Butterick 6296 Classic PJs – Jammin’


Sewist at work – a candid fit-photo in the sewing loft.

It’s time for summer PJs – I’m really really tired of leggings and tees!



I decided to start with a short-sleeved top and long-ish pants.


They’re sewn in Michael Miller ‘Meet Me in the Meadow Spring Bloomers’, a quilting-weight cotton I found on sale at Hancock’s of Paducah.



After my recent angst about Emile, my dress form, and my thoughts of replacing her, I found just I couldn’t do it. I apologized, and we’re still BFFs…

The pants are terrific, so I decided to make a Capri-length pair for street-wear.


I re-used the fabric from a tiered maxi dress that I made in 2015, and have never worn. It was just too much sea life – but I’ve always loved this Tonga Batik from Timeless Treasures Fabrics.


A few sewing notes – this pattern is really well-drafted, so my changes were really for style, not fit.

  • I sewed the top in size 12, and the pants in size 14.
  • I shortened the pink pants by 7 5/8″ inches, and the octopus pants by another 1 3/8″.
  • And I added 1″ to the length of the sleeve.
  • Going for comfort, I left off a couple things: the pockets on the top and the yoke on the back of the pants piece. That yoke is kind of a lost detail anyway, and it might be bunchy below the gathered waistband.
  • The pattern has lots of piping detail, which I addressed by leaving off most of it, too. On the sleeve and pants bands, I used a contrast broadcloth edging instead. I cut 2″ wide bias strips, folded them in half, and attached them the same way the piping would have been sewn.


More PJs are underway –  this is fun, easy sewing.


Bye for now! Coco

21 thoughts on “Butterick 6296 Classic PJs – Jammin’

    1. Thanks, Ruth 🙂 It’s funny, I’ve tried every room in my house for pics, but, of course, the best lighting is in my sewing room! duh. I like real life pictures as well, much more interesting than poses in front of walls 🙂


  1. The PJ’s are very pretty and I agree with Louisa…very street worthy. But I absolutely adore the octopus pants. Was the fabric a recent buy? I went looking for it and could not find it.

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        1. Amazing you found it! I love browsing BugFabric.com – such a variety of cottons. I’ve purchased children’s prints a couple times and things for myself as well. Their sales section is great!


  2. I love your street-worthy pajamas! The faux piping is a great detail. I’ve never understood why pjs need pockets if you’re going to sleep in them. I guess they’re for when you’re lounging and not actually sleeping, huh? Of course I only sleep in oversized vintage t-shirts so what do I know? 🙂

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