Ryan Gosling Pajama dressing
Closet Case Patterns, Outfit Styling


Hey girl. Hope you’re doing well. Are we supposed to be over Ryan Gosling now? Because never. The man knows how to rock a pajama shirt like nobody’s business. Navy washed silk never looked more alluring.

Baby Duck fawning aside, today I wanted to share some of my Carolyn Pajama research with you. I looked at a lot of images when I was developing this pattern, and I love how many different looks you can get from one style. It’s really an iconic garment, and I think a good pair is as key to any well-rounded wardrobe as a white button-down shirt or a pair of jeans.


A beautifully made pair of pajamas does not have to be relegated to the house. With the right styling, they look super chic and confidant worn on the street. I tend to overuse the word “insouciant” but I’m not sure what is more effortlessly glamorous than wearing silk “sleepwear” for a night on the town.

Pajama Dressing Inspiration

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Since you can use such a wide variety of fabrics for this pattern, you really have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a fun print. I’d love to see some made from Liberty Lawn and exuberantly printed silk. I’m hoping you’ll use this as an opportunity to have fun stuff in the quilting and flannel section of the fabric store.

silk pajamas and printed pajamas

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As much fun as a crazy printed pajama can be, I also love the simplicity and timelessness of a  classic tailored set. A fine quality cotton shirting, chambray, solid coloured crepe or charmeuse paired with that crisp piping detail? Perfection. What about lengthening the hem of the top for a classic nightgown? I also love the idea of adding a monogram to the front pocket; nothing says luxury like a monogram. This retailer has a DIY monogram feature if you’d like to play with a a design.

classic tailored pajamas

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Hope this gets your Carolyn Pajama juices flowing!

  • They’re all delicious! I do love the classic look, I may have to make myself a lengthened top for a sleep shirt.

    • I;m not really a nightgown person but a “nightshirt” is infinitely more appealing.

  • Oooo….I love all of these. This pattern may have just been bumped up the queue!!

  • Hélène

    Your inspiration board is really… inspiring. I would add Julian Schnabel always wearing pricey silk pajamas in public events in the 90’s. I was in love with him!

    • I almost added him! Love the Schnabs. And it’s not just the 90s. He still pretty much only wears pajamas, haha.

  • Love it! Very inspiring!

  • Sara Mayo

    You forgot the Buffy yummy sushi pj’s!

    • Shoot! You’re right. This is a terrible oversight.

  • Julie

    Wow! Lovely pictures! After seeing Carolyn’s gorgeous pj – it’s so tempting! In fact too hard to resist 😉 And I’m sure this pj party will be The.Best.

  • Rebecca

    Love all these inspiration looks! And I’ll never be over Ryan Gosling 🙂 Just ordered my fabric and pattern, can’t wait to get sewing!

    • So, does teh fabric have the Baby Duck’s face all over it? PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS SO.

  • Kohlrabi

    Love the pattern and the inspiration! Although I really don’t need any more of it! Finally I have a pattern that fits all those cute and crazy prints in the quilting cotton/poplin/kinda to stuff for anything else cotton section! Recent finds: cute hedgehog, whale, fox, bear whatever prints, REAL kitty fabric as in photos of kittens with black frames printed kinda in a collage way onto fabric!! I’m gonna throw out all those old ugly shirts and pajamas with holes and spend eternity sewing Carolyn pajamas, it seems!
    One question: any input on adapting the pattern to fit men? As I’ve been researching fabric for my pajamas le boyfriend decided he needed pajamas with donuts, dogs, whales or cooking teddy bears(!) as well. Have you tried doing this for your french guy or some tips for me how/what to adapt basically?

    • Hmmmmm. Alright, first thing, you wold have to lower the crotch and raise the rise a little (they need room for their junk). I would also straighten out the outer seam since they don’t need much space there.

      The top is tricky. You’d have to muslin it out. Since there is no darts/shaping, you *could* be okay with just straightening out the side seam (this pattern is curved at the waist) and see how the shoulders/sleeve fit.

      • All proportions grow (Make top wider, sleeves longer, widen sleeve cap), level the top seam of the pants top and drop the crotch more than a couple inches. Then call Ryan Gosling.

      • Kohlrabi

        thank you! I will totally try this. But only after I have sewn my own selfish pair of pajamas!

  • Amy

    Oh my, that meme still works! These are all drool-worthy. My favorite has got to be Audrey as Chanel. I loved that set.

  • Vintage pajamas are in! and pure linen pajamas have no match for elegance and comfort. http://linenshed.com/collections/homewear/products/megan-linen-pajama-set