The “Rusty Bed Jacket & Slacks” | Adey Lim
Fabric: Rusty knit with burnout details 2 yards and rusty brown washable suede fabric 1.5 yards from chinatown
Pattern: Hollywood 694
Year: c. 1941
Notions: 4 buttons, invisible zipper, hook & eye from stash
Time to complete: 4 hours for bed jacket and 3 hours for slacks
First worn: October 2011
Wear again? Yes, most likely not as sleepwear and not together.
Total Cost: ~$23
It might sound ironic but I bought this 1941 pajamas pattern with absolutely no intention of making sleepwear. I was first attracted to the overalls pattern but soon fell in love with the slacks and jacket as well. For this challenge, I decided to sew the bed jacket out of a rusty mustard/brown/grey burnt out knit fabric which has been lying in my stash for a long time. This will be ideal for layering and I can foresee myself wearing it in church on Sundays where the air-condition is super cold. And I love how comfortable the knit fabric made this garment feels.
The pants fabric looked amazing, it has the texture of suede but is washable and light weight. I almost didn't have enough fabric for the jacket and since the pants fabric was in abundance, I cut the collar facings out of the suede fabric which was a dream to work with.
The wide leg slacks which were very roomy and comfortable to wear, comes with a invisible zipper/ hook & eye side closure. The fit from waist to hip was good but I found the legs a little too wide. It has to be my widest pair of pants so far and I am seriously considering taking the legs in and also adding pockets in the seams.
While I think the two pieces are great for lounging around, I doubt I will be wearing the jacket and slacks out together. The rusty effect on both pieces is a little bit over the top but I am happy to pair them with other friendlier garments.