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Pajama Patterns Through the Years

Jun 28, 2019
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This Advance men's pajama pattern from the 1930s features a faced, piped pocket and piped cuffs.

As the owner of a large stash of vintage sewing patterns and someone who still enjoys hunting for treasures, I can attest that vintage men’s pajama patterns are some of the easiest to find and the cheapest to purchase.

There are multiple reasons for this:

• Relative to the number of other men’s patterns printed, a larger number were pajama patterns.

• Pajamas were a popular garment women could sew for the men in their lives.

• Pajama styles have changed little over the last century, so one pattern can be used over and over.

• The contemporary market for vintage pajama men’s patterns is small: Few folks seem to want them.

Where do I find mine? Mainly, they’re available on Etsy and eBay, but they also turn up at thrift stores, flea markets, and estate sales.

Pajamas originated in Southeast Asia and were made popular in the West by…

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  1. user-6149015 July 15th

    I adore the grey flannel with the orange gingham piping, Peter (pretty sure we saw you making that on your Instagram?)
    I’m now on the hunt for some vintage pj patterns for myself, thanks for the inspiration!

  2. user-7410991 July 29th

    Very fun article. I am always looking at vintage patterns and have bought a couple. Vintage men's pajamas might be a good project for me to work on some of my skills like button plackets and collars. Thanks.

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