These are the Fifi Pyjamas from Tilly And The Buttons. I’ve seen these around and have always thought they were super cute. The description states the pattern is a delicate camisole that is cut on the bias for a flowing shape, soft pleated cups, princess seams in the back, bias binding straps and curved hem elastic shorts. This pattern is actually quite simple, but takes longer than you might think. There are pleats, french seams and self-made bias binding. Put all of that together and you get a really special pair of pajamas.
I’ve made a couple other Tilly patterns: Clemence Skirt, Etta Dress and Marigold Jumpsuit. I should have thought more about the sizing. My measurements are 36-32-41 which puts me in a bust size 4, waist and hips 5. I graded the top pattern from 4 at the top to 5 at the bottom. I didn’t think much about the cupsize since I’m normally a C/D cup and Tilly’s patterns seem to align with B/C cups. That said, my boobs don’t fill the cups – almost, but no. I guess it’s not a huge deal since the pajamas are supposed to be loose fitting to lounge around in.
My favorite thing about this pattern are the french seams. I’ve never sewn them before and was actually dreading it but I love them! If it didn’t take so much extra time, I would sew all my wovens this way because it’s beautiful and makes me feel fancy. I mean, look at this:
I want to add that cutting this out is a little awkward since some of it is on the bias and some isn’t. It’s not difficult or anything, but you just need to pay attention to the cut chart and your grainline on all pieces. You’ll also be making your own bias binding, but don’t fret – it’s actually pretty easy! I’ve made some in the past but typically end up buying it ready-made since it can eat up a lot of your fabric.
For the shorts I made a size 5 with no modifications. It has you measure your middle waist, about 2 inches from your natural waist, and mine was 37″. You’re supposed to deduct 10% and add room for seam allowance but I went with just the 90% result of 33″ and didn’t add the seam allowance since I like my elastic to be a bit tighter. I stitched it on with the recommended zig-zag stitch and the fit is perfect. These are really comfortable!
The fabric is made from a beautiful poplin from Organic Cotton Plus*. It looks like the have sold out of the swallows but they have a lovely dandelion print that would look amazing as an Emery dress. I love how the organic cotton feels on my skin and it’s soft enough for sleep – so yay! I’m all about poplins lately. I know I usually go with a black/white print but this time around I wanted something a bit more demure and girlie since it’s sleepwear. Plus, I always want animals on my clothes!