I’ll admit I am the person that used to say why would I sew pajamas when there are so many other things I want to make that people will actually see? However; when it became harder for me to find pajamas that I actually liked; and I found a cowboy print flannel from Fashion Fabrics Club I knew I needed to find a pattern that was worthy of this rodeo fabric.
I decided to go to my current favorite pattern maker; Closet Case Patterns (I had just finished my first sallie maxi dress and was so thrilled that Heather’s size 6 was my exact measurements) and found the gorgeous Carolyn Pajamas. There are so many gorgeous versions of this pattern out on the blogosphere I was quickly convinced. Since I had previously owned three pairs of flannel pajamas in this style I knew that I would wear them to death (as I did my three pairs before). Though this pattern is a bit of a fabric hog (5 yards!) I figured it was worth it especially for something I really wanted. Cowboy pajamas. I had searched high and low for something like these and what is sewing for if not to make exactly what you want. But alas winter ended before I was able to make them and so in the bin of cut out projects they stayed. A few weeks ago I had started a pair of denim lander pants and realized I couldn’t move beyond the first few steps until my zipper came in the mail; so I decided to start these bad boys as my pajama wardrobe was a hot mess.
My Longmire pajamas were born! I didn’t really have much difficulty with these as Heather’s instructions are very detailed. I had done an elastic waistband before but had not done a notched collar, or in fact a shirt collar really of any kind. I think these pajamas are a great place to start if you are interested in shirt-making because if the collar isn’t as crisp as you’d like they are only pajamas! Practice makes perfect. Or better at least. Progress not perfection I like to say.
These wrinkles are 100% authentic people I have worn these three times already (oops sorry to anyone who is grossed out by that) and am fully obsessed with them. I didn’t add the cuffs to the sleeves because I’m petite and the sleeves seemed long enough to me however after a few wears I think I will add them on to this pair and include them in my next pair. I have some Michael Miller flannel that is destined to become this pattern. I’ve got plans for two more besides this and might even venture into trying piping for my next set.
My coffee mug is a Longmire reference. I hope that someone out there understands and appreciates it. Thanks for reading!