It was time for a quick and easy project, I needed pajama pants, and I had some cozy flannel that had been in my stash long enough. And when all those things aligned, I finally made myself some soft and cozy pajama pants.
The pattern is out of print (OOP) McCall’s 3019 circa 2000 (easily found on Etsy). This is my go-to pajama pants pattern for my husband. It’s a unisex pattern that we got from my mom, and it’s a favorite for its loose fit and POCKETS! You can use it for pants, shorts, a raglan shirt or a long robe. So far, all I have used it for is pants.
The fabric I used is an organic cotton flannel from Cloud9 Fabrics, with a great cloud print on it by artist Eloise Renouf. I got this fabric a few years ago from Pintuck & Purl, but wasn’t sure what to use it for. I really wanted to make a shirt out of it, but all I could see when I looked at it was pajamas. Finally, this year, my need for pajamas and an easy project was so great that I knew it was time to use this fabric for its true purpose: the coziest flannel pajama pants I have ever owned.
I’m a pretty big bargain shopper, so I usually go for the best quality at the lowest price. I used to always buy cheap flannel on sale whenever I needed flannel, so this was my first experience with organic cotton flannel (I think…I forget a lot of things…). And there is a huge difference. I already knew there was a pretty big quality difference between the flannel I had been buying on super sale at the big box stores and quilt shop flannel, but this organic cotton flannel is the best. It’s really substantial and soft, and I will admit that for the first few weeks after making these pants, I kept wondering how early I could change into them each night (or afternoon…it gets dark really early in the fall here).
So the pants themselves–this was a quick and easy pattern to sew, as expected. It only has three pattern pieces: front leg, back leg, and pocket. My measurements put me in an extra-large size. The pattern only covers small, medium, and large, but I tried on the last pair I made my husband, which are a large, and found that they fit fine. I figured I could cut the large and sew with a 3/8″ seam allowance instead of a 5/8″ seam allowance to give myself a little bit of extra ease, knowing I would actually be fine either way. This worked out great. The pants are nice and roomy. I’m really happy with the fit.
I sewed them with a straight stitch and zigzagged the seam allowances, because I was after SPEED! I added some elastic to the waist and a little ribbon tab at the back, and I was done! And now I sleep in cozy bliss whenever these pants aren’t in the wash! I really do need another pair, but I’ve got enough other projects I want to make that that probably won’t happen.
The fabric has begun to pill a little bit, but it still feels just as soft. You can see it a bit in this picture of one of the pockets. It doesn’t affect the feel of the fabric, though.
All in all, this was a great project. It was a good, quick sew and yielded something that is worn even more than most of my other projects.
I plan to take some time off for Christmas (Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!). I don’t know if it will just be a week or two or perhaps a little bit longer, but I should be back in January or maybe early February if I decide to extend the break. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and enjoy this first official day of winter (Winter Solstice!), knowing that now the daylight will start coming back. Yay!
Hand made pj pants are the best! I’ve never made any with a nicer fabric but now I’m intrigued. Happy Holidays to you… hope they are lovely!
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Thanks! I won’t say I’ll never use cheaper flannel again, but this was a nice change. I hope you have wonderful holidays as well.
Cute PJs! I also have used this pattern many times. The baseball shirt and robe are good too. Enjoy!
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Thanks! I’m really tempted to try the shirt. I love that style.
Great pj pants. I hear you on the flannel. Its amazing just how different good flannel is from bad. I found some if the cloud nine flannel at Sewfisticated last month and bought the entire rest of the bolt. Havn’t figured out what to make with it yet, but as soon as I need new pjs I’m sure it’ll get pulled out.
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That’s a great score! I’ve heard about Sewfisticated. One of my friends used to shop there a lot before she moved. That flannel will make great pj’s.