Friday, October 20, 2017

Plum Week: Flannel Margot Pyjama Pants

My last Plum Week entry is certainly not the most glamorous, but is sure to be the most worn: pajama pants!


These are the Tilly and the Buttons Margot Pyjamas from her Love at First Stitch book. This pattern is the simplest around, with just two pattern pieces: front and back legs. The top of the waistband is folded down to form the casing for the drawstring.


I'd made these once before, for my friend Holly and had always intended to make myself a pair, too. I've been in need of more cozy, cool weather pajama pants now that I'm in Vermont. I have one 10-year old pair of RTW plaid flannel pajama pants, but needed another pair for when those are in the wash! So flannel Margots it was!


The plum-colored herringbone brushed cotton flannel is from good old Joann's Fabrics. Ensnared by the coupon, yet again. But it's soft, easy to work with and obviously fits my plum/wine color scheme.

I fall between sizes 7 and 8 in Tilly's size chart, so I decided to go with the 8 because I like my PJs to be on the roomier side.


I made changes to the pattern similar to the ones I made for Holly's pair: I turned the top down by only 1.5"(you're meant to turn it down by about 2.25"), made 2 buttonholes 1" away from the center front seam, threaded 1" elastic through the casing, then threaded the drawstring (some twill-ish ribbon) through the casing and buttonholes. I like the comfort of elastic and also wanted a slightly higher rise for the pants.


To demonstrate how I'll most likely wear the Margot pajama pants, I've paired them with a trusty t-shirt, my Helen's Closet Suki kimono robe (need to make a warmer version of this!) and fleece slippers. If I were truly keeping it real, though, my hair would be a matted mess and I would have loose threads, serger tails, and bits of interfacing stuck all over my pajama pants. But I'll spare you. Folks who sew are quite familiar with this particular look.


I love how the Margot pants turned out! Great fit; not too loose and not too baggy. I will definitely plan to make more Margots in the future!

Thanks for enduring my plum-themed week! I am still laughing at the fact that I accidentally procured so many fabrics in a similar hue! What will next week bring? I've got some orange and green bumping around, too, so who knows!

17 comments:

  1. I’ve love plum week! Have you had plum in your overlocker too? Currently my sewing queue is dictated by overlocker Thread colour!

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    1. Ha ha, that was definitely part of it!

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  2. These are awesome! Yes, I know the look. I am a teacher, and whenever we go on a holiday break I pride myself in only wearing that uniform while we are not working! I might need to make some of those pants...

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    1. Thanks! Ha, yeah, this is a pretty common weekend uniform for me ;-)

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  3. I definitely need some plum colouring fabric now. You are going to make me go broke, Meg. ;P Love the pj pants!

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  4. These look so comfortable! I love the colour.

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  5. Love the color and the whole look :-) I seem to buy a whole bolt of Joanne's flannel every year (with the coupon, it really is a bargain). It's just so soft -- and these fit you exactly the way I want my own PJ's to fit: loose enough to accommodate a variety of sleep positions without bowing to the "diaper bottom" look that XL PJ bottoms so often feature. Great job!

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    1. Thanks! The price is definitely right when this stuff is on sale!

      That's how I felt about the fit on these... I was really happy with them!

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  6. ''Tis the season! I just pulled out a pair of flannel pjs I made last winter. Enjoy!

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  7. LOVED your plum themed week! That color is outstanding on you! I am inspired to do a color themed mini collection. God bless your creative spirit in planning and making an enlightening week of posting.

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    1. Ha ha, the funny part is that getting all the plum fabric was totally unplanned! But once I noticed, it had to be a theme week ;-)

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  8. First off, I love your tshirt (oh, are my politics showing?) and the pj's look so comfy and they are a perfect color. I've been thinking about making this kimono -- and have the perfect summer fabric for it. What fabrics would you recommend for a warmer version? Thank you. So glad plum is a popular color again. :-) jen

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    1. Ha, glad you caught my little political statement. The pants are so comfy!

      Hmm, for a warmer kimono, I think flannel could work. I am considering using some fleece, too, for a wearable blanket look. Maybe even a thick, stable knit? I would alter the neckband, though, for the thicker fabrics, so it goes all the way to the hem. I think Helen's instructions include that "hack."

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    2. Thank you, Meg! Just the thought of flannel makes me happy, so I think that will be my choice. And I'm glad that the hack is included, it should be very helpful.

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