Hot! The “Staycation” Lounge Pants

The Facts
Fabric: The last of my grey striped jersey $4 maybe?
Pattern: Simplicity 8088 from mom’s collection
Year: 1998
Notions: Ribbon from stash
Time to complete: 4 hours (8 eps of Scrubs)
First worn: To bed the night I finished them
Wear again? Yup!
Total price: ~$4

I don’t come from a “beach vacation” sort of family. We never went on a cruise or to a tropical island. Our family vacations were almost always to National Parks. Which we all really liked, but to this day I don’t really go to the beach – or even the hotel pool. My favorite places to go on vacation always revolve around a big city, or just visiting family out of state, where I would just wear my regular clothes in both cases.

So in that, “normal clothes” theme I’ve gone with something I could wear in any city, any time of the year – pajamas! I missed the great pajama sew-along a few weeks ago and definitely felt a little left out in the end. I knew I’d make some eventually.

This pattern is from my mom’s stash. She made me a few pairs of pj bottoms from this when I was in high school and college, but they were always out of a flannel novelty print. I’ve gone more “grown up” with these stripes. I think this ribbon is temporary. It was the only type I had in this width (which I think is perfect) and it just happened to be an excellent match for the stripes. It doesn’t slip with the fabric very well, so I’ll have to find something a little more silky.

Other than that I’m pretty pleased with them. I measured some other pj pants that I really like to make sure the fit would be similar. They are stretchy and soft so there was very little to mess up. I like my pj’s to be long but I might hem them just a tad more.



Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.


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  1. Excellent use of your stripped jersey . The pants look very comfy and stylish. Hopefully everything you sew become your “normal” clothes. ;)

    • Lol, I meant something I don’t need a special occasion or climate to wear. There’s been a discussion of sewing “cake” vs “frosting/icing” around the blogs and I think I’ve managed a good balance. I do err on the side of “cake” though.

  2. Hi Liz, these are great. Hey I treat every Saturday and Sunday like a mini vacation! Funny you should mention National Parks, one of my favorite vacations was to Utah where we went Zion, Bryce and Arches National Parks. They were breathtaking. But back to the PJ’s, there a staple you can never have to many of, great job with the stripes matching, not easy with a stretchy material.

    • Thanks, Krista. My family went out west a LOT on vacation, which was great but sometimes I wish my parents had chosen other destinations as well. Now that we’re all out of the house I think they’re trying to go to all the states we missed as a family.

  3. They look so comfy. I will be on a staycation in two weeks time and I can’t wait. Maybe I should whip up a pair just to sew in, cuz that is what I will be doing. I have fabric and a pattern marked for lounge pants already, just haven’t gottem around to it.

  4. I so need to buy some jersey fabric and make some of these! They look super comfortable! Especially as my last lounging pants finally ripped after ten years!

  5. You have inspired me! I want to make myself a pair :)

  6. Oooo…these look delightfully comfy :)

  7. Looks like the week for pyjama pants! I love your grown up stripey-version.

  8. Love your stripeys! The shape is great, I especially like the length and pooling of fabric…very stylish, love it.

  9. Jammin jammies, Liz!! I wants me a pair.

  10. Love these Liz they look so comfy and I love how they drape about your feet. I missed the jammie sew along too, life just gets too busy.Yours are awesome.