Hot! The “Fast Cars” PJ Pants

The Facts

Fabric: Thrifted flannelette $5

Pattern: Butterick 5737

Year: c.1960’s

Notions: A button

Time to complete: 2 hours

First worn: Trampolining and TV watching

Wear again? Yes

Total Cost: $5

Meet Noah, he’s six and three-quarters. He has lost 6 teeth, is very good at sports, is on the move constantly, is deeply interested in food and loves to play Fruit Ninja and Plants vs. Zombies.

I got this great little remnant of flannelette, featuring vintage cars, perfect for winter PJs at an op shop in New Zealand for a few dollars.

These pants are a breeze to make and I even did a false fly – which was super easy. I also made a size 8 so he gets at least two years wear out them. My kids tend to grow up, not out – because they are very fit and active (unlike their parents!). So I turned the hem up twice – to let down easily next year.

He was quite resistant to the idea of modelling so I said he could do it on the trampoline while enjoying his very large gobstopper and I have to pay him $5 – I know, superb mothering skills right?! They just had their flu shot – and their treat was the gobstoppers. They have been smashing them on the bath to get to the gum in the middle – this is my life actually – dealing with all kinds of “original” behaviour. I blame their father.

He loves to do back flips which he does quite well as he is just the right height do to.

He only fell off the trampoline once during this photo shoot.

He has always been a real little toughie, not really into hugs much but when he came along, with his blonde hair, blue eyes and huge smiles – we knew our family was complete.

He told me not to put these photos on Twitter – and I promised I woulden’t!

More on that false fly on my blog



Trish lives in Sydney and has way more thrifted patterns and fabric than her fair share. She studied fashion design in her former life and sews while trying to not to burn the dinner.


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  1. What a great fabric find and a wonderful way to use it. The story about your son and the pictures were really entertaining. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great Fabric! He makes me want to jmp on a trampoline, what a great idea for the photo shoot.

  3. Cute fabric! I want pyjama pants made out of it! And he looks like he is having so much fun in the shoot :-)

  4. Wonderful pj’s and super cute photos.. Happy sewing.

  5. So cute! I love that you were able to use a vintage pattern. Awesome job!

    • Thanks Liz, that’s the great thing about mens/boyswear – the fashions don’t change too much over time! I think something for my husband is definately on the cards now!

  6. Congratulations on getting such lovely photos of an uncooperative subject. He looks so sweet and full of fun. Superb flips (they’d terrify me about falling off). And cars are majorly on-trend this summer ;) Noah was my name of choice if either of my two were boys….Noah is a very cool name.

  7. Thanks Tempest. Well yesterday while doing flips on the trampoline he injured himself. Today I have a little Hospital hangover after 7 hours waiting for him to be stitched up – his knee contacted with his cheek, and his tooth cut the inside of his mouth and went through! He needed a few sutres from the plastic surgeon and came home afterwards. Not the way you want to be spending the holidays but every Dr said – “boys will be boys”. I got the idea for his name from the Australian actor Noah Taylor – oh and the guy with the big boat. x