Nightwear Set – Cami Top and Pajama Shorts (Sewing tutorial)

pajama shorts nightwear set sewing tutorial

A simple Cami Nightwear Set with a cami top and simple knickers in soft and silky satin = Comfortable and peaceful sleep

Here is how to sew this set.

Take measurements around the bust, waist and hip.

How to sew the cami top

Step 1 

Cut out the front and back bodice pieces.

For this fold two fabric pieces of length of the top plus 2 inches and mark as in the picture below.

Cut out the bodice for back and front with the pattern

Step 2 

Cut out bias tape. You need 2 long bias strips measuring 50 inches long – these serve as the binding for the armhole as well as the tying straps for your top.

You can check out the post on making bias tape here. If you do not have enough length, join the pieces diagonally as follows. Cut out the seam allowance and press the seam allowance open.

Join bias tape to make enough for the straps and bining the armhole 

Bias tape joined diagonally

Step 3 

Do the hem of the bodices. You have to make a narrow hem along the hem.

To make a narrow hem, first fold the edge to the inside and stitch very close to the folded edge.

Hem the bottom edges

Cut off the extra seam allowance carefully.

Make a narrow hem

Now fold again as narrow as possible and stitch. You get a very narrow hem this way, which suits the curved edge.

Do this for front and back bodices.

Step 4 

Join the side seams.

Join the side edges

Step 5

Sew the top edge. Turn the top edge to the inside 1/4 inch once and then 1/2 inch and stitch in place.

Finish the top edge of back and front

Step 6

Attach the straps. Take the bias tape and press it by the middle.

Fold the whole tape by the middle and start attaching it from the armhole seam.

Use bias tape to bind the armhole

Keep it along the edge and sew. Bind the edge. Check out this post on binding with a bias tape.

keep the bias tape right side down on the amrhole and sew it to the armhole edge

Sew the whole bias tape closed. Do not forget to fold the end edge to the inside

Turn the bias tape to the back

Turn the bias tape to the back and stitch in place. This fixes the strap in place. Do for the two sides.

Make the Pajama Shorts

Step 1 

Cut out the pattern pieces.

Fold two fabric pieces of the length of the shorts plus 5 ” extra by the middle, rightsides to the inside and keep in front of you. First you will be marking the back portion and then cut it out.

pajama shorts - pattern for the back

Mark the back shorts pattern on the top part as per the pattern above.

Open it up.



pajama shorts

The front side is marked as per the pattern given above. Cut it out.

Now mark the front pattern on one side and you have to cut the extra from one side.

cut off the extra from one side of the pattern pajama shorts

Cut 2 such pieces – mirrors of each other

Step 2 

Keep them together rightsides together to the inside and stitch along the crotch.

keep the 2 pieces of the cami set and sew the edges on the left abd right side together

Now turn it rightside outside and bring the crotch seam to the middle.

Bring the seam to the middle

Step 3

Join the leg inseam.

Step 4 

Sew hem and waistband casing. When you sew waistband casing remember to leave 1 inch unstitched – to insert elastic.

Bring the top edge down - make a casing at the top

Step 5 

Cut 1/2 inch elastic 3 inches less than your waist round. Insert this elastic through the casing at the waist.

insert the elastic through the casing

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Author: Sarina Tariq

Hi, I love sewing, fabric, fashion, embroidery, doing easy DIY projects and then writing about them. Hope you have fun learning from sewguide as much as I do. If you find any mistakes here, please point it out in the comments.

14 thoughts on “Nightwear Set – Cami Top and Pajama Shorts (Sewing tutorial)”

  1. I find your article very helpful. You just explained all the steps in a very simple way anyone can learn how to sew a nightwear at home by self . We also deal with varieties of night pajamas for women. Hope you find our collection attractive. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  2. Thank you. I try it. But after I cut both front and back, the back pattern is quite bigger the front piece. Which I don’t understand.

  3. Hi Sarina,
    The step below, could you please advise where the 5″ extra is to be left?
    Fold two fabric pieces of the length of the shorts plus 5 ” extra by the middle

    I did attempt these shorts in satin for my daughter and they turned out really well. Thanks so much for sharing the drafts.

    Do you have similar drafts with measurements on your site?

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