January Project Perfect Pajama Pants

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Hi Sewing Loft Readers! Today we’re going to talk about our January garment sewing project – Perfect Pajama pants. Why are these perfect? Because I am going to show you how to draft the pattern yourself!

pajama pants pattern via thesewingloftblog.com

How embarrassing – my first post here and I didn’t even bother to get dressed for you. (Actually, I totally did – I wish I looked like this straight out of bed!) I’m Melissa, from Melly Sews, and I’m going to be contributing to The Sewing Loft as your garment sewing expert for the next couple of months. Here’s how things are planned right now:


Week 1: Project Introduction

Week 2: Project Tutorial

Week 3: Project Questions and Sharing

Week 4: Project Answers and Features

So this is Week 1 – the Project Introduction. And as it said in the first picture, the project for January is pajamas. You can sew these for yourself (like I did) or for someone else. The key to these is basing them on a pair that you (or your person) have that fits the way you want them to!

I don’t know about you, but I am amazed that something as simple to sew as pajama pants can be so incredibly wrong for you in the fit department when you rely on generic patterns. The first issue might be that the pajama pant patterns I’ve bought in the past have been unisex, and, ahem, Hubby and I need completely different things when it comes to fit.

pajama pants pattern via thesewingloftblog.com

So, gather up your favorite pajama pants and your supplies and meet me back here next Thursday to see how to draft a pattern from them and then sew a copy. So you will no longer have an excuse for that favorite pair with the threadbare seat. Not that I’ve ever worn any pajama pants that long. Cough.


Besides your pants, these materials are a must have:

  1. Cardboard (any kind, but the larger it is, the better)
  2. Pencil
  3. Ruler or straight edge (clear is nice but not essential)
  4. Straight Pins
  5. Kraft Paper (or a bunch of printer paper taped together)
  6. Fabric – depending on what size you are making, you might need anywhere from 1/2 a yard (babies) to 2 1/2 yards (large adults)
  7. Elastic (at least 3/4 wide, and long enough to go around your person’s waist)

And it is nice, but not essential to have

  1. A compass – not the kind you use for direction, the kind you used in high school geometry (and you thought that class would never come in useful in real life!)
  2. A flexible ruler

So you have a week to hunt down that stuff and pick out the perfect fabric. See you next Thursday with the tutorial!


  1. Uncanny! I was planning to make myself a pair of pajamas very soon. Will certainly follow along and pitch the commercial pattern. Have all supplies in my home somewhere. Is that quilting type cotton? Or is it flannel?

  2. Super excited to try this out! I’ve never made pajama pants before or a pattern. Looking forward to Thursday!

  3. I’m so excited about making these pj with you! I have been searching for a tutorial that would teach me how to make pjs using pj pants that I love now.

  4. Diann Cornell says:

    I am so disappointed. I don’t have any pajama pants that fit well. Nor can I find any. So this is useless to me. How about a project that starts with a person’s measurements?

  5. has the tutorial for this been posted?

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