DIY Shirred Voile Pajama Pants


What you need:

SHIRRED VOILE PAJAMA PANTS
  • 2.5 yards fabric, if you have 54" wide voile, you can possibly get away with just get one yard (I did)
  • 1/2 yard contrast fabric, for waistband and binding on him
  • Elastic thread
  • Thread
  • 1.5" wide elastic
  • Small scrap of fusible interfacing
  • Ribbon to faux tie
  • A pair of well fitting pajama pants to make your pattern

Make a pattern and cut:
{1/2" seam allowance used throughout, unless otherwise noted}
First, we'll take some measurements and make the waistband pieces.  Measure hip to hip and add 1".  Measure around the back side of the fullest part of your body (your hips and butt usually) and add 1".

Make two pattern pieces.
Front waistband will be 6" tall by your hip to hip measurement.
SHIRRED VOILE PAJAMA PANTS

Back waistband will be 6" tall by your fullest body measurement around your butt/hips (measured from hip to hip around the back).

Cut one front waistband (fuse interfacing to wrong side of front waistband) and one back waistband.

SHIRRED VOILE PAJAMA PANTS

SHIRRED VOILE PAJAMA PANTS

Cut two front leg pieces and two back leg pieces by tracing a pair of existing pajama pants or using your favorite commercial pattern.  ** You'll want to make sure that the front waistband piece will fit your front pant pieces, just hold the front waistband piece up to the front pant pieces and make sure they're about the same width.

Cut two hem binding pieces 2.5" tall by the circumference of pant leg + 1".

Cut elastic 1-2" shorter than your back waist measurement.

Sew:


SHIRRED VOILE PAJAMA PANTS
1. Place one front leg and one back leg piece right sides facing.  Sew along outer leg and inseam.  Finish raw edges (I served mine, but you could also do a french seam, zigzag, etc.).  Repeat for other pant leg.

2. Turn one pant leg right side out and slip it into the other pant leg, aligning the inseam seams.  Sew along that 'U' shape.  Finish raw edges.  Turn pants right side out.

Next, take the back waistband piece, using the elastic thread in the bobbin, shirr the entire back waistband piece stitching rows approximately 3/8" apart across the piece.  Using a spritz of water and iron, shrink up the elastic thread, pressing gently on the elastic thread side.  Press in half lengthwise, wrong sides facing.  Set aside.
SHIRRED VOILE PAJAMA PANTS

Take the front waistband piece and fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides facing.  Mark the half way point and on either side make two buttonholes for the tie/ribbon. 
SHIRRED VOILE PAJAMA PANTS

Open up both waist pieces.  Right sides facing, align raw edges of each short side of waistband.  Pin.  Sew.  Now you'll have a waistband loop:

SHIRRED VOILE PAJAMA PANTS

SHIRRED VOILE PAJAMA PANTS

Insert the 1.5" elastic in between the folded back waistband piece.  Polling elastic ends just past the side seam of either side of the waistband, sew "in the ditch" along side seam on either side to hold elastic in place. 
SHIRRED VOILE PAJAMA PANTS

Your wristband will now look like this:
SHIRRED VOILE PAJAMA PANTS

Take pants and slip waistband with buttonholes facing the right side, aligning the raw edge of waistband with top of pants, and aligning side seams of the pants with the side seams of the waistband.   Pin. Sew. You'll need to stretch the back waistband as you're sewing. Finish edges.
SHIRRED VOILE PAJAMA PANTS

Finish pant bottoms by attaching bias tape binding as you would a quilt or other project.  Insert ribbon or fabric ties into buttonholes.  That's it!  Hope that this tutorial can be helpful for someone. 

SHIRRED VOILE PAJAMA PANTS

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