These pajamas have been a while in the making. The fabric is hand printed from lino stamps in silver and gold screen printing ink on royal blue cotton and completed back in 2013 (blogged about here). At that time, I concluded that a sleep wear set would likely be the best use. More recently, the sacrificial pink shorts pattern was modified into an elastic waist pattern, and the blouse muslin-ing exercises took care of the top. Two years later, they have finally come to be!
As I was making them, my family rightly pointed out that these go somewhat beyond your typical pajamas. In fact, would posit that they are more in line with Barney Stinson's Suitjamas. I wanted a convertible collar and piping and buttons and a yoke, and so I got them. I'm also going to be doing some pretty extensive travelling over the next year, so I'm happy I will have a more than presentable set of jammies to wear while at hostels, friends' homes and other places. Isn't the ability to sew whatever you want wonderful?
For the piping (and inside yoke), I used a finely printed quilting cotton. The gold tone of the vortexes isn't a true bright, warm yellow colour, but rather a darker greenish yellow instead, so finding something to match was tricky. I then used this method to create a continuous strip of bias tape, which was then wrapped around some chunky yarn to make the piping.
I am happy with the top as well, thought the pattern still needs a few tweaks. The armhole is ok, but should be dropped another 0.5-1", and there's a tiny bit of excess fabric across the upper chest width wise but I'm not 100% sure where it's coming from. The sleeve I ended up with works well, and most importantly, I can cross my arms with ease!