The “Pajama Party” Pink Jammies
Pattern: McCall’s 7413
Notions: Thread and ribbon
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: April 26, 2012
Wear again? Yes! The only reason I’m not wearing them now is because I had to put them in the wash!
Total price: $0.00
I totally cheated on this week’s challenge. You see, these PJs were actually part of Karen’s (over at Did You Make That?) Pajama Party. I’ll borrow some text from my blog to share with you…
When I was little, one my favorite things to do was spend the night at my grandparent’s house. Grandma never made us finish all our dinner in order to have dessert, always had our favorite–and forbidden–sugar laden cereals on hand, and she always rented a video for us to watch. This video was usually a musical (as Grandma has a fondness/weakness) for the genre. We’d change into our jammies, make some popcorn, and snuggle up on the couch to watch. Grandma always sang along with the tunes (rather well, I’d add). One of my favorites was The Pajama Game starring Doris Day as saucy factory line worker and union leader Babe Williams and John Raitt as newly hired plant manager Sid Sorokin. Undoubtedly, I didn’t understand the sexual politics of the movie at the time–I just loved the fact that they sang and dance; I wanted then–and still do now!–to live a life where I/the world around me spontaneously burst into song! An oh! The song! “Hernando’s Hideway,” “The Pajama Game,” “Steam Heat,” “There Once was a Man,”and “Hey There (You with the Stars in Your Eyes)”… and as an added bonus there’s a really awesome shot of what a mid-century garment factory looked like in the inside at the very beginning! Oh those industrial sewing machines! (It’s on Netflix Instant right now… go watch it!).
But I digress… I seriously spend 99% of my life (as I currently work from home) in what I’ve taken to calling “lounge pants”–inevitably, this term is met with a roll of Mr. Retro’s eyes and sigh that clearly says, “Dude, who are you kidding? They’re JAMMIES!” As my old jammies are in a desperate state, it was time for some new PJs.
My fabric didn’t originally speak to me. Confession time: I’m not a fan of pink. At all. Never have been. In fact, I’ve just recently–and very reluctantly I might add–started to *consider* adding pale pink (it looks good with a tan) and fucshia into my wardrobe. Middle of the road pinks, however… I just can’t. So when I was gifted this fabric I was less than enthused. I mean, seriously, this fabric can’t decide if it’s a solid fabric, mattress ticking, or reproduction wallpaper! But it’s light and airy–two things desperately needed during the summer months here in Philly for comfortable sleeping!
As for the pattern, I chose a “vintage” 1980s McCall’s pattern (can we really call the 1980s vintage at this point? I mean seriously… I grew up in the 1980s!) and altered it a bit as originally the waist looked like this:
And the crotch looked kind of like this:
And that was just not going to fly. So I had to cut off about 2 1/2 inches at the top to get the waist to sit right and the crotch–lovingly termed “penguin crotch” by Mr. Retro–to hang correctly. Thankfully, this did not effect the leg length. Apparently, the fashion formula for1980s PJ pants was thus: Urkel waist + Hammer/penguin crotch + Andre the Giant legs! Seriously–pre-alteration the legs on these pants were about a foot and half too long!
But I digress–here’s me in my jammies!
Aside from the aforementioned waistband-penguin crotch shenanigans, this pattern was incredibly simple! I serged all seams–including the crotch!–and then carefully sewed a seam inside the serged one with my regular machine. I carefully measured all of the folded over edges with my hem measuring tool. I’m incredibly proud of how the “guts” of this garment turned out–they look nice and professional. (If you’re really interested in seeing a “crotch shot, hop on over to my blog).