I stumbled across this amazing fabric in my local market a couple of weeks ago and I just had to have it! 100% cotton, great print and only £1.99 per metre?? How could I refuse.
Immediately earmarking it as pyjamas, I bought 2 metres. I need to stop buying just a metre of things as I keep finding I don’t have quite enough of anything to actually make anything (whoops). I had planned on putting on the to-do pile and getting them made up in a couple of weeks, but within 48 hours I had new pyjamas!
I used the unisex pyjama pattern from the first Great British Sewing Bee book as I know this basic pattern goes together quite quickly. I cut the large based on measurements (I like roomy pjs) but they seem to have designed them for giants as the full length was easily about 12” too long my little legs! I just chopped the pattern straight across the leg at the right length for me. These pyjamas are quite wide in the leg so they’re really comfy. I zigzagged the seams to prevent fraying and just elasticated the waistband, although next time I make some I might use elastic and add a drawstring in a contrasting colour.
The fabric is a cotton lawn, originally used for Zara’s S/S14 collection last year for a man’s shirt (I can’t find a listing for it on Zara’s website anywhere so a screenshot is the best image I could find). I only know this as I did a little bit of digging – it’s unusual to find prints like this in my local market, especially at that price, so I had a little potter around the web to see if I could find out how much it should have cost. Lo and behold the Zara collection popped up, and it looks pretty cool! The print is a little too large for me to wear as day wear as it would be a little overwhelming on me, but works perfectly as summer pyjamas. It does wrinkle a bit when worn but it irons beautifully and hasn’t faded at all, even after several washes. The fabric also comes in a yellow colour-way although its harder to find. If you want some of the blue yourself you can pick some up here!