Hot! The “It’s All About the……Shoes?” Ensemble


The Facts

Fabric: Cotton Prints from Riley Blake
Pattern: pj pants – Simplicity 2503, pj top – self drafted t-shirt make-over
Year: 2012
Notions: elastic, pre-gathered eyelt
Time to Complete: pj pants –  2 hours, pj top – 45 minutes
First Worn: Jan. 8th – To Bed!
Wear Again? Yes!  I love pj’s!

Total Price:  about $30

This little pj ensemble was inspired by a pair of mary-jane style slippers (Simplicity 2278)  that I made last year.  The slippers started off as a sample for a couple of sewing classes I taught and have since become one of my favorite things to wear around the house. They are machine washable and very comfortable.

I guess from the types of fabrics I choose, you can kind of tell that I’m still a kid at heart.  With mary-jane slippers as my inspiration, I decided to make my pj’s as “girlie” as possible.  So, I added some eyelet trim to my pj’s pocket and also a contrast cuff to the pocket and to the pants hem. I enjoy seeing vibrant and colorful things and I really like how these pants turned out.


My happy little pocket!


Once the pants were done, I had several ideas for a pj top.  I ended up deciding on making my own version of a cropped t-shirt dress.  Inspired by the bodice of the Colette Macaron dress, I cut off the trunk of an old t-shirt a few inches above my bust line.  I then created a new trunk for my shirt out of a coordinating fabric and inserted the matching eyelet trim across the front seam where the new fabric and t-shirt meet.

It felt good to get a mental picture of what I wanted to do with the pants and top and then to see it through to completion.  I love my new pj’s and I hope to have lots of “sweet dreams” whenever I wear them.

Thanks for reading!  If you want to see more of what I’m making, please visit the Humble Sewing Center Blog where I’m always adding/creating new projects and free tutorials.



Jenny Gabriel

Jenny Gabriel is an independent sewing instructor for sewing, serging, and machine embroidery in and around the Houston area. She is also currently the main blog contributor for a local sewing machine shop. This is an educational blog full of tips and free tutorials:


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  1. Aw! Super cute, and you’re so clever making the slippers yourself, too. :)

  2. I love those slippers!! Too darn cute those pjs too

  3. Seriously, seriously adorable shoes and outfit ‘jammies! Such a creative take on this week’s challenge. LUV!

    P.S. The pics by your photographer are great!