You may wonder what PJs have to do with Mad Men, and that would be a fair question. I have a confession–I’ve never actually seen Mad Men, so I can’t tell you for sure whether this is even slightly related to anything any character ever wears on that show.
But whenever I think of this period of time, I think of the old pattern illustrations from the classic men’s pajama patterns from that era. So pajamas it is!
These are the Carolyn Pajamas from Closet Case Files, and if pajama pants could ever be stylish and flattering, it’s these! When I first put them on, I thought for a second that I had made them a size too small because they felt fitted in the hip. After a few minutes I realized that they WERE in fact slightly fitted at the hip. At least more so than your average PJ pant.
And I actually love that. I love the comfort of pajama pants, but sometimes I feel like a slob when I wear them. These have just enough shape to avoid that.
I’m also pretty proud of my plaid matching in these PJs. Not because my plaid matching is particularly awesome but because I was a whole yard of fabric short when I was making these pajamas! Since I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough fabric to cut all the pieces out, let alone worry about plaid matching, I though I did a pretty freaking good job matching that plaid! The sewing gods were smiling on this project 🙂
This is a cotton flannel shirting from Cali Fabrics, and it worked famously for a cozy pair of winter PJs.
Pattern: Carolyn Pajamas by Closet Case Patterns.
Price: $14.00 USD.
Difficulty: Intermediate. The pants are probably beginner-friendly, but there are a lot of details on the top.
Techniques Required: Fitting pants (if necessary), Sewing facings, setting in sleeves, sewing lapels, sewing buttonholes.
Similar Patterns: There are any number of Big 4 patterns, but I don’t know of any other indie patterns for this particular style of menswear inspired pajamas.
Fabric: Cotton flannel shirting from Cali Fabrics.
Fit: Excellent. I always get a great fit from Closet Case patterns, and this was no exception. I particularly like the fit on the pants.
Modifications: None to the pattern, though I did modify how I constructed the lapels and collar. I didn’t care for the method included, so I drafted a back facing, and did a facing all around to attach the collar and lapels.
Pattern format: I have the PDF, though it is now available in print. The PDF is a beast! Though Heather does break up the pattern into several different files for the various views, so you don’t have to print 100+ pages — you just print the pieces and views that you need.
- Great fit, designed specifically for a woman’s body.
- Classic PJs will never go out of style.
- Versatile — you can make them warm and cozy in flannel like I did or make the shorts with short-sleeves in a lightweight cotton lawn for summer.
- These go together pretty easily but really look like you put a lot of effort into them.
- The top is versatile and stylish enough that it could easily be worn out and about if styled correctly.
- I don’t care for the construction of the collar and lapels. I drafted my own back facing, which I think is much nicer.
- The fit on the pants will feel tight to some. I love how they fit, but they are more fitted than your “typical” PJ pant.
Overall Grade: B. This is my standard grade for what I consider to be a really well-done pattern that’s worth its value. This is a solid pattern that I would definitely recommend.