Hello peeps. Today, I’m proud to announce my first PDF pattern – pajama pants for women. And it’s free! If you’re new to this blog, simply subscribe to my blog (mosey over to the right sidebar if you’re on a desktop/laptop or scroll to the bottom if you’re on mobile), and you’ll get the PDF pattern and instructions in my Welcome email.
For the longest time, I’ve been on the hunt for a free PJ pants pattern because I’m cheap and hate spending money. There are many generous sewists who have designed unisex pajama pants patterns and offer it for free. Their patterns are designed to be loose and baggy to accommodate all genders and sizes.
As comfy as these patterns are, I wanted something that’s flattering to a women’s body and similar to lounge pants I’d find at a retail store. After scouring the interweb for months without success, I said to myself, “Someone should really make a free PJ pants pattern just for women.” So I did it, and here it is.
Here are some features I’d like to highlight in this pattern.
The tapered leg
I drove my pattern maker crazy trying to get the tapered leg just right. This was the first step in designing lounge pants that weren’t baggy. Drawing a straight line from the crotch to the hem wasn’t going to cut it. If you take a good look at the pattern, you’ll see the inside leg seams curve inwards at the thigh and gently drop to the hem. It took us 5 tries to get a perfect curve that got rid of excess bagginess while still providing comfortable ease.
A flattering rise
To elongate the front torso and allow for full coverage in the back, I made the back rise higher than the front. In the first version, I made them even, and they had the look and feel of mom jeans. Not a good look. This difference in rise is much more fashion-forward.
Check out your ready to wear pants, and you’ll see a similar difference.
Easy to sew with just one pattern piece
Looking for an instant gratification project? With just one pattern piece, these pants sew up fast because there’s less cutting and sewing. The pattern is basically half a front and half a back combined together. New to sewing? This is a great pattern for the beginner sewer.
Retail sizing XS – XXL
I find the sizing on most sewing patterns perplexing. What can’t they copy the retail sizing I’m used to?
This is the size chart I used to design the pajama pants based on samples from a variety of big box stores. Yes, I actually went to a bunch of stores to get measurements. Many sales ladies looked at me funny because they couldn’ figure out what the heck I was doing with all those pants.
Here are the finished garment measurements.
Double-check the size chart against your measurements. Rule of thumb – if you’re used to buying a certain size at a big box store, our corresponding size should be very close.
One pdf for letter and A4 printing
My pattern maker is one smart lady – she designed the pdf to work for both letter and A4 printing. The PDF pattern only takes 22 pages to print.
Designed for comfort
Fit and comfort go hand in hand with these pajama pants. The elastic waistband provides ultimate comfort for a lazy weekend at home binge-watching Netflix. There are no drawstrings to get in your way.
Fun with fabrics
After sewing a million samples in different fabrics, I found that lightweight woven fabrics work best. The slinkier the fabric, the closer it fits your body. Avoid thick, stiff or heavy fabrics because they don’t drape well and bulk up at the waist.
I found this project to be the perfect excuse to buy novelty fabrics at the fabric store. As much as I love the colors and thematic patterns of novelty fabrics, I never bought them as I couldn’t see myself wearing them at work. But in the comfort of my own home, I can get wild and crazy with fabric.
I hope you enjoy this free pajama pants pattern. If you make a pair, would you consider buying me a coffee? I hired a professional pattern maker for these pants to guarantee a perfect fit. Also, I’d love to offer more free patterns (I have a TON of ideas I want to put out there, like a matching top for these bottoms). I made this pattern free because I want to give back to the sewing community. I find so much joy and inspiration from the makes you share.
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