Do you say “pajama” or “pyjama”? Either way – I love my pajama pants!
I’ve been going through my closets recently (major purge) and realized I need a bit of a refresh on my pajama pants. I know they are pretty inexpensive to purchase but as usual my need to “make it myself” kicked in. Plus, I have this adorable material that I picked up crazy cheap when I bought the rest of the bolt at my local Northwest Fabrics store.
This is Hoffman’s Hot Dogs line. Being a basset hound owner, I kinda needed this fabric.
I used a blend of two different patterns for this project. I took the pattern sizing from a Simplicity pattern, and the idea for colour blocking the bottom from Amy Butler’s In Stitches book.
Pajama pants are a quick little project (my favourite kind). But it was also the perfect chance to check out a new sewing machine! Over the past few weeks I’ve been sharing details about the Janome Shop-at-Home website which is a fabulous new concept for Canadians looking to purchase a sewing machine! I’ve been enjoying my Janome Shop-at-Home experience. There’s a wealth of information on their website!
For this pajama pants project I worked on this project on the Janome Juno J1250. This is another beautiful machine.
There are a total of 50 stitches on the J1250. After removing it from the box, it set up really quickly – although I definitely took out the manual this time to make sure I had the “lay of the land” before I started stitching. I can see why this is a great crafting, garment and home decor machine. As with the G1212, it’s got a smooth drive.
These are a few of my favourite things…
Some of my favourite features of this machine just off the top, include:
It’s got a top loading bobbin. Once you have this on a machine, it’s hard to go back to a side-loading bobbin. You can see where your bobbin thread is at and particularly whether it’s getting low and needing to be replenished.
You can change the speed. The speed control slider bar can let you change the maximum speed. Great for when you have different users on your machine (especially newer users) or if you are doing projects that require long rows of straight stitching (speed) or more detailed or curvy stitching (slower for control).
It has an automatic needle threader. This is the first experience I’ve had with that. I had to get out the manual to figure out how to load it but it’s super easy and pretty nifty!
And finally, I love that the needle position always stops in the “up” position. Such a small thing but I very quickly got used to this feature!
Pajama (Pyjama) Pants…
These pants came together really quickly! There are lots of tutorials available if you don’t have any pattern for these. I have also seen where you can take a pair of your exisiting pajama pants, trace around one side of each leg and add one inch for seams. With this pattern, you put right sides together and sewed up the inside leg seam, then sewed the inside curve together, and then the outside leg seams. I used a one inch cuff on the top and inserted an elastic for the top band (you can also use a draw string). And then folded up the bottom cuffs 1/4 inch, ironed, then a 1/4 inch again and straight stitched.
I have lots of scrap materials and so I decided to add the blocking at the bottom just as a cute accent. I also opted for an elastic waist (versus draw-string) just because it seemed easy.
The Janome Juno J1250 is free arm convertible so it was super easy to do the cuffs on the machine.
I increased the stitch length from 2.2 to 3.0 when I stitched the cuff. It was easy to do and I think it makes for a nicer finish.
I’m really pleased with the way these turned out. I made these in a size small. I’ll definitely be looking for more fabric so I can make a few more pairs of pajama pants!
Yes, these pajama’s match my toe nail colour.
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Full disclosure: I have not been financially compensated for this post. As part of my Janome SAH experience I will get to keep one of the Janome Juno sewing machines, but I promise you this — all views expressed here are my own.