA, no-iron percale sheet was more than big enough.
At first I was only going to make pants. All summer long, I'd been thinking about making a few pairs of light, flowy pants. With that in mind, I bought Simplicity 7092, but I was hesitant to cut a pair out of "good" fabric, so these pj pants would serve as my muslin. Once I finished the pants, I decided I wanted to make a matching top, so I'd have an actual pair of pajamas. I think I must be having some sort of longing for the Fifties--first the apron and now a set of pajamas. For the top I chose Simplicity 3571. I liked that there was no separate collar to mess around with, not even realizing there are no separate sleeves to mess around with either!
I really liked both patterns. The pants pattern has the combination elastic/drawstring waist which is great. The pants also have a lower rise than pajama pants usually do, which is more flattering. I know, I know, they're just pajamas, but if I ever want to make actual pants, I like the pattern for that too. The top is, in my opinion, just about perfect. It's easy to sew, but still looks like a classic pajama top. Wait until my mom sees what I made out of her sheet! Should I make a robe out of a blanket now?
Oh, I almost forgot...