I love me-made PJs because there was always something that was not-quite-perfectly-comfie about RTW PJs. The arms were always too tight or I couldn’t button the bottom buttons, often both things were a problem.
There’s also the classic problem that you never get the same options for fat PJs as straight-size folks get. I like to be able to choose exactly what I like, and to avoid any of those gross poly cotton blends. I do not want to sleep in plastic.
So, the Spinifex PJs are now my go-to sleepwear. Sometimes a full set or sometimes the bottoms with a matching knit top (I like a turtleneck in the winter).
I remember nothing specific about this project from back in July- I think I made a different size in the pants than in the shirt, but I can’t really remember. These slipped directly onto my body and are now in regular rotation in my sleep wardrobe. I’m never going back to buying PJs.
I generally do try and take photos of the things I’ve made before I bring it into serious rotation, but these PJs have been well worn by the time I’m getting around to taking pics!
I actually made this combo in August 2021… so here’s my pics a year late!
The top is a modified Tarlee T-shirt (One of the hack toiles for this top) and the bottoms are the Spinifex PJs bottoms. One of my winter pain points is that my neck gets cold overnight unless I manage to keep my sheets up over my ears (but never covering my nose) all night long. The turtleneck of the Tarlee is perfect for keeping me cosy in bed… and on the couch.
The top is a viscose knit that’s quite stretchy but still hefty and the pants are actually a cotton fabric from the curtain section that’s crisp and smooth like a lawn. Clearly the print on the bottoms (lots of Australian flowers) required red piping and a matching red top.
Although I used to wear non-matching PJs sets, I really like feeling quite put together when I go off to bed- if I had to evacuate in the middle of the night I wouldn’t be embarrassed when the fire folks saved me (and Fifey).
These are my original Spinifex PJs, and I’ve really been enjoying them as night-time wear. Since releasing the pattern, I’ve also made a second sleepwear set with the bottoms from this pattern and a Tarlee T-Shirt turtleneck (because it’s cold in the house in NZ in winter)!
If you want to read more about this project, click here!
I took advantage of an extra-quiet neighbourhood to take some outside pictures of these PJs, and it wasn’t until I was sorting through the pics on my computer that it occurred to me that, actually, these look like they’d make good day-wear!
The PJ bottoms in the Spinifex PJs have a gusset in the middle of the legs which adds comfort and increases your range of movement (but the bum fit ends up looking pretty good on me too). The top comes with cup-size options, but no dart and there’s an ever so-slightly dropped shoulder. Describing it for you, I realise ‘that’s my perfect shirt’!
I haven’t decided yet if I’d make a matching top and bottom for day-time wear, and I have been thinking about how to remove the PJs vibe. I think I’d omit the piping, and increase the size of the pocket (and maybe add a second one?). I’d definitely remove the cuffs, and I’m wondering if I’d change the sleeves (to add a placket, or shorten them) too.
The Spinifex PJs are pattern #21 from Muna and Broad, and they’re available in the standard size range, from a 41.5″ hip to a 71.5″ hip. These classic PJs with an easy-application collar come with dartless cup-size options, a crotch gusset for comfort.
If the Muna and Broad sizes are too small to include you, Leila will grade the pattern up to your size at no additional cost.
On fat luxury sleepwear
I’ve been hoping for/petitioning for Muna and Broad classic PJs for almost as long as Leila and I have been releasing patterns together.
My memories of being excluded from clothing goes back to my childhood, and not being able to shop at the cool PJs shops (like Peter Alexander, because they didn’t offer my size), or being lumped with ugly, ‘mumsy’ looking PJs which were basically ultra-infantalising.
Even now, while some companies might make PJs for my fat body, they’re still making fat fewer options for fatties and they’re often still mumsy, compared to their ‘straight-size’ lines. Don’t get me started on how there’s always so many more knit sets in the fat section (if we’re fat we most love knits, right?)!
Basically, I feel like me spending the time to make these PJs that will fit my fat body (and not require me to keep the bottom two buttons on the shirt undone), is a kind of self-care, a panacea for a life of not having access to the cool PJs that I wanted!
Size details: I made Size F with the 2+ front option (2″ difference between upper and full bust), and I didn’t make any pattern modifications. Although my measurements don’t suggest that I’m a B-cup, I’m more lung than boob, and most of the increase between the two measurements comes from ribs.
My measurements: My current measurements are 43″ high bust, 48″ full bust, 43″ waist (smallest part, close to my underbust), 54″ low hip and I’m 57″ at my roundest point (around my belly). I am relatively short through the body, and have narrow shoulders compared to my other measurements.
Fabric: This Kirsten Katz Jocelyn Proust fabric was on sale at a local big box store, and is actually a cotton curtain fabric, which feels nice in the hand. It was quite nice to sew with, and I got it for a steal at $10 per metre. I had 5 metres of this fabric, and I have a little bit left over, but I also wasn’t very careful with cutting efficiently or trying to match the patterns.
Components: I ordered some piping from Aussie, which unfortunately got lost in the post- I got a partial refund, so no harm done, but it did mean that I had to get some piping cord and make my own piping! I used purple cotton lawn from Fab Fabrics in Auckland. I made a little less than 5 metres of piping and had enough!
I’m already thinking about my second pair of Spinifex PJs, I’ve got colour-blocking on my mind! Maybe colour-blocking with pattern clashing! I’d love to make a silky pair (but I don’t think I’d enjoy the process of working with a slippery silk) but I’m also thinking of a cosy flannel pair for reading on the couch during our cooler months!