Completed: Silk Lakeside PJs

19 Jul

Once you get to the point of having a fully me-made wardrobe (speaking as I write this now in a 100% me-made outfit – including my bra and underwear, HA! I’m not wearing shoes just yet so I can still say that :P), that’s when you start getting to fill in the really fun gaps. For me, that means practical things made out of impractical fabrics. Like silk pajamas. Ooh la la!

Silk Lakeside PJs

I have wanted to make a new set of Lakeside Pajamas for quite a while now, since I really love my original tropical set and have worn them so much they are starting to look pretty beat-up. For the past year, it hasn’t been much of a priority because my basement apartment was WAY too cold to wear something so light and floaty to sleep in (trufax, I wore flannel pjs to bed up until I moved. In June.), but now that I’m ~solo livin’~ and have full control of the a/c (I actually turn it off before I go to bed now, which is the opposite of what most people do BUT WHATEVER I LIVE ALONE AND DO WHAT I WANT), which means light and floaty pjs are totally a go again! I have been wearing the HELL out of those tropical Lakeside PJs and loving them, but like I said, they are starting to look pretty ratty. Also, I wanted to try out this pattern in something that had a softer drape.

Silk Lakeside PJs

Silk Lakeside PJs

I made these over the 4th of July weekend, and part of the reason why I chose silk (other than what I just mentioned) was because I figured the project would keep me occupied for a few days. French seams and silk bias binding are both pretty time-consuming, and I was ready to work on something that would take longer than an afternoon. I dunno what happened – maybe the holiday got me all riled up over my freedom to sew my own clothes – but I definitely finished the entire set in a few hours. I even had time to leave my house and drive out to a party (at my old stompin’ grounds in Kingston Springs, no less) for a few hours, and STILL finish in time to wear these to sleep. To be fair, there are only a few seams on these things – and once you get the hang of the bias binding (which I have sewn so much in my day that now I can practically do it in my sleep), there isn’t really anything time-consuming about sewing them. Of course, they would be even faster in a nice cotton – but SILK. Omg I am so in love.

Silk Lakeside PJs

The silk fabric is a piece that I bought at The Fabric Studio here in Nashville during their closing sale. I snapped up a yard and a half, originally thinking I’d make a button-up shirt with it. It’s a lightweight silk crepe with a little bit of stretch, and absolutely lovely. I was all set to make said shirt with the fabric, until I realized I wasn’t crazy about the shirt pattern I had chosen (obviously no B5526, my spirit pattern :P) and instead decided to enjoy the silk fabric in the form of pajamas. I have no regrets about this whatsoever. I didn’t even realize how nice it is to sleep in fancy PJs until I owned a pair! I feel like I’m floating around the apartment when I wear these.

Silk Lakeside PJs

Silk Lakeside PJs

I think this is my favorite cut for a tank top – floaty and billowy when made in a silk, not cut on the bias (don’t get my wrong – I love bias-cut anything, but it does limit fabric choices as it turns prints on the diagonal *and* can eat up quite a bit of fabric in the process), and with that fun little peek of skin in the back. This top would totally be suitable to wear on it’s own with jeans or shorts, too, which was something I thought about while I was sewing it. That being said, I sleep in this shit pretty much every single night soooo silk-pajama-tank-as-normal-everyday-clothes still hasn’t actually happened yet πŸ™‚

Silk Lakeside PJs

Silk Lakeside PJs

I made the size 0 in both top and bottom (my usual size for Grainline patterns) and the only thing I changed was to shorten the straps as they are a bit long for me (this is pretty typical for spaghetti-straps + me). All the seams – both for the tank and the shorts – are French seams. To sew the binding, I followed the directions in the pattern EXCEPT I reversed the order that you sew from the right side vs the wrong side. I attached the binding to the wrong side first, and then once everything was folded over, I topstitched from the right side. I noticed on my original pair that if you do it in the order that the pattern suggests, it’s hard to get an even line of stitching on the right side – where it shows. By finishing on the right side, I was able to focus on getting my topstitching even and accurate. This was super easy for the top, not as easy for the shorts… but I made it work.

Speaking of change, I also didn’t add any binding to the curved hem of the tank – just the top edge that creates the straps. For the curved hem, I just double turned a 1/4″ seam allowance and topstitched it down. I felt that the hem would lay better without the added bulk and weight of the bias.

