McCall’s 6848 silk summer shorts pajama


McCall’s 6848 in silk. View C, size small.mccalls-6848_large

I cut out the fabric for these pajamas back in May before my sewing hiatus. I finally sewed these up and they’re the first thing I’ve sewn for myself since early May. That’s the longest I’ve gone without sewing for myself in 6 years!

These were an easy and satisfying make and I was also glad to use some of this silk I bought over a year ago. I could never figure out what to sew with it. I’m sure many of you can think of much better ways to make use of silk like this and now that I think of it, maybe I should have saved if for something more snazzy than simple PJ’s. But the lightweight silk crepe fabric was only five dollars a yard so what the heck, right? Now I have something really amazing feeling to sleep in.m6848,2

I could tell just by looking at the pattern that it had a ton of ease so I went ahead and cut out a size small which fits perfectly for pajamas. I was hoping I might be able to wear the top with something else, but it’s too boxy for me and the cut on sleeves are a bit too wide for me.

I’m holding the book Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. I sped through this well written, witty, but also romantic social satire about Hollywood spanning five decades in about four days. I loved it.

I sewed French seams on both pieces and the shorts have a simple elastic waistband.



Both the top and shorts have curved hems. The top has a bias bound neckline, too. A classy touch.m6848,4My hand is blocking the short’s sides here, but they have  high slits, giving these sleep shorts a little spiciness.

I’d like to make another pair, but with the tank top version instead. I can’t imagine sleeping in the romper version. The confusion I might have taking it off to go to the bathroom in the middle of night! But it would make a cute beach coverup, wouldn’t it?

Pattern Description:
Loungewear pajama with romper view and top and shorts. I chose the top with cut on sleeve.
Pattern Sizing:
It was recommended I cut a medium for my measurement. I cut a small and there is plenty of ease still.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
A little
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, very easy but there is no info on how to finish seams. I used French seams.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
So simple to sew up!
Fabric Used:
A lightweight silk crepe.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
None, I just sized down.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, in the tank top version.
Very comfy and easy to make!





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  1. Angela says

    I made the romper out of seersucker, with a ribbon waist tie. It was HUUUUGE. Since it was so huge, it was really easy to pull down to use the facilities. Love your set!

  2. learningnewtricks says

    I think your PJs were the best choice for the fabric. The print would be way too busy for me to wear out in public — that’s just my thought. Lightweight silk is so decadent for sleepwear and such a wonderful extravagance to wear at night. I made a bunch of cotton PJ shorts for my daughter, but they didn’t have the luxurious feeling of your shorts. My mother used to save everything for a special occasion and missed out on using them before she passed away. So, my motto is to don’t save everything for special occasions and splurge on yourself whenever possible– even if it is for sleepwear!

  3. says

    Justine, I think you made a great choice, using your silk for the pj’s. So pretty.. Happy sewing.

  4. karen lyon says

    Learningnewtricks is right. Use the fabric in the way that appeals to you. How many times have we put a preferred piece of fabric aside because we wanted it for something “special”. The stash keeps growing (and some fabric seems dated). Those fabric specials are still languishing, years after you bought it. Your pj’s are lovely, and I hope the silk helps to keep you cooler in these hot nights. Great choice.

  5. says

    I agree with all of the above comments. It’s like fine china, only used for special occasions. I use my china whenever I have my daughter and her family over for dinner. And yes, I have fabrics I paid a pretty penny for, yet have not sewn it, saving it for something special. I applaud your choice both in pattern and fabric, Justine. And I am going to pull out one of my “special” fabrics to make something unique for myself. Tomorrow. Your pj’s are lovely as are all of your creations. Good to have you back!

  6. says

    Lovely pajamas! No reason not to use your nice fabric for loungewear, you probably wear those more than you would any other item. So why not make them out of nice fabric.