New Pajama Shorts and Weekend Reading


I just finished a project!  Woo hoo!  That always feels like a big deal since I often (pretty much always) have to work on creative things in small chunks.  The latest creation is a pair of pajama shorts featuring this fabric.  Check it out:

Pajama Shorts (McCall's 6848) by Pattern and Branch


I wrote a review of the pattern on the Pattern Review website.  I’m also publishing it here in case you plan on trying this pattern for yourself.

Pattern Description: “Misses’ Tops, Romper, Shorts and Eye Mask: Top A is fitted. Semi-fitted romper B and top C have self bias binding. B: Loose-fitting through hips, pocket, elastic with purchased ribbon tie ends. A, C: Pullover. Shorts D, E (below waist) have elastic waist. A, B, C, D: Narrow hem. E: Ruffles. Eye mask F has elasticized casing.” I made shorts (D) without a ruffle. That is what this review covers.

Pattern Sizing: Multi-size pattern with Large, Extra-large, and Extra-extra-large. I made size Large for the shorts.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that it came together quickly without a lot of pattern pieces. I think the back crotch length could have been a little longer, at least for me. I’m hoping the backside doesn’t creep down when I sit or bend down.

Fabric Used: cotton wax print

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew it again (I may try a crepe de Chine or something silky next time.) and I think it would be a good project for others to try. I would also like to try the shirts, but maybe in a knit, even though this pattern is meant for woven fabrics.

Conclusion: This was a good and easy pattern. I’m happy to have a pair of pajama shorts that are cool and comfortable.

And, just in case you want to take a closer look at the pattern envelope and the shorts…

Pajama Shorts (McCall's 6848) by Pattern and Branch

Pajama Shorts (McCall's 6848) by Pattern and Branch

Pajama Shorts (McCall's 6848) by Pattern and Branch

One thing I had thought of doing, inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest, was to add some mini-ball trim to the leg openings.  The only time I have worked with that trim was when I helped a friend make a scarf.  I should really say ‘attempted to help’.  We could not get that stuff sewn on right because it’s just so narrow.  I finally got to the point with these shorts where I needed to finish them and be done or they would join the world of never-finished sewing projects.  Anyone have any experience with sewing mini ball trim?  I’m sure there’s a tutorial somewhere on the internet…

I like how these turned out.  Maybe (maybe) if I make them again, I would try to lengthen the back crotch measurement to avoid good ol’ “plumber’s butt”, but we’ll see.  I’m excited to make something else with this fabric.  Maybe a top?  I’ve been pinning plenty of clothing with wax prints to give me ideas.

I hope you have a great weekend.  Happy Father’s Day to all the dads of the world.


Here’s a little weekend reading if you get the time.  I love it when The Coletterie sends out weekend reading links, so I’m using their idea out of pure admiration.

  • My Mom sent me this article:  Why the World Needs the Makers to Say No Boldly.  It (and the article it was based on) gave me a lot to think about.  I think I now understand why my mental project list is 100 miles long, but I only ever finish one or two of the things on it.  Do you agree?  Disagree?  I’m still thinking it over.
  • I’ve been reading through Kadiddlehopper’s SwimAlong 2013 posts.  I’m thinking of taking the plunge… (ha ha ha)
  • I’ve also been contemplating becoming a late joiner in the slip sew-along on Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing.  New territory in sewing for me, that’s for sure!
  • And if you NEED to build your body into a surfer body, Men’s Fitness has got you covered.  I was worried that, being a woman, this might not work out so well for me, but I’m getting there.  I may never again surf (I’ve gone a whopping two times), but you have to dream–even if your dream is just to get really strong and have good balance (and yes, I did watch too many surfing movies this winter).

Happy weekend, everyone!


6 responses »

  1. I love these shorts! I was just thinking I needed a good pattern for some wax print shorts; this may be the one! I just found 2 yards of Ankara for $2 at Goodwill! I love all of your Mmm outfits,


    • Thanks! Great score on the fabric! Wow! The only thing about these shorts is that I think I should have lengthened the crotch depth in the back, but even making them without any alterations, I think they fit pretty well. I think the Purl Soho blog also has a free shorts pattern with bias edging you might like.


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