Silk Lakeside PJs

Silk Lakeside PJs

Silk Lakeside PJs

Silk Lakeside PJs

The only snafu I hit with modifying the order that I sewed the binding was when it came time to attach it to the side seams of the shorts. I had to improvise to get everything to work out, and while I can’t remember exactly what I did – just pinning things down and looking at them was enough to figure it out. One thing I noticed on my first pair of Lakeside shorts is that the intersection where the front meets the back is a bit weak and has a tendency to fray, so I reinforced the area with a little triangle of stitching. Time will tell if I’ve actually solved that issue or not, haha.

Silk Lakeside PJs

Here is the completed set! I β™₯ my silk PJs πŸ˜€

Silk Lakeside PJs

2 weeks into wearing, and I can confidently say that sleeping in silk IS THE JAM. Despite being basically the opposite of an elegant person, these sure make me feel classy as fuck πŸ˜‰ What about you? Are fancy PJs worth the effort or a waste of expensive fabric?


50 Responses to “Completed: Silk Lakeside PJs”

  1. Heather July 19, 2016 at 8:32 am #

    I wondered if you were flying solo because of your move. Hope you are doing ok!!!! Nice to glimpse your sewing space. Read you all the time. Love everything you make…Heather

    • LLADYBIRD July 19, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

      Yeah, I’ve been flying solo since December πŸ™‚ AND LOVING EVERY MINUTE haha! 2016 has been good to me thus far πŸ™‚

  2. andreabnelson July 19, 2016 at 8:42 am #

    I love these. How do you take your photos? Tripod?

    • LLADYBIRD July 19, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

      I use a tripod and a remote with a self timer πŸ™‚

  3. redflaminghair July 19, 2016 at 8:54 am #

    I love silk! It’s my crush πŸ˜› Your spaghetti straps are beautiful! Do you have a special trick? I feel like mines are always end up too bulky (not nice and flat). 😦

    • LLADYBIRD July 19, 2016 at 1:24 pm #

      Thank you! The straps are actually extensions of the bias tape – so it’s folded and stitched down. Much easier than trying to turn a skinny little tube!

  4. Hélène Martin July 19, 2016 at 9:15 am #

    Those look amazing and are making me reevaluate my life choice of sleeping in ratty tshirts. 😁

    • LLADYBIRD July 19, 2016 at 1:24 pm #

      Try it! You’ll never want to go back to ratty again 😁😁

  5. Johanna July 19, 2016 at 10:10 am #

    This pajama set is fantastic! I am jealous of your light and floaty pjs, as the heat and humidity here in Tallahassee is pretty much grossing me out all the time these days. I have a couple yards of champagne silk crepe de chine leftover from a bridesmaid dress that I want to make sleepwear out of. My first thought was Colette Lisbon, but I started second-guessing recently, because maybe a silk champagne slip is a little too bridal for a single lady. Thinking about a Colette Savannah paired with McCall’s 6629 wrap shorts now. Both of your sets of Lakeside pjs have convinced me that Lakeside is the ultimate pj pattern, but I’m in a work through my stash and scraps situation these days!

    P.S. CHEERS to living alone and doing what you want! [Raises coffee mug.]

    • LLADYBIRD July 19, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

      I dunno, I think a silk champagne slip sounds amazing! But I do like adding a little extra fancy to my day πŸ˜‰

      And, yes, CHEERS!! ❀️

  6. zilredloh July 19, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    Oh man Lauren… now you have me wanting a pair in silk! Darn you girl! lol

    Honestly – I have schemes of making a pair up in a knit fabric with some fold over elastic. πŸ˜€ Maybe silk… one day. heh Yours look so lovely and I bet they’re a dream to sleep in.

    • LLADYBIRD July 19, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

      Well you made me want another pair in a cool print, so I guess we are even 😜

  7. MrsRachelLang July 19, 2016 at 11:30 am #

    Ummm, these are insanely cute and I am going to make them to wear as regular, not nightime clothes.

  8. Deborah Penner July 19, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

    Lovely design and fabric!

  9. Tina Cavaluzzi July 19, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

    you should make some of the Dritz espadrilles then you can have a total me-made outfit!!!

    • LLADYBIRD July 19, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

      Don’t think I haven’t considered it! 😝

  10. vogueandunicorns July 19, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

    I love these! I’m planning on making something really similar in rayon πŸ™‚ Do your pajamas wrinkle a lot? That’s my only concern with my fabric choice, seeing as it’s lightweight and drapey as well πŸ™‚ You did a great job! So professional, as always!

