After getting a rather alarming gas bill for December, I decided to go with an old-fashioned solution – flannel nightwear. No, bear with me.
I’m not talking about winceyette floral sleeping gowns, or the red petticoats they use in the Railway Children to stop a train (much as I love the concept of averting a railway accident armed only with fabric remnants). Just some pyjamas.
I bought 2 metres of this plaid fabric from Fabrics Galore for about a tenner. It was marked as being from Jack Wills, so not only do I have some lovely toasty pyjamas, I also have the smug satisfaction of knowing I saved £49 by making my own, without having to give a penny to a shop that uses the word ‘loungepants’.
Plus, mine have pockets. I used to be sceptical of the value of pockets in pyjamas, and I’m still not 100% sure what you’re supposed to put in there (Your glasses? A biscuit? Some light reading material?) but I like the look of them.
They’re super easy to add, whether you’re using a professional pattern or a self-drafted one like me. I just traced a suitable looking line onto the front pattern piece, then cut out pocket linings from one piece of fabric folded in half.
With the left-overs I made this hot-water bottle cover, another satisfyingly thrifty way of keeping warm. When I was a student I spent a whole winter in Brighton sleeping in a room with no central heating. The only reason I still have fingers and toes is because of the existence of hot-water bottles, so I’m quite attached to them.
There is no shot of me modelling these as I am reluctant to appear on the internet wearing pyjamas, in case I decide to run for Prime Minister sometime in 2032. But here are both items being modelled by my bed, which does a great job for an inanimate object.