DIY: Pajama Pants, Nautical Style

We usually take photos of our monthly parties and have planned out appropriate wardrobes.  But we were a little stumped as to what we'd be wearing for a business retreat.  Add to this the fact that we're going away for two nights and we're used to bringing at least 5 pairs of shoes on any vacation.  But for once, shoes and other accessories would be on the back burner for this particular Little Yellow Couch event.  We expected to be working all day and wanted to be comfortable.  But naturally, we still want to look good, right?   Even if we were never to leave the beach cottage!  So we decided to compromise.  We made lounging PJs with fabric that felt "beach-y," channeling some sweet little boutique you'd see on Nantucket or Hilton Head.  We think they are a nice combo of comfort and style.   And we're happy to report we got a lot of work done while lounging around...and we looked pretty snazzy, if we do say so ourselves.   

xoxo Zandra & Karen June


Your Favorite Pair of Pajama Bottoms (to use as a pattern)
2 1/2 yds. Cotton Fabric
1 Fat Quarter Contrasting Cotton Fabric (Cuffs & Pockets)
Small Scraps of a Second Contrasting Fabric (Pocket Edging)
1 yd. Cotton Twill Tape
Fabric Scissors
Straight Pins
Sewing Thread
Sewing Machine

Fold your 2 1/2 yds. of fabric in half lengthwise with right sides facing together.  Fold your favorite pajama pants in half with crotch pulled toward the front.  Pin your pants to your folded fabric.  Cut out your fabric leaving a 5/8" seam allowance along outside and inseams.  Leave a 1" allowance at the cuffs and 2" allowance at the waistline.   (I tend to be a bit generous while cutting.)  When cutting out your seam allowance for the inside and outside seams, make sure to stretch out the waistband for a true measurement along the top.  Remove the pins and pajama pants. You now have the front side of your new pants.  Fold your pattern pants in half again with the crotch pulled toward the back to cut out the back side and repeat the above steps.  Now you have the front and back sides of your pants.

Repin your fabric together just along the curve on both paired pieces.  Sew both seams at 5/8".

Open both pieces and match them up with right sides together.  Start by lining up the center of the crotches and then pin outwards down the inseam to the leg bottoms.  Sew together at 5/8".  

Pin your pants together along both outside seams again with right sides together.  Sew at 5/8".  

Fold your cuffs up towards the wrong side twice about 1/2" and edge stitch to finish.

Fold your waistband down towards the wrong side 1/2" then 1 1/2" to create a waistband. Edge stitch to finish and then sew a second seam about 1" from the top to create a channel for your drawstring.  

Fold the end of your twill tape down and feed a safety pin through it.  Cut a tiny slit in the seam between the edge stitching and channel stitching on your waistband.  Feed the twill tape all the way through your channel until you reach the beginning.  You can fold the ends of the twill tape over twice and stitch them to avoid fraying.  

Cut two strips of fabric 2 1/2" wide and just longer than the circumference of your cuffs. Iron both long and short edges in 1/4".  

Pin to the bottom of your cuffs and edge stitch to finish.  

Cut a rectangle of your contrasting fabric 4" w x 5" h.  Cut a strip of your second contrasting fabric 4"w by 2 1/2" h.  Pin right sides together as shown and stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance.  

Iron seam open then iron in half toward the back and edge stitch.  

Iron seams folding in twice at 1/4".  

Pin to the back of your pants and edge stitch on three sides to create a pocket.  We added two pockets to our pajama pants because frankly two pockets are cuter than one!