Tuesday, June 24, 2014

PJ pants in Nani Iro 'Painting Check' brushed cotton

These pyjama pants were cut out across the width of the fabric, to make the most of the beautiful Nani Iro 'Painting Check' design (available in store or online here), which changes colours as it nears the selvedge. 

The brushed cotton is extremely soft and supremely comfortable. And these didn't even need hemming because the bottom edge is the little fluffy selvedge itself.

They were made for my husband, on his request. I unpicked an old pair of his PJs to use as a pattern. They're mostly a very simple design, being mass-produced cheapies from many moons ago, yet somewhat bizarrely they featured a full button fly. In elastic-waisted pyjama pants. Didn't think I'd copy that part.
Yes, the Nani Iro is a slightly more sophisticated look for the grown man than these elephants

Instead I opted for a faux fly opening and full elastic waistband, with functional self-fabric drawstrings in the front.
 Adding patch pockets to the sides allowed more decorative use of the fabric border.

Simple handmade that will see a lot of wear this winter and for more to come!

PATTERN: deconstructed existing worn-out PJ pants
NOTIONS: cotton thread, elastic
TOOLS: Clover Bias Tape Maker to make drawstring (cut on grain not bias), vintage Singer buttonholer attachment for drawstring holes

- Jane x


  1. Those are awesome and I love the drawstring! I don't know why, but I've always been intimidated by the drawstring. I'd love to have a pair of these!


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