I’m slowing trying to elevate my at home loungewear, pajamas and activewear and this look is the first step in this new direction. The fabric is what makes these pajamas oh-so-fabulous! It’s this lovely silky chain print green, black and cream print on a white background that I bought on our vacation in Greece last September.
This post is going to be a bit longer than usual because so much went into the making of this set of pajamas!
This post is a long time coming! I made these pj’s quite awhile ago but getting good pictures with pajamas is always tricky! These are the perfect travel loungewear set- so of course I brought them on our Beach vacation last month. I just got around to a few more close up shots and am thrilled to share these with you finally!
I bought this fabric on a whim! The red colorway was in the window draped on a mannequin and I had to have it! I figured while in Greece it’s time for some fun fabric that’s a but extra. I feel like vacation is time to splurge and buy whatever catches your eye. Basics can be purchased here in the states.
I had no idea what to make with it…… so why not create some silky lounging pajamas. I found a bunch of inspiration on my Pinterest board and went searching for the perfect pattern.
Here are some more images from our vacation house in Cocoa Beach,FL at sunrise.
I finally settled on a vintage pattern that went with the design aesthetic I wanted. Simple, a bit oversized but elegant. I really love this pattern. It’s well designed, with very easy to follow instructions. I did alter the pattern to have no side seams which is so comfy for pajamas. For that change I just set the side seams together and adjusted to add some width. The original pant is a bit more tapered and fitted and I prefer a looser leg from high hip down. The fit of the pants is spot on now! The only change I might make in the future is to slightly lengthen the top. It hits a little higher than I think it should.
Sewing these up was quite straight forward. I really like the built in lower collar- more like a camp shirt. Makes it really easy to get a nice clean finish. I’ve been pushing up my sleeves when I usually wear this and the shape of the sleeve makes them actually stay in place. I may try the short sleeve version too. This is a great pattern. I wish I had enough fabric for a robe too- Next time!
I’m really loving the pattern matching on these pieces. I was very intentional with all my cutting to get every seam matching perfectly and I love how they all look perfect! From top to tank to pant the chains all line up. I matched the tank top straps and even the shoulder seams. Only miss was the blouse pocket. I should have made a muslin because the pocket sits a little low. But it matches perfectly and I don’t actually use it so I may skip it entirely next time.
Why do pajamas have pockets? Were they originally for cigarettes? This one does not fit a phone so it’s pretty useless.
My favorite part though was that I had just enough fabric leftover to make a matching Ogden cami! I love this simple top and it’s perfect for lounging. And it looks amazing in this drapey fabric. I probably wear the tank and pants most. But the jacket is great for a bit more modesty- like when we’re traveling with family.
Fabric Shopping Athens, Greece
I talked a bit in my Greece blog posts about fabric shopping but though this post would be great for a bit more detail. I spent the last day hitting the fabric stores. We had so many touristy things to do that fitting it in was a bit tricky- especially with store hours overseas. Luckily for me the fabric stores were almost directly behind our Air BNB in Four Corners. I marked the path we took on the little map below.
Kimionis Textiles, Athens
No vacation is complete without shopping for fabric. I lucked out as the main street of fabric stores was right up the street, behind the Kapnikarea Church, on Kalamiotou street off Ermou. This beautiful silky green print is from Kimionis.
Everyone in the shop was so friendly and helpful. I don’t think they see many tourists and they were happy to show off all their gorgeous fabrics. Prices in Athens are great compared to the US, but I only bought two fabrics- mainly to keep packing easy. Next time I may ship my purchases home directly from the store.
They had the red colorway in the window display above and I was instantly in love! (far left)
That’s not me walking down the street- but I wish it was! I went by myself . Photo idea for next time!
Early 2000’s VOGUE 7645
Robe Top Pants Shorts (Sizes 14 16 18) Evening length Robe Collar Dropped Shoulders Pockets
purchased from Cottage on the Bluff
I made the Size 14 and altered the pant pattern. The top was also lengthened in the sleeve by 1″.
The Ogden Cami is a simple blouse that can either be worn on its own or as a layering piece under blazers and cardigans. It has a soft V neck at both center front and center back necklines, and 3/4” wide straps. The neckline and armholes are finished with a partial lining for a beautiful, high end finish.
Available in two size ranges 0-18 and 14-22. I’m wearing a size 8 for reference.
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Phew! That’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed this post on these fab pj’s!
I’ve been sewing up a storm and photographing all my recent makes so stay tuned for weekly blog posts and videos on YT every Friday! Happy Sewing!