There’s not a lot I miss about the pandemic, but I do love the abundance of cute sleep and loungewear sets that ruled fashion for a few years. Looking cute and keeping comfortable is definitely my ideal combination. Luckily, the Florin Sleepwear Set is our latest free pattern and perfect for getting a gorgeous night’s rest, cuddling with your furry friend, or playing a cozy video game! Make it out of our ultra-soft Cyrus or bamboo jerseys for a luxuriously comfortable wear. Grab your favorite hot drink and practice some self-care by sewing the Florin Set!
For the entirety of this pattern, 3/8″ seam allowances are included. For best results, stitch with a serger. If you don’t have a serger on hand, use an overlock foot or pinking shears to finish. When stitching, try and keep the layers flat throughout without stretching them. I sewed this pattern at a 3.0 stitch. For more information and some tips on sewing stretch fabrics, check out our free download.
Print, tape, and cut out your pattern pieces out of your chosen fabric.
Sew the front bodice to the back bodice at the side seams.
Sew the straps together at the side seams.
Sew two gathering stitches at both ends of the side seams. I prefer to sew a gathering stitch on either side of the seam allowance so the gathers stay nice and secure.
Gather your strap to match the notches on your front and back bodice. Sandwich the straps between your bodice and your facing pieces. Pin and stitch, making sure the fabric lays flat throughout.
Optional: You can self-line the bodice if you prefer to work with more fabric. For additional bounce and gathers, sew a strip of elastic or elastin within this stitch.
Turn, press, and remove your gathering stitches. Now, it’s time to press and stitch your hem. Jersey can be challenging to hem, so take it slow, press, and pin more than you think. For an easy option, you can also use a rolled hem foot, if you have it on hand. Once you’ve sewn your hem, it’s time to move onto the shorts!
Sew two gathering stitches at the top of your ruffle. Gather and pin to the shorts piece, clipping each corner. Sew, going slow and making sure no extra fabric is caught while you stitch.
Press the ruffle and remove your gathering stitches. Pin and stitch each inseam.
Stitch the crotch seam, which will be a giant “U” bringing each pant leg together. Make sure your notches and inseam matches, as the pattern will bunch if they don’t.
Once sitched, it’s time to fold your waistband. Follow the guides on your pattern and keep a ruler or hem gauge nearby to make sure your waistband is nice and neat.
While creating the waistband is the same, you have two options to finish it. You can either create an elastic waistband or create a drawstring waist. I found it easier to do an elastic waist in this instance.
To create the drawstring waist, make a strap from your drawstring pattern piece. Before folding your waistband down, stitch the two buttonholes as marked on your guide. The drawstring pattern is 1/2″ in width, so your buttonholes should be about 5/8″ to accommodate the drawstring. If you find you need extra stability to stitch them, you can put a stabilizing interfacing under each buttonhole, and then cut away the excess. Finally, fold and topstitch the waistband casing as normal, and then thread the drawstring through the buttonholes.
For everyone sewing with an elastic waist, topstitch the waistband, leaving a small opening to thread the elastic through. Measure your waist measurement, take 2″ off, and thread the elastic through the casing. Stitch the elastic together, and then slip-stitch your waistband shut.
Now it’s time to sew a rolled hem on either pant leg. I used a rolled hem foot here, and it can definitely help. However, you can also sew the hem the exact same way we finished the tank top hem. Once hemmed, put on your new set of jammies and tuck in for a night of self-care!