Monday, February 3, 2014

McCalls 6840 - Jungle PJ's

As part of my plan to revamp my wardrobe, I thought it was about time that I took a look at my PJ situation.  I have made a few PJ bottoms, but have been wearing the same couple of raggedy t-shirts for an embarrassingly long time.  So, I picked up some lovely cotton flannel in the sales, in a wild animal print - jaguar/cheetah?  I'm not sure, but Mr. SDSC thinks it is very '70's!

I used my TNT pants pattern - I like my PJ pants to be pretty loose, so rather than the 1" seams I would use for dress pants, I just used 5/8" seams.  The top is from McCalls 6840 and I chose view 'C'.  I have been coveting the pattern for quite some time now, so I was excited to give it a try.

Here I am in all my jungle goodness!!!


I feel that a teddy is obligitory in these kind of shoots!



There is a LOT of fabric in this top!


But howdy doody - look at that collar and the concealed buttonholes.  I have not sewn concealed buttonholes before.  The construction was interesting - a strip of fabric is cut, the buttonholes are sewn, then the strip is sewn to the front of the top.  I love it!



The only thing is - my lovely acid pink buttons are hidden!

So, a little about the pattern,  I was still on a 'dolman sleeve' kick following on from my top here, and I thought that this would make a great PJ top.  It is certainly nice and comfy - but there is a lot of fabric going on under the arms.  I did try pinning it out, but was not too happy with the look.  I did take off the cuffs though as they were HUGE - the proportions on the pattern are quite different.  I was a little disappointed with this pattern - I was hoping that it was going to be a great 'go to' pattern for PJ's and also for patterns with large prints.  There is a panel on the back where you can cut contrasting fabric, or place it on the cross grain for a neat effect, but I don't think I will make it up again.  Strangely, it fits nicely over my hips.  I really like the concealed buttonholes and the collar fits a treat, so there are some good things to this pattern.  I will probably use view 'B' to make PJ tops using the stripy fabric below - that has more of a traditional shirt design, and I may just construct an ordinary buttonhole band so I can use some funky buttons!

And for Mr. SDSC - here is a photo with a '70's' tint:


I have reviewed this pattern on Pattern Review here.



I'm thinking that these fabrics will elevate my PJ wardrobe!  How about you - do you make your own PJ's?

My PatternReview is here.

15 comments :

  1. Those really are fabulous pjs! I love the animal print. Also, thank you for the review. I think it's a great idea, to try out a shirt pattern for pjs. I do make my own, and for the family too, but haven't tackled a proper top yet, although there is one on my sewing list (along with every other garment ever invented lol).

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  2. well how cute are you! lol! could you sew the strip in then sew the buttons on top? I haven't tackeled pj's yet but they're on my mind lol! love your pj's!
    Helen

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  3. A wild print and red buttons!! WooHoo!!!!
    Such fun pj's. I too make my pajamas. I especially like making things for the summer.

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  4. I love that print with the red buttons. Those pjs look comfy and very stylish!

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  5. I love the pink buttons! These are so fun, and I love that you have the Teddy in a picture!

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  6. I am making myself some flannel pajamas at the moment. I love yours! Great fabric choice and construction!!

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  7. Such cute jammies....and the pink buttons brought a surprised smile to my face! I make my PJs too, and just made a pair of "jungle jammies" last week: http://sewmuchknitting.blogspot.com/2014/01/new-pjs-mccall-5248-vogue-8151.html

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  8. Love your cute pj's ..they look so comfortable too.. I love the pink hidden buttons..so cute..
    I do make pj's and gowns..Easy sewing and fun..

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  9. I love your jammies!! Yes, I do make my own.As a matter of fact, my first garment of 2014 was a pair of pjs that I just love.(not blogged yet)

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  10. I also love your jammies. I make my own and make them for birthday and Christmas gifts. Often times I just make the bottoms and buy a matching T-shirt.

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  11. Such cute PJs! And I love your bright buttons, what a nice little surprise under the hidden button band.

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  12. Just cosy, cosy cosy... matching nail polish?

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  13. Don't know whether you'll see this more than two years later, but here goes.
    What a clever idea to use this pattern for jim-jams. It's actually ideal for that, and I think I'll do the same.
    Thank you.

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