Spring Retro Cotton Pajama Set

retro pajamas in bed simplicity 4179

With these pajamas I hereby declare it is Spring! I’m putting away my oversized flannel pajamas (even if I do have a couple cute pairs) and wearing this adorable vintage style pajama set. While I am certainly usually guilty of wearing worn out oversize tee shirts and dumpy sweatpants to bed, I like have pajamas that make me feel pretty and composed when I wear them, perfect for wearing when traveling or with company visiting. Or just to celebrate that Spring is here!

simplicity 4179 vintage pajamas

I used vintage Simplicity 4179 to sew these pajamas. The pattern was one size large for me so I went ahead and cut it as it, figuring that it didn’t matter if it was a bit big since it’s just pajamas. Also, my broad shoulders don’t usually fit well in vintage patterns. Well, there was some funky fitting that resulted. Somehow it’s like the front fits well but there’s a bunch of extra fabric in the back. I made a few adjustments and fixed the issues, but it was an odd initial fitting result. I admit that I didn’t make a muslin and I can’t be totally sure that the odd fit wasn’t a result of my laid-back approach to these pajamas, but if you do find and sew this pattern yourself, you might want to check on the fit.

peter pan collar retro pajamas

This project is my April project as a Minerva Sewing Blogger so they provided the gorgeous cotton lawn that is the print and the coordinating solid cotton poplin as well as the thread, elastic, and buttons to make the whole project. I’m seriously in love with their cotton lawn (I used it for the first time to line my presidio purse) so you may see me finding excuses to use it again in the future. You can buy your own kit if you want to make your own similar pajamas!

retro pajama set cotton

I think it’s fun to use two different coordinating fabrics. The outfit wouldn’t be nearly as cute if it was all the lawn. Mixing in the solid poplin really makes everything pop. Of course it’s also nice to so perfectly color coordinate with my bed :)

front placket and button in pajamas

The front of the blouse has a placket is folded back and the overlap hides the edges. The two buttons on the yoke close the top while the buttons on the shoulder straps are purely decorative. The waistband of the pajama bottoms is elastic and there are no side seams so the front and back are the same.

pajamas and cat in bed

While our young grey cat (Tig) is the usual suspect to wander into my photographs, our old black cat (Mr. T) wanted to get involved in this one, so who am I to deny such a sweetheart?

cotton 1960s pajama set front simplicity 4179

I do have to admit to a little disappointment with this project, stemming from Adam’s reaction. Usually Adam loves everything I make (and if he doesn’t love it he finds something to compliment) since he’s so wonderfully supportive. But he’s convinced that the pajama set is too twee. I told him that it’s a vintage pattern and that he should like it since it’s mid-century and he loves mid-century. But if I’m going to do mid-century, he’d rather I do Joan Harris than Sally Draper. Oh well. They make me happy and that’s what matters!

cotton 1960s pajama set back

Comments 7

  1. Oh this is unbelievably cute. Who cares what the Mr. says….it would be so boring if we sewed the same styles all the time, sometimes you have to sew something totally different to learn and/or discover your own personal style (nothing’s ever a failure…but some things teach you to steer in a different direction next time). But that said, I really love your jimjams! Very light and airy. And obviously Mr T does too.

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      I love your philosophy that nothing’s ever a failure! Sometimes it’s hard to remember that. But I definitely don’t consider these a failure! I love them, even if the Mr. doesn’t :)

  2. I think they turned out cute & it’d be hard for me to muslin pjs too… Possibly if my ultimate goal was to use slinky silk. These pjs look like they’d be great to mix & match. If you have enough fabric left you could make a pair of Colette’s Madeline mini bloomers. Those & the top would keep the same mid century vibe but the extra leg might appeal to Adam more. Although I agree it’s more important you like them!

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  3. Super cute and what an unusual style! I really must get to making some winter ones now the weather is cooling off here :)

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