The first time I saw this pattern I knew I wanted to have at least one silk set and one cotton set. I am always hot at night but like to wear pants instead of gowns.
I selected white silk charmeuse from Gorgeous Fabrics to go with stashed red silk charmeuse (also from Gorgeous Fabrics) as the pattern envelope looked pretty good as sewn. Then I changed my mind and used blue flannel backed satin because honestly I’ve never sewn charmeuse and I felt somewhat intimidated! The satin seemed easier and comfy and I’m hoping not too hot!
I cut the contrast bands from the white silk charmeuse (of which I only have 2 yards remaining but many ideas.)
I didn’t have enough satin to cut the yoke twice so I used the white charmeuse on the inside yoke as well. I found the inside yoke a bit difficult to pull off with only 1/4” to work with, but it came out nice looking after giving it a lot of attention.
I also made a quick muslin of the pant and decided to remove 3.5” from both the front and the back. The finished pant has a front rise of 10” and back rise of 13.25” which is just perfect for me.
The finished top does slide backward slightly so I should have also made a forward shoulder adjustment but that is my fault not the pattern.
I can’t figure out where I went wrong but the contrast band on the top was about 1/2” too long. You might double check that by walking the seams if you sew this pattern. The contrast band on the pants were fine.
Speaking of the pants. The instructions say to turn down the casing over the elastic, use a zipper foot to sew, then stitch in the ditch of the side, front and back seams to tack down the elastic. I didn’t trust this so I quartered the elastic and tacked in the ditch before turning down the casing. I just wanted to note it here to remind myself to do this again because it worked well! I’m very pleased.
In all, this is a great pattern and I’ll sew it again and again. It is interesting (read: time consuming!) to use 1/4” seam allowances on this type of thing but it was a good introduction to silkies.
The perfect compromise between pajamas and a nightgown!