Sewing Adventures: Baseball Singlet as pyjamas

By Susan | Comments: 6 | August 13, 2014


I really like pretty pyjamas, and yet I don’t own any? This hasn’t really bothered me until lately and I realised how bad my pj’s had gotten. I kept saying oh I’ll buy some and then never finding ones I liked or walking away from the store thinking I can make that. So I rummaged in the stash and found this cute knit I had picked up from The Remnant Warehouse.

In my quest for prettier nightwear I’m using the Baseball Singlet from the Basics Collection.

Basics collection_ baseball singlet

Made up as per the instructions. I experimented with a different kind of decorative stretch stitch my machine has. No reason other than I was curious to see how it would work and I thought it was fun.

Baseball  singlet

For  the hem, armholes and neckline I didn’t overlock/serge the edges like I normally would as the fabric is quite fine. Instead I made sure the decorative stitch was catching the turned under amount and finishing it all for me in one go.

baseball singlet interior

It worked really well, especially on the curved hem. It’s a great way to finish fine knits, all you need to do is experiment with the stitch types and lengths. Oh and press the hem well before stitching so you can get the stitching in a nice straight line.

I love being able to make these simple things that honestly I used to buy and always felt bad because they were so cheap and after a few washes just look horrible. Now I can use up prints in the stash or keep an eye out for cute knits and have a bit of fun experimenting with them.

It would be a nice introduction to anyone wanting to sew knit fabrics as there are few seams and a variety of finishes to choose from. For more experienced sewers it’s a great quick make with loads of satisfaction in being able to whip something up and then move onto the next project.

I hope everyone else enjoys making them as much as I do.

Am already thinking a pair of The Mary Knickers in the same fabric would make an awesome matchy matchy set and perhaps the perfect summer pyjamas?


  • Claire
    August 13, 2014

    Things I must try and make! Can’t wait. How cute would these be for Christmas gifts… so I should start soon. And knickers, they would be good for stocking stuffers.

  • Claire
    August 14, 2014

    This looks easy enough for me to try but so effective. I’m thinking of PJs as a Christmas gift… and perhaps knickers as Christmas gifts. How cute would that be in a co-ordinated drawstring lingerie bag. Better start now… although I didn’t say it was for THIS Christmas.

    • Susan Goodwin
      August 14, 2014

      Christmas pj sets would be awesome and as you say it doesn’t have to be for THIS Christmas!

  • Catherine
    August 14, 2014

    That’s such a cute idea! Every summer I look at my pjs and their so not attractive and then I go and buy more… But perhaps I can make some! Yay!

    • Susan Goodwin
      August 15, 2014

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who looks at their pj’s and wishes they were nicer. I think some cute fabrics in simple shapes will make for great pyjamas.

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