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Mid-rise PJ June Shorts and Pants

Mid rise PJ pants - June Pants sewing pattern - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

I’ve been seeing this trend lately—PJ pants and shorts as outside pants and shorts. Usually the pants/shorts look like classic men’s boxer shorts with a pinstripe pattern. Naturally I thought—I could make that! 

Mid rise PJ pants - June Pants sewing pattern - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog
Mid rise PJ pants - June Pants sewing pattern - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

I used our June Pants and Shorts pattern and lowered the rise 3”. I would say this is a mid-rise. We have a full blog post about how to lower the rise on June here! I wanted these to have that classic PJ look so lowering the rise worked a treat. 

June Pants Rise Adjustment Tutorial - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog
Mid rise PJ shorts - June Shorts sewing pattern - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

I made a pair of shorts first, just to check that I liked the adjusted rise before I cut out the pants. I skipped the pockets so these came together SO fast. I used some leftover crinkle cotton from a past project. I really like them and I can see myself reaching for these a lot in the summer months. They are the perfect lightweight PJ shorts! I’ve paired them here with a RTW t-shirt I got on a recent trip to Ucluelet. The colour is a perfect match! 

Mid rise PJ shorts - June Shorts sewing pattern - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog
Mid rise PJ shorts - June Shorts sewing pattern - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog
Mid rise PJ shorts - June Shorts sewing pattern - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

Once I was happy with the fit, I cut out a pair of PJ pants in a nice pinstripe cotton from Blackbird Fabrics. This fabric screams classic PJs so I knew it would work well for this look. If you want to take this trend even further you can add a faux-fly front and some buttons to complete the look. 

Mid rise PJ pants - June Pants sewing pattern - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog
Mid rise PJ pants - June Pants sewing pattern - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

The final result is super cute and comfy! I know I will wear these around the house but the jury is still out on whether I will venture outdoors in them. In my small city (~60k people), there aren’t a lot of places where I could wear these where people wouldn’t just assume I was wearing PJs, but I’m also fine with that! 

Mid rise PJ pants - June Pants sewing pattern - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog
Mid rise PJ pants - June Pants sewing pattern - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

I’d like to make another pair with this rise but in a different fabric that I might be more likely to wear out. Maybe a nice washed linen? I’ll add it to the list! 

Mid rise PJ pants - June Pants sewing pattern - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog
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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.

2 Comments on “Mid-rise PJ June Shorts and Pants”

  1. Hi Helen! Do you have any advice on tapering the legs of the pants to make them more barrel-style?

    1. You can take the side seam in at the calf/ankle to get a barrel look. Or you could try adding some hem darts to the bottom of the leg. I would make a muslin to try out different options!

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