Llama pjamas - Simplicity 8518

I had to buy this llama print fabric when I saw it in John Lewis sale after Christmas!  I had the last 2.5 metres on the bolt for around £10 if I remember rightly.

I also bought a new pyjama bottoms pattern, Simplicity 8518.  Full price! I do think they've been a bit mean putting the men's version in a separate envelope though.

I wanted to try a new pattern after the issues I had with Simplicity 1504. I had made a second pair of these for my sister, reducing the rise a lot, but they still weren't quite right.  I was attracted to the description 'classic slim cut' on the envelope and the fact that it has a button fly.  I don't need a button fly but I think it makes the pyjamas a bit fancier.

My measurements were between the small and medium so I decided to cut a medium. Who wants their pyjamas to be too tight? The fit is a million times better than Simplicity 1504, its like they read my review and fixed everything!

The button fly is really smart and the instructions clear however I realised part way through that they were suggesting way too much interfacing so skipped it on some of the pieces.  Next time I make these I'll interface even less as it gives too much stiffness at the front.

I over sewed the crotch seam to add extra strength.  When I make these again I'll try and add a little length to the back crotch seam to give my bottom slightly more room.

I couldn't get any 1 1/2" inch elastic so had to use 1 inch.  I reduced the size of the casing a little too much so it was a struggle to thread the elastic through.  If I ever come across 1 1/2" elastic I'm going to buy several metres.

I'm so pleased with these, I'll definitely be making another pair!


  1. Super cute. I need to make some new pjs too.

    1. Thanks! I love sewing pyjamas in prints I wouldn’t dare wear out!


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