- Apr 10, 2011
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I have some made through Ascot Chang. If you have a custom shirtmaker, they can usually make pajamas for you out of shirt fabric.
I source the shirt fabric on my own. Pre-COVID times, I used to go to Britex in San Francisco and poke around for fabrics that I thought would make for good pajamas. Merchant & Mills in the UK also sells really interesting fabrics. You can purchase swatches for pretty cheap. Etsy can also be a good source.
If you buy from Merchant & Mills, their site will say what kind of garments the fabric is well suited for. Unfortunately, since I buy all my fabrics from jobbers, I don't know their exact weight. I have some PJs in brushed cotton, linen, and some Tencel-linen blends. Years ago, Merchant & Mills sold a really nice Tencel-linen blend that had a ton of body and came in nice dusty colors. Unfortunately sold out.
I tried Sleepy Jones PJs in the past but found them too slim. I find that PJs have to be cut much fuller than what you'd get in a shirt, as you're going to be tossing around. Not even fuller than a slim-fit shirt, but much fuller than a traditional fit. Derek Rose also makes some nice ones, although they have different lines of varying quality, I believe.
Custom PJs sound ridiculous, but they're not that much more than high-end RTW (e.g. Derek Rose) and you can get them made in slightly more interesting materials than the pure cottons you see everywhere.