I miss my Grandpa–living clear across the country from my entire family, I don’t get many opportunities to head back east to visit him. So while watching the episode of the Great British Sewing Bee where they made men’s pajamas (which, incidentally has been removed from YouTube and now I can’t watch any of the episodes—waaaah!), I decided to sew up a pair for my Papa. The prospect was a little daunting, though, given that his wife (my Grandmother Lucille, who passed when I was 8) was an exceptional and prolific seamstress. I knew I was going to have a serious bar set for my work!
I used Vogue pattern V8964 and my sweet Aunt Claire provided the sizing information. I made View D, with the only change to replace the hem pockets with a single chest pocket, giving the PJs a more traditional look. I love that the bottoms have a functional fly front (open, with a single, hidden button to close), elastic waist AND drawstring. I didn’t take photos of the inside, but the seams are just finished with simple serging.
For the fabric, I spent some serious time on Mood, looking for a suitable color and pattern for my Grandfather and ended up with this grey and blue striped shirting from Theory. It’s just right for pajamas, nice and lightweight, but not see-through. He said the pajamas were really soft, so that made me happy!
My Grandfather graciously agreed to having his photo taken and posted (“If you think I look alright”, he said), so here he is: