Closet Case Files Carolyn Pajamas

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Carolyn Pajamas

Happy New Year, everyone!  I’ve got a special post to share today, one of my favourite makes from 2016! Attending Camp Workroom Social was just the push I needed to finally make the Carolyn Pajamas I have been planning for the past year. I had the pattern and fabrics for a while, but I am typically more of a knit loungewear person, so I didn’t have a ton of motivation to get going on these ‘fancy’ pajamas. Luckily, CWS decided to have a pajama party as a part of our fun-filled weekend, and that was just the motivation I was looking for!

Closet Case Files Carolyn Pajamas

This make is a bit late to the blog, but I am limited when it comes to indoor photos as my apartment doesn’t get a ton of natural light.  It has to be a very sunny day and a day Sam and I both have off work, which is pretty rare.  We finally got one over Christmas, so I jumped (literally) at the chance to take some pics.

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Closet Case Files Carolyn Pajamas

To achieve this project, I made the bottoms from Cotton + Steel Mesa Sunrise Lawn and the top from some beautiful batik rayon I purchased in Indonesia 10 years ago. I have been hoarding this fabric for a looooong time, so I’m really happy it finally found a purpose. The fabrics have a similar deep blue colour, and I used some of the lawn in the front facings and undercollar of the top to tie it all together. For the piping, I decided on black to keep it neutral and tie in with the black in the top fabric.

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Closet Case Files Carolyn Pajamas

These PJs are so comfortable and I think they have just the right amount of ease for a classic pajama. The cut is relaxed yet flattering and not oversized.  I will still reach for my knit Hudson pants and Lark tee for most of my lounging, but it is nice to have a full PJ set for pajama parties or staying over at other people’s homes.

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I really enjoyed the more complex bits of this project, like the piping and faux-fly.  It takes a bit of time to complete the Carolyn PJs because they are two separate pieces, but it is very rewarding to have an entire outfit at the end!  The Camp Workroom Social pajama party was so much fun, It was great to see so many Carolyn Pajamas! Check out minute 1 – 1.30 in this highlight video for some footage from the event. 

Closet Case Files Carolyn Pajamas


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Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

18 Comments on “Carolyn Pajamas”

  1. So nice to be able to use a souvenir in a handmade garment! It looks beautiful! I am in the home stretch for my pair, just need to hem the top and do the buttons and it will be finished!

  2. They are lovely! The fabrics look great together. I bought my sister the pattern for Christmas, but i’m going to sneakily steal it back and make myself a pair too 🙂

  3. Love your PJ’s Helen! I haven’t owned a pair of REAL PJ’s in well…45 years! But you’re so right – nice to have something NICE to wear when visiting 🙂 Love the fabric you used – they are so luscious 🙂

    1. Thank you, Kathleen! I wore them on Christmas morning too, because it seemed like the perfect time for fancy PJs, so that will be my new tradition!

  4. Oh my, those are so beautiful Helen! I love the use of different fabrics for the top and bottom, and how they still look like they were made for each other!

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