    • LLADYBIRD July 20, 2016 at 7:22 am #

      These don’t wrinkle too much, but I think that might be the stretch in the silk (I have linen pj shorts – also made from this pattern, actually – that do wrinkle after a few hours of wearing them, but it’s not too terribly annoying haha). Making this pattern in rayon would be AMAZING!

      • vogueandunicorns July 20, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

        Ok, thank you so so much! I’m relieved. πŸ™‚ I’ll definitely blog my finished product, too!

  11. Leah Anderson July 19, 2016 at 7:59 pm #

    I freaking love these! Pjs are my favorite thing to sew, but for some reason I do not have the lakeside pattern yet. Gotta get it, looks so comfortable, maybe in rayon?

    • LLADYBIRD July 20, 2016 at 7:22 am #

      I just said this in a previous comment, but rayon would be amazing! It would hang so beautifully and feel sooo good to sleep in πŸ™‚

  12. Lynsey July 20, 2016 at 1:43 am #

    Loving these gorgeous PJs they make me very jealous (sleeping in a old vest, not the best look!) I need me some of these classy ones.

    • LLADYBIRD July 20, 2016 at 7:23 am #

      Make you some! It’s a pretty good feeling to know that you look classy even while you’re being sloppy around the house πŸ˜‰

  13. Nathalie July 20, 2016 at 5:10 am #

    They look amazing! I want a pair myself!

    • LLADYBIRD July 20, 2016 at 7:24 am #

      I highly recommend it! πŸ˜€

  14. Regina July 20, 2016 at 9:23 am #

    Your silky PJs are wonderful and look so comfy! I’ve had my pattern for over a year and have yet to make them; thanks for the motivation to get going on a pair for me!

  15. PsychicKathleen July 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

    It’s so true that we believe silk is for good (meaning too good for just little old US) but when we do indulge ourselves in silk just for US it makes us feel so special and loved. I love your PJ’s and what makes them truly extra special is that you made them for yourself! Your sewing (and pics!) are always provocative and an inspiration πŸ™‚

  16. Akram Taghavi-Burris July 20, 2016 at 3:49 pm #

    What a great set. I like the blue color and interesting print. Skill pjs seam like an advance sewing project, you did such a great job.

  17. Tomasa July 20, 2016 at 7:48 pm #

    What a fabulous pj set! I love the vibrant colors and silk….luxurious!

  18. Judy July 21, 2016 at 12:11 am #

    Classy as fuck is the way to go girl!

  19. Soley Sewing July 21, 2016 at 3:50 am #

    Amazing. I love both sets. Inspired. 😍

  20. Julie July 21, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    Ok, so this doesn’t really go with the post….but I just finished listening to your podcast with Helena. I make myself and my girls undies. Nothing fancy or lacy and they are the best…my girls well wear no store bought and it only takes maayyybeee 30 min a pair with interruptions(I have 4 kids) and that includes cutting them out. They can be fancied up, but we don’t. The pattern is….

    My girls just prefer them to be made with lingerie elastic…just like store bought.

    Jalie also has a pattern that would work too.

    P.S. you do have a tiny bit of an accent. It’s cute. And your voice is nothing like what I expected, but fits you, if you know what I mean. I totally enjoyed the podcast.

    • LLADYBIRD July 21, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

      Awesome! Thank you for the recommendation! I will definitely have to check those out πŸ™‚

      Glad to hear you enjoyed the podcast! It was fun to record πŸ˜€

  21. Debbie July 22, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

    You mentioned you did french seams. Does that include the curved crotch seams? I only know how to do them on straight seams… do you have any tips?

    • LLADYBIRD July 25, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

      Yep, all seams including the curved ones! Sewing a curved French seam is pretty much the same as doing a straight one – the pressing can be a little fiddly due to the curve, but it can be done πŸ™‚

  22. Jessica July 23, 2016 at 9:01 pm #

    Sleeping in silk is the best! Have a silk crepe camisole and silk charmeuse tap pants and they’re awesome to sleep in. Love your set, making me think a matching set in an awesome print might be in order!

  23. Sarah Jane July 24, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

    Those are gorgeous!!!

  24. Naomi July 24, 2016 at 9:49 pm #

    Random comment, however listened to your podcast and next time Katie sends you some Papercut Patterns ask her to send you some of these too – they may solve all your problems (wedgie free) and save you from sewing them!


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