Shortly before Christmas, I made all three kids some new pajamas. Then I made them each a set as a Christmas gift and my mom gave them each new pajamas, too! Pajama overload perhaps, but it was really a good thing. Even The Preacher got new pajamas. The ability of good pajamas to bring comfort and joy is not to be underestimated. My pajama drawer and I were feeling left out.
Finally last week I was able to remedy that. I do not enjoy the bunching up around the legs that happens with traditional pajama pants. I had been wearing leggings and tunics as pajamas for awhile and that worked well. Last fall I made a pair of sweatpants (track pants? lounge pants? I don't know exactly what they are...) using Ottobre 5/2011 #5 and I really liked them.
Combined with the plentiful race T-shirts I have, they would be great as pajamas - comfy, stretchy, and tapered at the ankle so they don't bunch up.
I bought two pieces of cotton interlock from JoAnn's and made them assembly-line style. Most of the sewing was done on my serger (Babylock Evolution - loooove that thing) using the three-thread coverstitch and two-thread flatlock. I prefer the contrast of the gray on the navy to the blending on the gray pair.
The hem has a slit in the inseam. I sewed the inseam on my sewing machine to make finishing the slit easier. I like this touch - it allows for extra length comfortably.
This pattern fit me exactly how I'd like it to without any tweaking. Even the length was perfect! I left off the drawstring and I put the elastic all the way around the waist, as opposed to just 3/4, which leaves the front smooth. If these were going to be out-and-about pants (and they certainly could - they are very similar to the Hudson pants and the Anima pants. Very current and stylish, but not the look for me right now) I would include those features, but they're pajama pants so we're keeping it simple.
I'm so happy with these. They meet a real need and the fact that I really like them is a wonderful bonus. The weather here is still so cold and bleak (but hope is on the horizon!) - a little comfort and joy from pajamas is totally welcome.