Yes, these are technically 1930s beach pajamas, but during the photo shoot for this post they turned into rain storm pajamas.
It was sprinkling a little the day of the shoot, but photos needed to happen nonetheless. I planned on going to a lake nearby because, sadly, there is no actual beach in Missouri on which I could actual model these beach pajamas. However, when Jacob and I got there, the rain did not let up as I thought it would; it turned into a thunderstorm. Then into a severe storm. Then the tornado sirens started going off.
So… as a true Midwesterner, I checked for funnel clouds and a green sky, and seeing none… I finished the photo shoot. Under a pavilion near the lake.
Perhaps these aren't the best photos I've ever taken, but considering it was done during a severe storm, they aren't so bad are they?! The blog must go on!
Anyway, to the pattern details! I created these pajamas from the Wearing History "Lounging at the Lido" e-pattern. There are a LOT of pages to print out for this e-pattern (due to those ginormously, fabulously wide pants pieces!), but the e-patterns are a cost-effective way to get Wearing History style into your closet. Here are my thoughts on the project and details you may find useful if you want to try it out yourself:
Skills You Need to Know Before You Start
Fit and Ease of the Pattern
The fit of this pattern is a pretty typical, baggy 30s fit. I sized down on the bodice, as I often do with 30s and 40s patterns. I used the 30" bust bodice pattern, but I graded it to the next size up near the hip area at the bottom. This fit worked well for my measurements (32"-24"-35").
The pattern also recommended checking the armscye depth, and I completely agree with that advice! The fit on this pattern is pretty snug around the arm, so I highly recommend measuring the pattern and adjusting before cutting your fashion fabric. Lastly, this pattern seems petite. I didn't have to change the length of anything on a combo of the two smallest sizes, and I'm 5' tall. I didn't shorten the pants pieces or anything, so unless you are also petite, you may find it useful to check this first.
Things I Changed
To find out all the details of this awesome hat, check out my previous post!
Unclear Things/ Tricky things
There isn't a whole lot of instruction with the pattern and no diagrams, so I'd suggest having help if you're a beginner. (However, if you've sewn a bit before, especially pants, you shouldn't have a problem.) It's pretty straightforward!
I struggled with the back point where the bodice and trousers meet. I tried it a couple times and still had a bit of a wrinkle in the seam where I couldn't get the two bodice pieces and trouser pieces to line up quite right. However… I have trouble with points, admittedly, and the addition of two sides of a bodice to line up was apparently a bit much for my skills!
Moments of Pride in This Project
I sewed the front point where the bodice and trousers meet really well! I'm quite proud of that actually. Also, I'm glad my pattern grading worked in fitting my hips better than the smallest size would have. There's no shame in sizing up! A good fit is better than claiming a smaller size that doesn't look right.
Moments of... Eh, I'll Do Better Next Time...
I love this pattern! As with every other Wearing History pattern I've tried, this one is great. I'm looking forward to trying it in different fabrics for different occasions. I may not have much call for more beach pajamas (although this is going to be great summer wear!), but a version of these made up in something silky or soft like a jersey would be fantastic for hanging out in the house. It's quick to make up, too. (It took me two evenings to do everything.)
Here is a summary of the pattern details and things I changed:
Fabric: vintage cotton and navy cotton sateen
Pattern: Wearing History "Lounging at the Lido" e-Pattern
How historically accurate is it? Honestly, I think it's accurate, but I'm not super up on 1930s beach pajama construction. I know they had plastic buttons and cotton back then, so I'm thinking it's pretty accurate.
Any tricky parts to the pattern? I talk about this more above, but point on the back of the bodice was the hardest part for me.
Did you change anything? I just graded the bodice top from the 30" bust size to the 35" hip size at the bottom.
Time to complete: two evenings
First worn: 29 May 2015
Total cost: I got the pattern with the coupon code I won from Wearing History in a photo contest. The fabric was gifted to me and from my stash, and the cotton sateen was about $30 for four yards.Notes: I've gone into great detail above! I like this pattern!
Have any of you tried out this pattern or know someone who has? Please add the link and lets help future sewists have a database of good info and pictures of this pattern!
Other versions of this pattern:
Girl with the Star-Spangled Heart - version 1 and 2