The Tofino Pants by Sewaholic are comfortable yet pretty pyjama pants for lounging at home. They make a quick and easy sewing project and can be finished within an afternoon (skill level: advanced beginner).
A few months ago, I found cotton flannel fabric on sale and decided to sew comfy pyjama pants. The fabric was perfect but I was still on the hunt for a suitable sewing pattern. After comparing several patterns, I picked the Tofino Pants by Sewaholic. I love Tasia’s sewing patterns (see Rae Skirt) and the Tofino Pants looked super comfy and more fitted than some of the other pyjama pants I’ve looked at. They are wide-legged pants but I wasn’t looking for skinny pants so that was fine. They are supposed to be medium-rise pants that are cut loosely for comfort without being saggy or oversized. The rise is cut higher in the back and lower in the front so it’s more comfortable for sitting. In my opinion, the rise on these pants is just about perfect. At the waistline, there’s both elastic in the casing and a fabric tie belt to customize the fit. PLEASE keep in mind that you might need to make some alterations to the pattern to achieve a good fit. Without adjustments, the pants were too baggy and too wide for my body shape (I’ll get to that later!).
You’ve got the choice between full-length pants or knee-length shorts. I went with the full-length version because I really wanted a pair of cosy winter pants (I will make the knee-length shorts for summer!). By the way, I didn’t bother to get any contrast fabric since I’ve decided to make the tie belt using matching fabric and to skip the piping altogether. Tasia’s sewing instructions are great and the pants are fairly straightforward to sew (skill level: advanced beginner). Don’t worry if you need a little extra help with your Tofino Pants. Karen of Did you make that? did a Tofino Pants sew-along with fantastic instructions and photos. It is very thorough and even beginners should be able to manage (so make sure to check it out!).
Now, let’s talk about the things you SHOULDN’T DO when sewing these pyjama pants (cause I messed up big times!). I sewed a size 0 and made no alterations although my hips are two inches smaller than the body measurements provided by Sewaholic. I thought it would be fine (mainly because they were supposed to be comfy pyjama pants anyway!). Nope. BIG mistake. The pants were HUGE (several people asked me who I made them for!). I really really really should have looked at some pattern reviews BEFORE starting to sew OR at least read the instructions more carefully (duh!). All Sewaholic patterns are designed for the pear-shaped woman. Guess what, I’m not pear-shaped but for some reason I thought I could get away with it (ha ha ha!). For the record, I couldn’t (silly me!). Oh well, too late. I ended up giving the blue pyjama pants (see below) to a friend and made another pair for myself (keep reading!).
For my next Tofino Pants, I used super cosy floral pink flannel (I bought it on sale on Craftsy!). I reduced the leg width by changing the back and side panel pieces of the pattern. Although I do like the extra detail of having a tie belt or ribbon at the waistline, I skipped the tie belt and just used elastic at the waist instead (I find it more comfy!). I considered adding the piping and possibly a pocket but skipped them too since I didn’t have much time and wanted to finish the pants quickly. They fit much better than the first pair of pants but they are still a little too big for my personal taste (I just realized that you can’t really see the size difference in the pictures but the floral pair is smaller!). Having said that, I still like them and they are sooo comfortable to wear. Next, I am planning to sew up a Renfrew Top (also by Sewaholic) to wear with the Tofino Pants since I want a complete cosy loungewear outfit to sleep in. Happy Sewing!