I tend to be one of those people who is always cold. I frequently sleep in flannel pants and a hoodie. Somehow, the allure of the shorts and cami pajama set keeps getting me. At least I can pair them with my parrot robe!
I already have two sets of shorts and tanks: a crazy butterfly Lakeside set and a dark floral Kwiksew set. For this version, I mix-and-matched the shorts from the Lakeside pattern with a new cami pattern. I can no longer find the link to the cami pattern. I originally got it from sewloft.com or Spit up and Stilettos, but that website has changed and now redirects to Sadi and Sam. According to their Facebook page, that company is no longer supporting their women’s patterns, which seems like a shame. Unfortunately, I can’t find the PDF on my computer anymore to share, either.
For being such a simple set, it took a surprisingly long time to put together. I made my own bias tape, which is used as binding on both the shorts and the tank. The fabric is silky and slippery, so the bias tape is too. Together, this made the yards of binding and straps pretty fiddly to assemble. They are certainly not perfect, but are holding together just fine.
While this set is probably my favorite of the three that I’ve made, I’m not 100% satisfied with it. The cami is a little tight across the back, and the racerback spaghetti straps aren’t the most practical in terms of wearing it with a regular bra (the first time I wore the cami was out in the world under a blazer). So, I ‘m still on the hunt for the perfect cami pattern. The Lakeside tank isn’t quite right for daytime wear. The Kwiksew cami is probably the closest to what I’m looking for, but I want just a plan camisole without the fuss of the lace trim. Next on my list is the uber popular Ogden Cami by True Bias. I even bought some fabric in Chicago to give it a try.
Pattern: Grainline Studio Lakeside Pajama shorts, size 4 and Sewloft Diana Cami
Fabric: ~1 yard polyester remnant from Joann’s
Notions: Self-made bias tape, 1.25″ elastic
Cost: $4.00 fabric + $3.49 elastic + thread from stash = $7.49
Time: 6 hours