Sewing and Designing Sleepwear that is Comfortable

I started making and designing my own sleep wear about 3 years ago and I’ve learned so much about the garment! Most sleepwear is not comfortable for sleeping and I hope my tips help you along this journey.

Tracy McElfresh Making Sleepwear

This was my first summer gown.

My families favorite thing to do is go thrifting. For 3 years I’ve been living a minimalist lifestyle, I only buy things I can make into something functional. This originally was huge maxi dress for $1. You can do that too, it’s great for practicing.

The problem with this gown is when you sleep it all rolls up to your chest and you are sleeping on a speed big bump.

Tracy McElfresh Making Sleepwear

I made a lot of PJ pants and learned that you must buy quality flannel and fabric. If you do not after you make your creation you will be sorry because it will pill. I started only using Robert Kaufman flannel, it’s reasonably priced and washes nice and soft.

I used a 1960s night-gown pattern for this fancy gown. I found the gown is wonderful for hanging around the house in on a cold winter day. It also great for standing over a heater vent. My husband named this gown, “The Iron Curtain.” The problems are it’s too constricting to sleep in. The neck, skirt of the gown and elastic arm casings twist up and are like sleeping with a boa constrictor.

Girl Charlee Fabrics is a great source for thin knits as well as swim knits and some are made here in the USA. Last summer I made these cute little PJs. I traced over my work out clothes thinking that they’re comfortable and would be great for sleeping. I added shirring to the ankles so they could not ride up. After a wearing I realize why PJs that are loose in fit are more comfortable. These are just simply to snug to sleep in.

Tracy McElfresh Making Sleepwear

I also learned to make waffle knit PJs. These are great for wearing around the house but very little crotch ease if you like to sleep with a leg up.

Yesterday I got it right! I used this 1950s Advance pattern that was super fancy and I love the pants. The crotch is much lower than anything made to todays standards. Light, thin cotton is so comfortable.

Behind the Scenes~

Who loves the color red? We do, we do!! That is my little brother and I. He is an amazing costume designer and I’m so proud of him.

Tracy McElfresh Making Sleepwear

Thank you for reading.

Tracy McElfresh

Tracy McElfresh

Tracy McElfresh is the owner of Tracy’s Sewing Studio LLC.
Tracy McElfresh

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