How to Design Your Own Pajamas

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How to Design Your Own Pajamas
Mix pajama-inspired tanks and T-shirts with printed bottoms. ( Images)

Wearing a pair of comfortable pyjamas after a long day gives most a sense of calm and relaxation. Retail shops, filled with a variety of pajama prints and patterns, may not always carry a particular look you desire. Most bottom silhouettes have a straight leg cut with an adjustable drawstring waist or elastic band. Tops vary with button front long sleeve versions or pajama-inspired tanks and T-shirts. Design different versions in a design graphic software program by altering a basic pajama shape, referred to as a croquis. Most designers save croquis silhouettes in separate computer folders to avoid redrawing silhouette outlines.

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Things you need

  • Top outline
  • Design software program
  • Personal computer
  • Bottom outline
  • Scanner
  • Pattern swatches
  • Trim swatches

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  1. 1

    Draw the preferred top silhouette outline for the pajama in the design software's image pad. This area normally appears as a black screen when the program opens. For example, if you are making a printed top for fall and winter, activate the line tool by clicking the appropriate button and outline a long sleeve top. Add a collar and button front opening, called a placket. Do not add any seams, trim or pocket details within the top croquis body.

  2. 2

    Repeat Step 1 by drawing a bottom silhouette. For example, draw a wide leg for comfort and ease while sleeping, Adjust the hip and waist to accommodate the wide leg. Do not add waistband, seams, pockets or trim details.

  3. 3

    Frame the top and bottom separately by clicking on the frame tool to save the croquis silhouettes in the design program's files.

  4. 4

    Draw in the seam details by clicking on the line or curve tool. The line tool generally makes vertical, diagonal and horizontal lines, also including a freehand drawing option. The curve tool includes the same elements using curved line shapes. For example, to add a shaped armhole to the top silhouette, select a specific point on the sleeve with your cursor and drag the line to the next desired point. You can continue shaping the line by dragging the cursor.

  5. 5

    Continue to add details to the top silhouette such as pockets or contrast piping inserts along the collar and sleeve cuffs. As another design option, add an embellishment like an embroidery design. You can also change the sleeve shape. For instance, design a long sleeve knit top as part of the pajama set. Add a puffed sleeve, which refers to excess fabric gathered at the sleeve cap or a dolman shape, referring to sleeves shaped with the front and back panel and avoiding an armhole. Save each design version in your design program file.

    How to Design Your Own Pajamas
    Add trims details to a printed pattern pajama top. (NA/ Images)
  6. 6

    Repeat Steps 4 and 5 with the bottom silhouette. Add an elastic waistband or an adjustable drawstring. You can also add side seam pockets as well as embroidery.

  7. 7

    Scan pattern swatches and trims into the design program. This allows you to frame the trim and drop it into the pajama silhouettes for a clear view of what your design looks like when constructed. Most design programs include a pattern drop tool. Once the item scans, frame the trim and click on the drop tool to activate. Drag the trim into the design area and drop into the desired location. Always re-save your work in separate files to avoid overwriting the basic croquis.

  8. 8

    Click on the colour tool. If you are designing solid colour pyjamas, choose a colour from the design program closely matching your fabric swatch colour. Drop the selected colour within the silhouette. Most programs include a built-in colour system with RGB bars or sliders. This feature allows the user to increase or decrease the level of red, green and blue colour percentages for accurate colour matching. Re-save the finished pajama sketch.

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