Updated: Jan 8
I have wanted to make myself some pyjamas for a while and when I saw some fabulous reviews of the Itch To Stitch Pine Cove Pajamas I knew I had to give them a go. I have been more focused on workwear recently so it was great to treat myself to a bit of loungewear. And I got to try them out over the Christmas break.
It is a PDF pattern which is great for me as it meant I could download and print it without having to wait for it to be posted. This was the first Itch to Stitch pattern that I had tried so I was able to try out a toile while I was waiting for my fabric to be delivered.
The pattern includes a wrap top with full length sleeves and full length loose fitting trousers with elasticated waist. The top is fastened with ties so a great beginner pattern as there are no buttons or zips to worry about. It also includes a cute little patch pocket, relaxed fit with a drop shoulder and side splits.
The pattern is designed for non-stretch woven fabrics so can be made in cozy flannel for the winter or silky satins for warmer weather. So in case you are inspired to give them a go here is some more information for you.
Sizing goes from 00 to 40. This covers
bust sizes from 31 1/8 inches (79cm) to 60 inches (152.5cm),
waist sizes from 25 3/8 inches (64.5cm) to 54 1/4 inches (138cm) and
hip sizes from 33 1/8 inches (84cm) to 62 inches (157.5cm).
Size I Made
For the top I made size 6 at the bust and waist blended to size 8 at the hip.
For the trousers I made size 8 (based on my hip measurement).
My Measurements and Body Type
Body type: I am an H shape from the front but I stick out a bit at the front at the boobs and at the back at the bum. I also have a bit of a rounded upper back (from too much time on a computer!)
Adjustments I Made
This is the first Itch to Stitch pattern I have made so wasn't sure about the sizing. I decided to make a basic toile just to check that it was true to the measurements.
I have been using my own dressmaking project plans to help me keep track of my sewing projects and the adjustments I make. This also reminds me to transfer any fitting adjustments back to my pattern pieces (as I have forgotten to do that in the past which causes havoc when I come to remake the pattern!)
The top and the trousers both fitted really well from the standard pattern so I just made a couple of tweaks. On the top I decided to make a small rounded back adjustment of 1/2" which is a common adjustment for me. I was also not sure about the dropped shoulder, as that style doesn't always flatter me, so I took an inch off the shoulder length and added it into the head of the sleeve instead.
I also ended up taking 1" off the length of the trousers and double turning a 1" hem (2" in total).
Fabric I Used
It is currently winter in the UK so I wanted a pair of pyjamas that would be warm. There didn't seem to be a lot of choice of flannel fabric in the colours that I like so I ended up with some brushed cotton in a dark dusky pink from Bombay Stores Fabrics.
It is smooth on one side and brushed on the other which I wasn't sure about when it arrived but I love the stylish touch it adds to the finished pyjamas while still making them warm and cosy on the inside.
I also ordered some pale pink brushed cotton for a second pair to make as a gift. This fabric is brushed on both sides so feels lovely and snuggly.
Each pair takes about 4m of fabric for the top and bottoms. I made sure to prewash the fabric before cutting out as I have been caught out in the past with cotton fabrics shrinking on first wash.