Vogue 7054: pajamas for tea

See if you can guess what year this pattern is from. Guess! Guess! 

This is Vogue 7054 from 1987

1987! Did you guess it? I can see it in the shoulders now that I know, but the illustrator has done a great job of keeping the hair under control. Gives a nice, vague, Veronica Lake-ish, 1940’s Hollywood-ish, fancy-lady-pajama vibe rather than nailing down any specific decade. 

The pattern includes iron-on transfers of the alphabet, so you can embroider your initials on the pocket.


The illustration’s monogram reads FMW which I’ve been trying to figure out. Seems like it should stand for something. I mean, if you’re going to put a monogram on an illustration, it should be a funny secret code for me to figure out. At very least VPC for Vogue Pattern Co. I personally would go for HEY or GRL. 

The recommended fabrics list includes lots of glamorous options like charmeuse, jacquard, crepe de chine, etc. What the list does not say is, “Hey girl, just use an old table cloth,” but that’s cool, I can read between the lines. 


This old thing. Before you become sad about how I’ve destroyed this beautiful vintage hand-embroidered tablecloth, take comfort: it is badly stained. The only reason I have this old thing in the first place is because it was too stained for a friend’s resale, and it was specifically given to me with the instruction, “cut this up and make something.” 

Done! 


Isn’t this quilt gorgeous? My modern-quilting-friend Alison made it, she is @msalleycat on the instagrams if you wanna go see her stuff. 

The pattern calls for 3/4 inch elastic, but I did 1/2 inch instead, with the channel sitting a half inch down from the top to make a ruffle. I also shortened the crotch length by 2 inches total, so the waist could sit a little below the natural waist and not strangle me in my sleep. 


In the photo above you can see there’s a little bit of awkward embroidery placement in the inseam. I’m ok with it. 

And there below you can see where the border ended up. I added some washed muslin at the center back, the tablecloth wasn’t quite wide enough to fit the whole pattern. 


I used the border for the hem, since it’s already a hem. And above you can see the teapot, which is my favorite of the five embroidery motifs. I made sure the teapot would be featured on the leg. 

Sew It or Throw It:

This is a sew. The pants pattern couldn’t be simpler. One piece, no outseam, the waist folds down to make an elastic casing, no drawstring which means no eyelet or buttonhole opening for the nonexistent drawstring. Super easy and fast. This tablecloth version is cozy, doesn’t get tangled up while I’m sleeping, and is surprisingly warm. Bonus: the pantalettes vibe. 

Probably won’t ever make the robe, but neither did the original owner. This was an uncut pattern, which is fun to put to use. Makes me feel like I’m fulfilling the pattern’s destiny. 

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29 thoughts on “Vogue 7054: pajamas for tea

  1. Coolio, love the re-use of defunct tablecloths, so long as the tea stains don’t look sus! I scour op shops for them in the vainglorious hope they may be used eventually! I really love that dressing gown and as I don’t own one – am lusting irrationally!

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    1. Our op shops are pretty filtered. I find fabric, but rarely any obvious vintage stuff like this. I was thrilled when my friend gave me this table cloth to cut up.
      What’s the “op” short for, anyway? Opportunity? Operation (something)? Optimus Prime?

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      1. Funny I hadn’t even though you might not know the term! Op for opportunity. The main ones are in true Aussie style shortened. Vinnies – St Vincent De Paul, Salvos -The Salvation Army and then a host of minor players!! A girl at college who’s worked in one for years swears they don’t hive off the good stuff, but there must be a reason we don’t see many embroidered things. Perhaps in 20 years there’ll be oodles of vintage indy handmade clothing to collect!!

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      1. Character, and I like that stains free up the fabric for use. If that table cloth had been pristine I wouldn’t have cut into it, but I wouldn’t have used it either. I could’ve given it away, might make a great gift for a kid, like maybe along with a tea set or picnic basket, but then there’s always a chance that the kid’s parents in this hypothetical situation would be afraid of getting the tablecloth dirty too, and then no one would ever use it, which would be too bad.
        So yay for stains and holes.

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  2. I love this! Wide legged pjs that don’t tangle when you sleep are a miracle and a gift. I also really adore the way you placed the pink hem.

    I actually guessed early 90s – still 80s but toned down and sleeker. But now I look again the shoulders are all wrong for 90s. I love this game! I quite often make my boyfriend play ’80s or 30s’? He is not very good at it.

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    1. Isn’t that a fun game? I love that game too. There are a couple instagram accounts of the historical costume variety that I use as a guessing game: look at the garment, decide, scroll down and see if I got it. It’s like daily costume history pop quiz.

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  3. I’d modify the robe pattern and make it. The patch pockets are great but the heavy cuffs attract coffee stains so would benefit from some modification. This I know from the robe I made using a similar (Simplicity?) pattern.

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  4. Whoa, this was a nice trip down memory lane: my Mother made me a pair of these in midnight blue satin. I thought I was the cat’s pyjamas… Pun intended!
    Yours are ace too; they look so comfy

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  5. that is a brilliant use of the table cloth, love the way the stripe goes up the back as well as the perfect placement of the tea pot – (quilt gorgouse too)…. the illustrations on the vogue bring me right back to that section of the pattern book of nightwear, half slips and french knickers (sophistication at its finest).

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    1. Glad you like the stripes, I am pleased with them. I really wanted to involve the fabric in a way that would retain a sense of its tableclothy nature, but that would put the embroidery in a good place. I laid the pattern out a few different ways, it was kind of tricky. But entertaining.
      Good illustrations on the pattern, huh! Good old Vogue.

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  6. Oh, wow! I’m a sucker for weird pants, and these are great. Love the siripes in the back besides, of course, the embroideries. Great use for a stained tablecloth. Just recently I was discussing doing the same but with christmas- tablecloths. You inspire me to keep thinking about that.

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  7. Oh my gosh, I had this pattern when it was new!! :) I made the short versions in a cute cotton and wore them til they fell apart! I made the robe too, but used a towling that turned out to be too heavy and I hardly wore it in the end! Weirdly enough, I came across this pattern again a couple of months ago in a vintage store, I didn’t re-buy it…. Love the use of the table cloth for your pj pants, it makes for a very cute pair of pants.

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    1. That’s funny that you saw the pattern again recently! Maybe it’s popping up all over. I got it this year as part of an eBay lot, I probably wouldn’t have bought it on its own on purpose either, but it managed to get itself made before a lot of other patterns that look a lot more interesting. Hmmm.

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