I made a shacket from a PJ pattern

A review of Paper Theory Patterns Agnes Pyjama Set

Reviewed by sewslowsarah on 5th February, 2022

Probably not what you were expecting to see when looking at a pyjama pattern! This pattern is so versatile – I’ve seen so many lovely blouses that I thought I’d jump in the oversized jacket bandwagon and give it a go as a shacket.  This cord is lovely and soft and I originally thought I’d make trousers with it, but after sewing a pair of PJs for my mum with the Agnes pattern and really enjoying the construction, I felt a sudden inspiration to make a shacket in pink with the PJ top pattern. So I went for it before I could change my mind

Cutting this pattern out is a breeze – cutting is my least favourite part of sewing so I’m always happy to cut as few pieces as possible. The cutting layouts use a single layer of fabric, so no folding needed. And the top has grown on sleeves – you cut the bodice and sleeve together so it’s all one big piece.

I cut the size 16, although my measurements were more of a 12-14. I thought it’d give me the extra ease you need when making a jacket. I probably could have just made the 14 as it’s a bit big.

As well as being easy to cut out, the jacket was a lovely sew. The instructions are really clear and given there’s a collar, it’s a straightforward sew, whether you’re making PJs or a jacket. It’s definitely a quicker sew than other PJ patterns I’ve tried as the methods it uses are less fiddly.

I’ve written a longer review, with some reflections on sewing with cord, on my blog – you can read it here: http://sewslowsarah.com/2022/02/05/paper-theory-agnes-pjs-hack-a-shacket/