Burda Style 7109 - 1960s Babydoll & Shorts Pj Set


Something a little different for you today on the blog, in the form of vintage pjs in my natural habitat... I've been lusting after the Burda Style 7109 sleepwear pattern for quite some time and I finally picked it up last month during the summer sewing pattern sales.

See what other patterns I picked up in my HUGE sewing pattern haul video below:

Here's a peek at the pattern:
If you weren't already aware, I have my own business My Retro Closet, a vintage inspired lingerie and nightwear store where I design and sew lots of babydolls and other delights inspired by the 1950s and 1960s. So any retro style pjs or lingerie patterns I spy online I like to snap up for inspiration and personal use. The 7109 pattern appealed to me on so many levels!

I opted to sew the babydoll style top (pattern: C) with the matching shorts (pattern: D).
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Between the pattern arriving on my doorstep and having a finished set of pjs, it took about 24 hours! It was during a point in my week where I was stressed out with work and feeling a bit overloaded. So I indulged in some self care in the form of sewing myself some quick, cute and comfy pjs. The 7109 pattern came at the perfect time! I rummaged through my fabric stash and found some gorgeous leopard print polycotton I had left over from a previous project, which lended itself perfectly to pjs. 
You might notice I've tweaked parts of the original pattern. Instead of the recommended lace neck frill, I opted to create ruffles out of my fabric and instead of binding the neckline as instructed in the pattern, I used some satin binding and turned it into a style feature. I just love leopard print and baby pink! 

For the shorts I used the 7109 pattern but I opted not to create the 'bloomer' effect with elasticated legs. I think for my figure it wouldn't be very flattering and I find the free fitting legs far more comfortable and modern. I made no changes to the pattern pieces, elasticated the waist as instructed, but for the leg hems I added more ruffles and topstitched them, to create cute frilly legs!

Sewing Summary:

Notions: Satin binding, mini satin bow, wide waist elastic.

Sewing time: A hour or two!

Modifications: Changes mentioned above.

Fit: Spot on.

Difficulty: Nice and easy, especially with my added style changes.

Watch out for: Getting even frills.

Make Again?: Yes! I see many more of this style in my future!
Overall, the Burda 7109 pattern has gone straight to the top of my favourite sewing patterns. I've been living in the shorts for comfy summer evenings and the full set just feels so nice to wear and ticks all the boxes for me. It's practical and pretty and makes me happy! So if you're a lover of retro style or just super comfy pjs, this pattern is for you.

Will you be trying the 7109 pattern? What's your favourite nightwear sewing pattern?

Thanks for reading, pinups!

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  1. They are lovely! I loved watching your pattern haul video by the way, and am looking forward to seeing the other finished makes.

  2. I love these - I think I'll be trying to source this pattern. I love myself a pair of shortie pyjamas in Summer! The leopard print with the baby pink is inspired! Top marks, Abi! 😉👍

  3. Adorable PJs, I love the leopard fabric. Also, would you consider doing a room tour? Your bedroom looks so dreamy! I love the combination of mint and pink :)

  4. I love these set. It is romantic,pretty and so practical. It suits you very well.

  5. I can't decide what's cuter - the nightie, the shoes, or you! Love this set

    xo Miss Betty Doll

  6. So cute! Also, I didn't know you owned my retro closet, such a lovely store! And I must ask where did you get/what brand are your shoes??


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