Friday 7 June 2013

Baggy, Saggy Pyjamas...

Pyjamas, pajamas, pjs, jammies or jimmy jams... whatever you call them, they need to be comfortable to sleep in. Well my new pyjamas are most definitely comfortable, but they are also baggy and too short.

They do, however, have a waistband that fits well and with elastic that won't twist. Yes, this is the garment I used for a post earlier in the week.

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I used Butterick B5153 and made a size small, using a rather bright flannelette, bought on sale some time ago. Now, I don't mind pyjama pants being baggy, but the distance from crotch to waistband is ENORMOUS!!! I can pull the waistband up to my bust... not a good look!!! In the photos, I'm wearing them higher than is comfortable, but not as high as I could.

They are also too short. Being quite short myself, I didn't bother to measure the length of the pattern before sewing. They look an OK length in the photo, but in reality, as soon as I bend my legs, they really are too short.

All in all, my new pyjama pants are more like clown pants, BUT I'll still be wearing them, as they are comfortable and warm. I should have checked the pattern in the first instance, as Butterick patterns are never a good fit for me.

Normally, I don't wear my pyjamas outside, nor my Ugg boots either, but for the purposes of taking photos, on this occasion, I did.  Now-a-days in Australia, Ugg boots are generally worn indoors for warmth, although this was not always the case. Back in the 70s and 80s, we wore our Ugg boots outside as boots, but they were definitely not considered a fashion boot. They were generally considered as daggy back then and still are.

Ugg boots have been around for a LONG time in both Australia and New Zealand where the term Ugg is considered to be generic. UGG Australia boots, owned by U.S. company, Deckers, are, I believe, a fashion boot and the term UGG is considered a brand name. Deckers actually tried to stop Australian and New Zealand companies from using the term Ugg, even though these boots originated in our little corner of the world. I don't view the dispute as U.S. versus Australia, but rather big company versus the little guys. You can read about the debate and the history of Ugg boots on Wikipedia and the Australian Sheepskin Association web pages. 

I had a bit of a laugh over my new, warm and ill fitting pyjama pants, so I hope you have too. They were super quick to make, so I haven't lost much time. I really should have measured first, then tried them on as I was sewing. So... this is not an example of good sewing, but another keeping it real post on Threading My Way.

I have bought some more flannelette, to make another pair of pyjama pants. Hopefully, after altering the pattern, I'll get a much better fit, while still keeping the comfort factor.

... Pam


  1. So sweet! I like the colors!
    Have a nice weekend!

  2. Interesting bits of information about Uggs! That stinks that the pjs fit so poorly. It seems like unisex patterns are usually more suited for men. I've made the mistake of making unisex pjs before. I have to twist the waist band over a couple times on the pair I made. I modified the pattern for the second pair i made!

  3. I think pj's need to be baggy! As long as you're comfy in them is all that matters ;-)
    I wear my pj pants all day in winter if I can get away with it. lol. Usually I have to go somewhere though and have to wear acceptable to the public stuff. hhahaha!!!
    But as soon as I get home the pj's go straight back on ;-)

  4. They ARE cute, but make sure you make notes on the pattern so you'll remember next time exactly what adjustments need to be made :D You think you'll remember, but if you don't make more jams for a few months, you could forget the details! I try to make a trial version of any new project I make (using ugly or inexpensive fabric, or even old sheets!) - rarely do I have complete success the first time around - and sometimes my results are a big bad WOW+ewwwww, lol!

  5. I love the fabric you used! I'm glad to read your posts about this pattern since I have it too, but have not made them up yet. You never know when it comes to a big 4 pattern. Sometimes they are spot on and sometimes not. I have been pretty lucky with skirts overall. Dresses are hit or miss.

  6. I love the idea of baggy pjs. I hate it when I'm wearing pjs and I sit up in bed, the pjs ride up and almost cut me in two!

  7. I make this pattern for my daughter and have to shorten the crotch 3 inches and then add an inch to the hem. Now that I have the adjustments written down for her and her best friend, they are a breeze to make.

  8. I finally took apart an old pair of pajama bottoms that fit well to use for a pattern. Getting that crotch area to fit me using purchased patterns is more often miss than hit!

    Don't you just hate the way big companies through their legal weight around? Uggs are expensive here, so I've never gotten any. They do look warm and toasty though.

  9. Well, since pjs are meant to be worn inside and not out in public, I suppose it's not too big a deal if the fit isn't perfect! I'm sure you'll figure out how to get a great fit on the next pair.:)

    Interesting info about Uggs. For the last several years, they have been THE boot to have for winter with the teenage girls/young adult crowd. I always assumed they were an Australian boot that was imported...learn something new every day!

  10. Frustrating! I never measure length either, I always assume that it will be too long.

    I did not know that about Uggs either, very interesting!

  11. At least you will be warm in your new pyjama's Pam!

  12. I have made the same mistake with a pair of pj pants. If I went searching, I'd probably find it was a Butterick pattern!


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