Lounging In Style

What’s all this? Pyjamas!? Yes I’m trying something a little different to break me out of my sewing funk.

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I’ve joined the Minerva Blogger Network and I’m really excited to share what I’ve sewn.

For my first project I wanted to indulge myself with a little bit of luxury. My eyes lit up when I saw this beautiful bird-print satin on Minerva’s website. I decided fancy-pants satin pyjamas had to happen and I really hope you’re inspired to make these too.

I chose the McCalls 6659 sleepwear pattern as it’s designed for silks and satins, plus it has the classic pyjama-style I was keen on. Ignoring the samples the model is wearing (which hurt my eyeballs) I could see brilliant possibilities in the line drawings.

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There are different sleeve lengths and hem styles to choose from for the shirt, as well as an optional patch pocket and instructions for adding piping. For the bottoms you can pick between shorts, a standard wider leg or a slim leg version.  McCalls suggest the slim leg variation could double as pyjama-style trousers – in case you’re eager to get in on that trend.

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My finished pyjamas are a hybrid of view C and D for the shirt and view G for the bottoms. I was very tempted to make the dressing gown but resisted in the end – maybe another day.

The piping came from my stash as I wanted to pick out some of the details of the shirt and the cuffs of the bottoms.

For the basic construction I used French seams over 99% of the top and bottoms – I only serged the crotch seam and the armholes, and that’s because I was being too lazy to French seam them as well!  I used a very fine needle with polyester thread and a small stitch length.

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Finally I added a little bow instead of the tie front as I think it’s a little sweeter.

My kit is available to buy here! And if you hadn’t noticed, the pattern is also available on the Minverva website separately here.

I know Satin can be a little intimidating but I’ve put together some further information about how to work with the fabric. A lot of the points apply to silk and other slippery fabrics, so please take a look!

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If the idea of working with Satin still scares you, I’d suggest picking up a copy of this pattern and some lovely lightweight cotton lawn like this or if you’re feeling daring some of this, which will work just as well but give you a bit more control.

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41 Comments

  1. Absolutely adorable and yet so elegant that I would totally wear this out shopping! I, as you may know, love all things bird. And, how exciting that you are blogging for Minerva, congrats!! I just purchased a pattern recently, New Look Project Runway Workroom 6161 which is very similar to yours (my local fabric shoppe had patterns on for $1.00 last week, WHAT???). I am going to sew mine up for sure using your tips in the next post and, seriously contemplating getting this fabric, even though I’m on the Stashbusting diet.

    1. Heehee it’s great fabric so I say indulge. I juat had a look at the PR pattern and its cute! Thanks for the lovely comments about my attempt.

  2. These are amazing Amy, I love them! I especially like the piping detail, but generally I just want them! And I don’t even ever really wear button up pyjamas. They look perfect for lounging round the house on a lazy day 🙂 and congrats on joining the Minerva network!

  3. Cute! I love your fabric choice, so sweet. I have a similar McCalls pj pattern, although much much older. It seems to be timeless!
    Congrats on being a Minerva Network sewist too!

  4. What a great looking finish. I love your fabric choice.
    Congratulations on joining the Minerva Crafts bloggers network. I am one too! Isn’t it great to be able to indulge yourself in products?

  5. These are SO chic! Love them! There is something about that piping around the collar that makes me so happy!
    One day I will be brave enough to sew with satin, you are the inspiration!

    1. Hello! I have a Toyota jeans machine (manual machine from argos) and a computerised Janome SMD4000 – Both handle fine fabrics well but the important thing is my Toyota doesn’t have adjustable speed length – small stitches are good for fine fabrics. Another good thing to check is how big the needle plate opening is – smaller the better so your fabric doesn’t get pulled in as you sew. A good sharp needle us the crucial bit though. Hope that helps!

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