Back in June, I decided I was tired of my ratty pajama pants and Jordan was tired of me borrowing his flannel pairs (in my defense, I did sew them for him) and it was time for me to make some things to sleep in.
Pattern changes: I sewed a size 42/44 which corresponds to my upper bust measurement. From there, I made a dartless FBA. To grade up the hip / thigh area into the 48/50 range I needed, I decided to just make a ‘wide hip’ adjustment by slicing up the center and across the waist. From there, I pulled out the lower side seam segment 3cm on the front and back. Et Voila: It’s big enough for me.
I found / find the neck collar stood pretty far away from my body. So, for the next sleep set, I made a high rounded back alteration. This gave me more length over my upper back and didn’t leave me feeling like I was choking.
I’ve now been wearing these about six months, so please excuse the stains (hair or food oil I’m thinking) and general wear. I have to say that an even larger rounded / full back alteration is needed. You can see above how it’s just pulling up my back and in some photos, across my sternup.
I ended up releasing the stitching up the center back to try and provide more ease. I need to rethink this top before I sew it a third time. The biceps in Burda have always been narrow for me. The 44 bicep is a 12.25″ and mine measures 15″. But, the dropped sleeve necessitates more room in bicep pattern draft, so I left it as is after a pin fit. I think it has about 1.5″ of ease for me, but would be more comfortable for sleeping with 3″. Sleep Set:
Our new home temps are wild and I’ve been waking up a little warm in the summer (we needed to replace the ceiling fan and do some other mods that better regulate the household temps). I wanted a pair of shorts for the summer, but a nicer top too. Sometimes I just stay in my pajamas and wanted to look a little bit cute.
My shorts are a straight size 50. It’s maybe one size bigger than I needed, but I didn’t’ want the shorts to be constricting. For my second version, I would size down to a 44 which matches my waist, then do a full seat adjustment. What I found for the 50 is that it fit, but the ease was at the side seams and I needed it at the back. I also *think* the Plus patterns have more ease from Burdastyle.
For the top, I used the same shirt pattern as above, but with the high rounded back alteration.
If you are thinking about making this, I might just go ahead with the Plus version of the sleep shirt (1/2017 #122) and make some changes to that. The Plus version is nice because it already has darts, I just didn’t feel like sewing a notched collar.
And does one REALLY need darts in sleepwear? I’d argue no. I don’t sleep in a bra and without one, I measure just fine. But, if we have company, I’m going to have on a bra, and wanted to make sure it would button with one on.