When I was little, one my favorite things to do was spend the night at my grandparent's house. Grandma never made us finish all our dinner in order to have dessert, always had our favorite--and forbidden--sugar laden cereals on hand, and she always rented a video for us to watch. This video was usually a musical (as Grandma has a fondness/weakness) for the genre. We'd change into our jammies, make some popcorn, and snuggle up on the couch to watch. Grandma always sang along with the tunes (rather well, I'd add). One of my favorites was The Pajama Game starring Doris Day as saucy factory line worker and union leader Babe Williams and John Raitt as newly hired plant manager Sid Sorokin. Undoubtedly, I didn't understand the sexual politics of the movie at the time--I just loved the fact that they sang and dance; I wanted then--and still do now!--to live a life where I/the world around me spontaneously burst into song! An oh! The song! "Hernando's Hideway," "The Pajama Game," "Steam Heat," "There Once was a Man,"and "Hey There (You with the Stars in Your Eyes)"...
Love it! And I LOVE pajamas!
Seriously... I spend 99% of my life (as I currently work from home) in what I've taken to calling "lounge pants"--inevitably, this term is met with a roll of Mr. Retro's eyes and sigh that clearly says, "Dude, who are you kidding? They're JAMMIES!" But I digress, friends...
I knew when Karen over at Did You Make That? decided to host a Pajama Party Sew Along I was so IN! I chose a "vintage" 1980s McCall's pattern (can we really call the 1980s vintage at this point? I mean seriously... I grew up in the 1980s!) and altered it a bit as originally the waist looked like this:
And the crotch looked kind of like this:
And that was just not going to fly. So I had to cut off about 2 1/2 inches at the top to get the waist to sit right and the crotch--lovingly termed "penguin crotch" by Mr. Retro--to hang correctly. Thankfully, this did not effect the leg length. Apparently, the fashion formula for1980s PJ pants was thus: Urkel waist + Hammer/penguin crotch + Andre the Giant legs! Seriously--pre-alteration the legs on these pants were about a foot and half too long!
But I digress--here's me in my jammies!
|Serged seams! Properly measured cuffs!|
|Careflly sewn waistband...|
|A Crotch shot--I'm really proud that I managed to serge this!|