Saturday, June 23, 2018

Warm Winter Time Pjyama Top (McCalls 6796) and Pants (New Look 6216)

What do you do when you find a remnant of combed cotton knit with a really fun  print that you absolutely adore, but you know really will not suit you?  Couple it with some black flannelette that is lurking, already washed and dye fixative applied because it bled like made, and then looked quite faded. So the black flannelette was hiding in disgrace in the stash because it is not soft and fluffy like it should be and was a bit of a disappointment.

RESULT:  A really cute pair of pyjamas that have been missing in my wardrobe for years.

I used McCalls 6796 for the top: 

I have made version D in the past, but I wanted to trial the roll neck.  I also found my original top a little fitted in a firm knit, so this time I went up a size to size 12.  I did check the neck circumference before I made it up and it was not going to fit.  Maybe it would in a very stretchy knit (although the pattern suggested a low stretch knit minimun) but it was not going to in my stable knit. So I made the roll collar wider.

Unfortunately, it does not want to sit snuggly - but for pyjamas maybe that is just as well.  It does look nice when folded down: 

(the above photographs show the real colour of the top).

So, I think for a polo neck top I shall have to go back to my pattern collection and find another pattern, or make up M6796 in a different knit and see what happens.  I think too, the size 10 would be better in a stretchier knit. I know the triangular collar version of this pattern does work well.

As for the pants, I used good old New Look 6216:

I made them up as a real pant, because, you never know, they might just get worn as such with a t-shirt on a relaxed day at home.  In fact, they are so warm and comfortable, there might one day be more of these!  A little bow at the back to go with the kimono dolls in the top:

I am quite embarrassed by the poor quality photographs - I took these inside, and my poor camera really does not like the dim lightbulbs my husband put in last time they were changed.  It's too miserable outside still, so I have just had make do.  I am not sure how I am going to solve this problem yet.  Addendum : my husband has told me we will change the lightbulbs.  I didn't want to ask because he is so busy with his medical  practice worries.

 The green colour of the top is also not a flattering shade for me. But I don't care about that, with pyjamas if you can't wear something you like, flattering or not, when can you?

Another of my pattern musings and general photography and lighting woes!

Until next time, take care,

Sarah Liz X


  1. Cute PJ top and I hope the flannelette bottoms are comfy for you. I suppose if you love something then wear it anywhere really. But can I make a suggestion ? If the flannelette is disappointing treat yourself to some soft fluffy stuff . You work hard for it ! ( I hope my suggestion is not offensive to you )

  2. Hi again ! I just read your previous blog post. I am sorry you are in the doldrums. It took me ages to get used to the small country town I live in. There were frequent trips back to Melbourne to visit my family. Where I live daggy casual is the norm too and people who wear jeans look dressed up ! I am listening to some podcasts by clear the decks about sewing spaces and stuff. Very interesting and helpful. I have made some little changes already and just ditched my last sewing project because of her sage advice. They might be helpful especially if you are sewing fabric you don't really like ( another suggestion ! ). Hugs to you. Janine.

  3. I love cozy pj sets like yours! I keep forgetting that it's winter there.

  4. Great PJs! Hope you get the new bulbs soon. Low energy lighting has come a long way over the last few years.

  5. Your PJs look so warm and cozy. It's a great idea to use a regular pants pattern - they'll certainly work as day wear with a different top.

  6. I hope changing the bulbs will help. These look good but I couldn't wear as pyjamas - I get too hot, so yes to the casual wear. I need to make some nighties in lightweight natural fabric (but don't feel inspired to make them!)

  7. Great looking pyjamas and the top print is very cute.

  8. I love the cute print of your top Sarah Liz, pyjamas look cosy and warm.

  9. Hi Sarah Liz...I'm finally catching up with a few blog posts (life gets busy eh?) I really like your pajamas. They look so comfy and definitely perfect fr lounging at home in. The McCalls pattern looks a nice one...I'm drawn to the collar of view D.
    Regarding indoor lighting. I decided some time ago that blog photos outside just weren't going to happen for me so I invested in a large photography lamp which I store in my sewing room where I do my photos.

  10. Wow! What a fun and pretty patterned fabric! I didn't realise these kimono dolls at first glance. I hardly ever see such a printed fabric in Japan. I would love to make cozy and lovely PJs like yours.

  11. I like these!!! They look comfy and cute!! :)