Our middle daughter has been coming to stay on the weekends and this past weekend she had Friday off making it a three day weekend for her. On Thursday morning, she texted me to say that time had gotten away from her and she hadn’t been able to pack that morning and wouldn’t have time to go home after work, pack and still make it to her bus on time, so she would be coming with the clothes on her back.
We decided we would hit the thrift stores on Friday to shop for jeans/shorts and t-shirts to wear for the weekend. But then later in the morning, I realized that she’d need some pjs for Thursday night. So I looked through my pattern box and came up with this old McCall’s pattern.
The pattern is circa 1983. I used it to make the housecoat to wear on Dave’s and my honeymoon trip to Hawaii. And it was used again to make housecoats for each of our girls the year they went off to university in Canada. I’d never used the pants pattern from it but it only took a few minutes to cut out.
Then I searched through the drawer in my fabric dresser where I keep the thrifted sheets I’ve bought over the years and found a vintage single sheet that had been washed to a wonderful softness just right for making comfy pj pants.
A couple of hours later and these were almost ready for her to wear.
All they needed was to have the elastic adjusted to fit her waist and then the casing sewn closed.
There was even enough of the sheet left over to make her a pair of pj shorts.
I only had enough 1 inch elastic for the pants, so for the shorts, I sewed a double casing channel and used two lengths of 1/2″ elastic. Both sets were finished well before bedtime on Thursday evening.
She even agreed to model them: