Sunday, 1 May 2016

I made pyjamas!

When Heather released the Carolyn pyjamas I thought it was super cute but felt that I was unlikely to wear a full set of formal pyjamas. However when all the pyjamas that I do wear started to fall apart, I thought I might dip my toe in the pyjama making world with some pyjama bottoms.
I wanted to use a strawberry print cotton that I've had in my stash for years. It was a part of a coupon that I bought in marché Sainte Pierre a few years ago. I have used some of it for smaller projects over time but I really wanted an item of clothing made from it.  However my slightly saner side, the one that tells me not to dress like a toddler dissuaded me. However, I figured I could get away with pyjamas.
My Dad had bought me the patten for Christmas, I was excited as it was my first closet case files paper pattern.  I traced off a 14, grading to 10 at the waist.  I was tracing off a bunch of other indie patterns at the same time and inevitably made some comparisons between them and I have to say I was disappointed in the quality of the tissue pattern, I found it very flimsy and easy to tear and thin which made tracing off more difficult.
I probably could have got away with a 12 overall and a 10 at the waist as I ended up taking the legs in a bit and you can see there's still quite a bit of fabric pooling under the bottom.  I added 2 darts in the back to adjust for some of the excess fabric I had there due to the difference between my waist and hips.  There's still quite a bit of excess but if I had taken any more out I wouldn't have been able to get them on over my hips.

The way I've 'styled' (I'm using this term loosely) these makes it look like an outfit to wear in public.  However, much as I like these, they're not going to be worn outside of the house, I just wanted to take advantage of the first glimmering of spring and take photos outside.  I need to find myself some good outdoor locations again now the weather is, sort of, improving.  However, since it started to snow about an hour after I took these, I may not be planning too much time outdoors in the near future.

I am now getting to a stage where I'm starting to have a largely handmade wardrobe and actually it's felt really nice to have such a pretty, handmade basic item.  I'm really tempted to make the full pyjama set now, I can totally be elegant and classy for bed!


  1. Bravo. The fabric is cheerful.

  2. PJs are on my list too...I think after seeing yours I am going to go the t shirt and easy peasy woven cotton drawstring pants. I like the front rise of yours on you. pretty fabric. You have inspired me:)

    1. Thanks so much. It's hard to beat draw string trousers and a t-shirt for pyjamas.