A little more than six months ago I received the first of what are now six pairs of Italian linen pajamas made to my measurements by Joe Hemrajani, and I can report that in my opinion the experiment has been a success. The pajamas fit, are comfortable and show no signs of wear despite weekly laundering. That is considerably more than I can say for the ready to wear pajamas I had been wearing previously from two supposedly well regarded makers.
My principal concern initially had been how the linen would hold up to home laundering. Sending these pajamas out to be cleaned would have destroyed the economic argument that began the experiment, but that proved to be unnecessary. Cold water washing and low temperature drying (turned inside out so as not to chip the mother of pearl buttons) has worked fine. There has been no shrinkage and even without ironing the linen looks perfectly acceptable to me. By which I mean that it looks about the same as it does after a night's sleep and I am good with that.
Indeed, my only wish is that the mill supplying the linen had run more of the stuff. In the time we have been ordering our modest amounts, most of the better colors have been depleted, leaving a choice of cream, lavender, or a variety of browns. Not the end of the world as eight pair of linen are probably enough but going forward will present a new challenge. Most shirtings are not heavy enough for pajamas in my opinion, and most of the other cloth meant for tailored clothing is not suitable for laundering.
Still, if we can do as well with the next stuff as we have done with the linen, Will's pajamas will continue to be a success.