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How We Wear It: Carolyn Pajamas

By Allie

Allie is the co-founder of Indiesew and creator of all things pretty on the site. Follow Allie and receive other Indiesew updates by subscribing to the blog.

Indiesew | How We Wear It: Carolyn Pajamas by Closet Case

During Shirt Month this year, I made a point to finally sew up the Carolyn Pajamas by Closet Case Patterns. For years, I’ve needed an upgrade in my sleepwear. I love the classic look of the Carolyn Pajamas and since the top of this set is technically a button-up shirt, I thought #shirtmonth was the best time to tackle it.

In fact, the Carolyn Pajamas were the only button-up shirt I was able to complete in February, and I’ve been wearing this set (not actually together, more on that below) nonstop since they came off my machine. Between wearing and washing, I haven’t wanted to part with these pajamas long enough to take photos!

So here we are, a month later, and you’ll finally get to see my Shirt Month efforts:

Carolyn Pajamas Sewing Pattern | Available at Indiesew


I sewed View C of the pattern using a nice quality rayon challis and red store-bought piping.

My measurements are 33” bust, 27” waist, 38” hip. I sewed the size 4 top, grading to an 8 at the hips. For the shorts, I sewed a straight size 10 and adjusted the elastic to fit my waist measurement.

Carolyn Pajamas Front and Back | Indiesew



Regarding fit, the top fits really snugly through the shoulders. In the future I would go up a size (maybe two?) so the top is oversized and comfortable to sleep in.

The shorts are super roomy, perfectly comfortable for sleep. The only change I made to the shorts was using 2” elastic for the shorts, and adjusted the waistband accordingly. Next time I plan to grade from a 6 in the waist to a 10 at the hip so there’s less fabric gathered at the waistband.

 Carolyn Pajamas at Indiesew

Like all Closet Case patterns, no details were omitted in this design. I loved sewing the piping, though I need more practice. The front facings create a clean finish. The pockets in the shorts are essential.

The only place where I ran into a bit of trouble was attaching the facings at the shoulder seams. I think next time I’ll draft a back facing to make this a bit cleaner.

Since the top is a bit tight for sleeping, I’ve been wearing it during the day with jeans! I love it tucked into a pair of high waisted jeans. And every time I wear it, I get a ton of compliments. For me, this amount of pattern and color are a huge departure from what I normally wear and it’s fun to see people’s reactions.

Carolyn Pajama Top with Jeans | Indiesew Style




I also think the Carolyn Pajama top will be a great base pattern for some serious hacking. I’d love to make the collar points more angled for a camp-style shirt to wear with jeans.

Carolyn Pajamas | Closet Case Patterns


Overall, I’m super happy with my Carolyn Pajamas. I’m itching to sew View B with some of the mods I listed above. If you need a new pair of pjs, grab a copy of this pattern and a few yards of rayon challis and you’ll have a luxurious set in a few days!

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