A review of Carolyn Pajamas
Carolyn pajamas pattern is available in English and French and both in printed and in pdf format. It includes three different views. I chose to make the view B with long pyjama trousers, long sleeves and the traditional pipings at the edges and the cuffs. The view A is basically the same but without the pipings and the cuffs and finally the view C has short sleeves and shorts to make a light summer pajamas set. All the trousers have a comfy elasticized waist.
The sizes range from 0 to 20 or corresponding to bust circumferences of 31 to 46″. This should be approximately European sizes 34 to 48.
The pattern was easy to understand and the numerous images helped to understand the construction. I liked how the back neckline was finished without using a facing and how the finishing of piped edges was explained. The project wasn’t the shortest possible. It took me about two days of sewing. My fabric was good for the pyjamas but it had a tendency of stretching slightly under the sewing machine foot which made it difficult to sew together interfaced or piped edges to the plain fabric. A thicker fabric would have made it much easier to sew the piping on.
I made the size 8 that roughly corresponded to the European size 36 and my choice turned out to be a correct one. I still might make slight changes in the next time using this pattern. Firstly the waist level of the trousers is pretty low and I might feel more comfortable with a higher waist. Furthermore I might shorten both the sleeves and the trouser legs a tiny bit. However, these things are not enough to make me any less happy with this make. This is the cutes set of pajamas that I have ever owned and I can’t wait to be able to wear it to bed.
I can warmly recommend this pattern for anyone interested in making their own pajamas. If you are more of a beginner I’d recommend making the first version without the piping but otherwise this is not a super challenging project since the fit is relaxed and trousers have elasticized waist.
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