How to Make Comfortable Pyjama Pants from Scratch! Ver.1 (Incl. How to Draw a Pattern) | Sewing Therapy

Hello, Sara here. How’s everyone doing? Today we are going to make pyjama pants! This is another beginner-friendly tutorial. In this version of the pyjama pants, we will start it from the very beginning of drawing a pattern. I’ll be honest that since we have to stay home, I am wearing my pyjama pants at home a lot. If you are like me and want to make your own comfortable pyjama pants, you are in the right place! By the way, Don’t worry, it’s not too hard to draw a pattern. I will go over each step in detail.

I strongly recommend you watch the video if you got stuck along the way.

This tutorial is the simplest version of pyjama pants with an elastic waist and no outseams. I am making a more advanced version with pockets and waist tie. This first version of pyjama pants is a good practice for a beginner either you want to sew something simple or you want a more advanced version of pyjama pants.

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Fabric: I used 1 yard of Doodling linen fabric from Dailylike Canada

This is the sewing machine I used for this video.
Links will be updated, a lot of them are out of stock due to COVID-19.

SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist
Unfortunately, links are not available for now

Brother 1134D
Unfortunately, links are not available for now.

Janome 2030 QDC (Not what I have but pretty close in terms of quality) (Canada)
Not available for now (USA)

Brother Serger DZ1234 (Canada)
Not available for now (USA)

Pattern Paper
For both US and Canada From Two O Nine Fabric Studio

Bias Tape Maker: You can make your own from the fabric in your stash and this tool helps it much easier (You can check how to use it on the video.) Canada

Sewing Clips (Canada)
Sewing Clips (USA)

I bought my flat sewing pins from Korea. The most similar one from amazon would be (Canada) (USA)

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Dailylike Canada
Two O Nine Fabric Studio…

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READY? Let’s get started!

Material: your pyjama pants, pattern paper, 1-1.5 yard of fabric, Elastic

How to draw a pattern (Back)

  • Start from the backside. Roughly trace the pants, extending the rear crotch seam by about 2″ (The back is larger because it includes a hidden part of the derriere)
  • Also extend the waistband area by extending the side and back seam in a straight line.
  • Connect the rough marks
  • Draw the final pattern line 3/8″ (seam allowance) away from the traced lines and 1″ away at the bottom leg hem
  • Use 3/4″ seam allowance on the center back for extra comfiness

How to draw a pattern (Front)

  • Repeat all of the steps from the back pattern but follow actual stitch lines for the inseam
  • Optional) Extend the from crotch seam by about 1″ for extra comfiness
  • Before drawing the final pattern line, make sure the inseams and outseams are the same lengths

How to cut fabric without outseams

  • Place the pattern pieces overlapping the outseams
  • Trace
  • Cut 2 front + back (Mirrored)
  • Cut 1 waistband (width 5″, length: length of your waistband)
  • The measurement of waist x 2 – 1 = waistband (eg. Mine measures 20″, 20 x 2 – 1 = 39″, my waistband is 5″ x 39″)
  1. Sew the Crotch Seams
    Pin and sew the crotch seams RST (right side together)
    Clip the curves
    And serge
  2. Sew the Inseams
    Line up the crotch seams and pin the inseams
    Sew the inseams
    Clip the curves
    And serge
  3. Attach the Waistband
    Sew the short edges RST
    Open the seams
    Fold one long edge 3/8″ towards the wrong side and press
    Mark sides and centers on the waist edge and the waistband
    Slide the pants into the waistband and match the marks
    Pin and sew
    Fold the waistband in half
    The folded edge overlaps the waistband seam
    Mark the opening for elastic on the center
    Stitch in the Ditch or Edgestitch leaving the opening
    Check that there are no missing spots
    Insert the elastic into the opening
    Sew the ends of elastic together (Straight Stitch or Zigzag stitch)
    Optional) I put a tag on in order to indicate this is the back
    close the opening
    Distribute the gathers evenly
    Sew a few locations to prevent the elastic from twisting
  4. Hem
    Make the bottom edges straight and neat
    Serge hem
    Fold 1″ WST (wrong side together)
    Press and sew

And you are done! How was it? I hope this experience of drawing a pattern and making something very useful has been a great one. You can only get better by practicing. By sewing something simple, you will understand the basics of sewing better and will get used to your sewing machine (which I believe very IMPORTANT).

If you want to practice and improve your sewing skills faster, check out the apron tutorial I’ve made as well.

We are going through a tough time. There’s a lot of worries and concerns. However, please remember. We will get through this and being sad won’t change anything. Try to stay positive and always seek for something that can help you with self-development and easing your anxiety or stress.

Thanks for reading! I will see you on the next post!

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