Disclosure: This blog post features gifted fabric from Crafty Sew and So. All words are my own and based on my personal experience of using the product.
Autumn is my favourite time of year; the weather turning cooler, pumpkin spice lattes, and an excuse to wrap up warm in lots of cosy jumpers and pyjamas. Each year I like to treat myself to some new loungewear ready for snuggling up on the sofa as the nights get colder. Pyjama bottoms with a big jumper and slippers are essential autumn and winter wear for me!
You may recall that I had a bit of an obsession with the Tilly and the Buttons Stella bottoms last year, and not just because of the name (my lovely Granny was called Stella). This jogger pattern has become one of my favourite makes and is the perfect pattern for those who prefer the legging-style pyjama bottoms (there’s something about the cuff at the bottom that gives them magical warming powers).
A few weeks ago, I spied the most gorgeous leopard print jersey in Crafty Sew and So’s Instagram stories. A lovely cool icy blue midweight jersey with just a hint of blush pink, I knew exactly what I’d make with it! I was over the moon when Freya kindly offered to gift me some to make myself some cosy pyjama bottoms.
Although designed for a thicker sweatshirt-style jersey, I can assure you that the Stella pattern works just as well in a thinner fabric. Although you need to be a bit more careful not to overstretch the fabric when stitching, this remains a make that can easily be knocked up in a few hours. I really struggle with finding time to sew these days, but I managed to cut my fabric out one evening after H had gone to bed, and then was able to sew them up during a single nap-time.
So, what were my thoughts on the lovely fabric I used? First of all, it’s SO soft without being too slippery. I’ve bought many a jersey fabric that is lovely to touch but an absolute nightmare to sew. Secondly, it’s a really lovely mid-weight jersey. Although it’s probably too thick for a summer dress, it’s perfect for making garments for the colder seasons. I’m going to use the offcuts to make some matching pyjamas for H! Finally, it washed really well. I know this makes me sound old, but I hate buying fabric that bobbles or fades after just a few washes. I’ll be wearing these a lot, so I need to know that they’ll last!
If you’re going to have a go at making your own Stella pyjama bottoms, here are my top tips:
- As with all my makes, I pre-washed my fabric to ensure that there was no shrinkage.
- When working in a thinner fabric, you may find that the notches don’t quite match up. Try not to worry about this, as you can easily match up the seams without them.
- Although the pattern does have instructions for adding buttonholes and a pull-cord, I’ve found that these are not essential. The thick elastic used in the waistband means that they will easily stay up and so the drawcord can be considered a ‘nice to have’ rather than an essential. This was also save you some time!
I really hope you enjoyed this make! I’ve realised that it’s been so long since I sat down at my sewing machine and actually made something for me, this has been just the spark I needed to tackle my ‘to-sew’ list! If you’re also a fan of the warm autumn wear, let me know your favourite makes in the comments.