PJ pants

A pledge to stop buying new fabric has a little-known fine-print clause: if you can make a thing from the fabric within 24 hours and it never touches the stash, it doesn’t count. It’s like it never happened.

I decided to apply this clause when, within the space of a week, my PJ pants wore so thin that they tore, and a sheet-buying expedition to Spotlight turned up the most hilarious flanelette which was also on sale.

Check this out. Animals hiding badly.


The bear just slays me. And interestingly, the selvedge suggests that RMIT students designed the thing! (It also suggests your child will catch on fire wearing the stuff.)


It took about 2 hours all up to turn this soft soft soft flanelette into PJ pants with Simplicity 4023. All I did was make them extra long and add a waistband because they were too low-riding.


PJs are super easy to whip up in no time at all. But if you’re keen to have a little community support, go join the Pyjama Party at Did You Make That? HQ.

7 thoughts on “PJ pants

  1. What a bizarre print! I made some pj’s recently as well, too bad we’re too old for sleepovers these days so we can’t show them off (I’ll blog most things but draw the line at me wearing my pajamas!)

    • Might be – but I expect lots of pink butterfly/rainbow/fairy rubbish will, as usual, dominate their selection. I really didn’t fossick much. I just saw the ridiculous animals and nabbed it!

      I did see whole sets of PJs for $6 at Coles yesterday. Six. Bucks. I don’t expect the cotton growers/harvesters/weavers/sewers see much of that vast sum. Hmmm.

  2. I’m so surprised Spotlight stocked something designed by local university students! I love it – the fabric, that is, because it’s such a funny little design, and the fact that Spotlight stock it.

    My experience with flannelette (from Spotlight and elsewhere) is that it’s generally been very thin and therefore short-lasting. Actually, that’s been my experience with corduroy, as well, which has been very devastating after spending hours sewing the perfect pair of pants, only to find the nap wear in the most conspicuous places after too few wears.

    The fire warning reminds me of all my pretty nighties and Chinese pjs I had as a kid; they were all highly flammable and noted as such. And yet, I still wore them – as my sister did hers – while standing in front of the open fireplace, the only source of heating in our house. Thankfully neither of us ever caught fire otherwise the ramifications would have been dreadful! But they were oh so pretty and brought all the way from Hong Kong by my great-grandparents. We loved them.

    I think the moral is to not stand too close to the fire in your new pj bottoms!

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