Well! It turns out that the Eastwood Pajamas were something that you guys REALLY want to sew! Thank you for the wonderful launch week and your enthusiastic response to our new pattern! I know a classic pair of pajama pants are hardly groundbreaking or unique so I find it very heartwarming that so many of you have contacted me to tell me that you are pleased to use our take on a pajamas pattern in particular. People have told me they know they will like the fit, they know the project will be thoroughly instructed, and they know the end result will be a very wearable style.
As per usual, I hope the pattern will live up to these expectations! I will be working, over the coming weeks, to provide all of the extra support and inspiration that makes an indie sewing pattern special by hosting a sew-along for the Eastwoods. Will you join us?
While the official sew-along will start next Friday, August 3rd, so that you have time to get and assemble your pattern and materials, let’s ramp things up by sharing inspiration and discussing fabric choices today.
When I designed the Eastwoods I had classic cosy flannel PJs in mind. I imagined them worn in front a crackling fire on a chilly December evening…perhaps paired with a white Arrowsmith Undershirt (our free pattern) or, for more coverage, a french terry Sayward Raglan, or a waffle knit Strathcona Henley.
While flannel is an obviously comfortable and also nicely affordable/readily available fabric choice, many of our test sewers chose fabrics more suitable for summer! The Eastwoods are splendid in a quilting cotton, a light shirting, or in a luxurious linen or hemp. You could even shorten them to capri or short length to make summer loungers (I’ll discuss alterations like this in the first sew-along post)!
Test sewers are always a creative bunch and I was thrilled to see the variety of fabric choices and styles they achieved when they tested out the Eastwoods!
Lisa was hoping to sew a pair in linen but her fabric didn’t arrive in time so she used a black Pima cotton that she had on hand and a contrast fabric for the inseam pocket bags and back patch pocket. Her children chose the contrast fabric from her stash…I can imagine this approach (a nice neutral solid and a fun contrast chosen by his kids) would make a great personalised Father’s Day, birthday or Christmas gift!
Ruth used a wonderful red, white and black plaid flannel for the pair she constructed for her husband. She hasn’t yet hemmed them in the photos above and said she would size up next time. After receiving her and other test sewer’s valuable feedback we altered the sizing to include a bit more ease. A fitted pajama pant looks lovely but the priority really needs to be for the pants to provide the utmost in comfort. I think we achieved that balance with our revised fit!
Sarah’s pair is modelled by her son and is constructed in a crisp black and white pinstripe.
Tracy sewed her husband summer PJs in a lightweight cotton and linen blend. That coral is such a fresh, cheery colour! Perfect for summer lounging on the back deck.
Amber sewed her partner this gorgeous pair in a novelty monkey print flannel (cute!) with a deep red drawstring. Here is what she had to say about her experience on Instagram: “This was my first time sewing pants and I’m quite pleased with how they turned out. I opted for the most difficult variation so I could learn the skills that will transfer to making regular pants. These have side pockets, back patch pockets, functional button fly, elastic waist, and drawstring. A lot of features to tackle for a novice sewer but definitely worth it!”
Ready to tackle this project as well? Next Friday we’ll have a detailed look at the variations, discuss elastic choices, and talk about fit and style alterations you could make. If you spend some time perfecting the process now, you will be ready to knock out all manner of PJS this Fall as the weather cools and Christmas draws near!