MORE practical sewing! Carolyn Pajamas

Before the baby was born, I decided I’d start trying to plan a little bit more– including my sewing. The Carolyn Pajamas were a perfect fit for my postpartum plans because A) I figured maternity leave would be day after day of loungewear and B) I was totally creeped out by any of those nursing-style tops. Of course, now that the baby’s here, I care way less about the creepy factor than I do about the convenience factor (but I was right about the loungewear). All in all, I see more Carolyn PJs in my future.


Pattern: Closet Case Patterns Carolyn Pajamas, view B

Fabric: Telio Picasso Rayon Poplin Cactus Black/Green,

Notions: Featherweight fusible interfacing, thread, 1/2″ buttons, medium black rick-rack x 5 yards, and 1.5″ black waistband elastic

Cost: pattern- $18; materials- $45

Sizing and Alterations: I cut the size 6 short sleeved top and the size 10 pant. i added 2″ to the length of the top and 2.5″ to the length of the pants.

Time: 10 hours (generous, could probably make another pair in 5-6)


Likes, dislikes, notes for next time: Despite all the tutorials, I somehow found the instructions pretty hard to follow and I totally messed up the collar (could’ve been pregnancy brain). The shirt fit well– I’d use the same sizing in my next pair. The pants were loose in the waist and tight on the ass (I think also pregnancy-related); would consider grading from size 8 in the waist to 12/14 at the hip next time. Definitely don’t need the extra length with the cuffed pants, despite my height. I’d like to make a couple more pairs– maybe in cotton as well as a knit pair, and definitely view C (shorts) for maximum mileage in the desert. Lastly, I think these would be super cute as the “mom version” of matching family Christmas pajamas– I’m dorky enough to make them, if only I can convince my husband to wear them…

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