The events of the last year have changed my lifestyle and how I spend my time, as I’m sure they have for most people. This has impacted my sewing habits; all I want to sew are cosy, comfy clothes. I have no need for pretty dresses and I don’t see that changing any time soon!
Sew Over It aren’t a pattern company that I’m usually drawn to, but when they released their Luna Pyjamas recently, it was love at first sight. They obviously tick the box of being cosy and comfy, but the wrap style is also super convenient for me as a breastfeeding mum.
The Luna Pyjamas are described as being an easy pattern, suitable for beginners. The trousers are simple, with an elasticated waist and no outer leg seam. The top is a wrap with ties that thread through the side seams and wrap around the back. You can tie it in different ways to change the look. The neckline is finished with a facing. The pattern is PDF only, available from the Sew Over It website, and is available in their new extended size range of 6-30. The pattern is also split into two different blocks: sizes 6-20 (B cup) and sizes 18-30 (D cup). The suggested fabrics are light to medium weight wovens with some drape such as viscose, cotton lawn, double gauze and linen.
The fabric I chose was the Lady McElroy – Deep in Thought viscose challis lawn. I knew the fabric content would mean it was super soft and comfortable against the skin, but I also loved the classic black and white colours and the abstract face design. I thought it would be perfect for a pair of smart yet comfortable pyjamas. When the fabric arrived, I wasn’t disappointed; it really did feel silky soft.
To choose my size, I took my measurements again. I do this before every new project, just to be sure. My measurements fell into a size 12 and 14. I looked closely at both the measurement chart and the finished garment measurements, then decided to sew a size 12 on the top (for my shoulders and bust), grading to a size 14 at the waist and hip.
I had my pattern printed on A0 sheets by a fantastic new printing company: Fabulosew. You need quite a large space to cut this pattern out, as each leg piece is so big! Also, because of the width of the pattern piece, I had to cut the legs out on a single layer of fabric. This fabric is quite delicate and I knew it would be prone to snagging, so I minimised my use of pins as much as possible. Instead, I used pattern weights to hold the pattern pieces down while I cut out. I also tested out a couple of different needles in my machine before starting to sew my garment. I decided on a new Microtex needle, size 60, as this seemed to pierce the fabric without causing snags.
Sewing the pyjamas was a really straight forward process. The instructions were really clear and the diagrams are fantastic. There weren’t any stages that caused confusion, so I’d definitely agree that it is a beginner-friendly pattern. Sew Over It also have a series of sew-a-long videos for this pattern on their YouTube channel. As my fabric was so soft, it did require careful handling throughout the sewing process. It did still manage to snag in a few places, despite my care, but these actually aren’t obvious because they blend in with the abstract design of the fabric.
I’m really happy with my finished PJs. I feel like they look classy and chic, while still being really comfortable and easy to wear. I could definitely get away with wearing them all day and not actually feel like I’m wearing my pyjamas! I think I may need to sew up another pair soon so I can wear them in rotation.
Felicity Fabrics have lots of fabrics that would be ideal for these pyjamas. Some of my favourites are:
https://felicityfabrics.co.uk/shop/lady-mcelroy-kingdom-of-the-cat-jade/ (Lisa Comfort actually used this fabric for the promotional photos)
Thank you for reading my blog today. I hope it’s inspired you to sew yourself some luxury loungewear.