Hello campers and friends of CWS! I hope you spent Labor Day weekend prepping your pajama patterns in preparation for our Campy PJ Instagram Party (October 1 here I come!). I can’t wait to spend the day looking at all of your campy pajama sets and addressing merit badges to send to you.
After picking your pattern(s), it’s time to find just the right fabric to make your custom PJs. Do you want to go silky and soft or cozy and plush? Are you thinking about warmer fabrics for colder winter nights, or pajamas that will breathe because you’re a hot sleeper? Many things to consider!
Today we thought we’d share some inspiration to get you to the next step of our sewing challenge and contest. Don’t forget, there are merit badges and sewing machines just waiting for you!
Cool cottons are always a good choice for people who get hot and sweaty while they sleep (yes, we admit it!) but still want something cute for lounging around with bunkmates afterhours. We love the classic comfort of the Carolyn Pajamas by Closet Case Files, or Grainline Studio’s Lakeside Pajamas in a pretty cotton print paired with contrast binding. To make sure your cotton PJs are comfortable, choose voiles, lawn, or double gauze, which are lightweight and soft against the skin. The other upside of cotton is there are so many prints to choose from. Our own Elizabeth Olwen has a line of cottons at Cloud 9 that we think would be perfect for an easy pair of PJ pants! (After all, nobody said PJs had to be hard!).
Then we have the S’s—silk (or silk/cotton blends), satin, sateen…all of these luxurious fabrics are a sumptuous choice for patterns like Seamwork’s Lisbon, or the Ogden Cami by True Bias (which we would pair with a simple pair of ladylike boxers, trimmed with something special like a scalloped edge lace). Silks can also be used with any of the patterns mentioned above or with kimonos and robes such as McCall’s M6659.
The caveat? Silks and satins can be a little harder to cut and sew, but don’t let that stop you! Here are some resources to help you through, and my personal recommendation…if you haven’t tried sewing with these fabrics before, PJs are a great project to start. If you mess up, no one will know, because you won’t wear this make out of the house. Campers, I know what you’re thinking, and your fellow campers would never judge, so take a risk and try sewing something slippery this month!
- Tips and tricks for cutting silk from Grainline Studios
- Top 10 tips for sewing with silk from Craftsy
- Nerdy Sewing Tips: working with drapey silks & other slippery fabrics from By Hand London
- Seam finishes for silk from Threads
- 5 tips for sewing delicate fabrics from Colette Patterns
Like your PJs to do double-duty as lounge wear/casual clothing? Cotton or bamboo jerseys are breathable, easy to wear, and come in a wide variety of colors and prints. And if you’re sewing pajamas for kids, cotton jerseys are the hands-down favorite; after all, kids’ PJs should be close-fitting yet comfortable, and jerseys let them move and play without complaint. Plus with so many choices from our online fabric shop friends, you can mix and match prints for fun top-and-bottom combinations. We like the Hudson Pant by True Bias for sleepwear in soft bamboo jersey. And if you happen to wear a cotton French terry McCall’s M7296 jumpsuit out, you may be faced with a perfect is-she-or-isn’t-she-wearing-pajamas moment!
Finally, what could be more perfectly “camp” than a pair of flannel plaid PJs? (We’ve got our eye on Robert Kaufman’s new Mammoth collection of flannel plaids. Who wants to be twinsies?!). Flannel is warm, cozy, and classic. But take care when matching plaids, particularly at center front (we’ll be posting tips on that soon too!).
There’s still plenty of time to join the Camp Workroom Social PJ Party on October 1. To enter our great SINGER® sewing machine giveaway and to earn your PJ sewing merit badge*, post a picture of your you-made PJs and tag your post with @workroomsocial, #camppjparty, #sewwithSINGER, and #campworkroomsocial. To complete your entry, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Camp PJ Party” and include a link to your Instagram post, your full name, mailing address, phone number, and email address.
So start shopping (or searching your stash) today!
*U.S. residents with a valid U.S. mailing address only.
**Official rules at http://campworkroomsocial.com/contest/.