Saturday, June 22, 2013

Pyjama Party Sew Along!

Time to show off my Jim jams for Did you make that’s Pyjama party!


No not that Jim Jam

These Jim Jams!

 How close is my head to the roof?

The idea of the pyjama party sew along was devised by Did you make that in celebration of Sewaholics new pattern the Tofino Pyjama pants.

I have a lot of pyjamas already – most of them miss matched so I thought this was the best time to make a set.



In this picture I was looking at my cat Balthazar who messing around on the floor

So I invited him into the picture


He decided he was not ready for the blog (lots of pictures of him on my Instagram though)

Ouch!
Back


I found this pattern on Etsy – Weigel’s 2150. No year marked but Vintage Patterns wiki suggested it was from the 60s so into the shopping cart it went


At the local fabric store, the flannelette section was full but disappointing. Lots of kitschy cartoons for winter, luckily I found some sweet blue gingham – which I decided will do nicely.

These were the first pants I have sewn in 5 years, so I made a muslin (calico/toile) first. But when I made the muslin, I decided I’ll just make shorts so as to not waste too much fabric and of course I sewed them upside down. The crotch was very bulky and I couldn’t work out why. A telephone call to my mum confirmed my suspicion. So with that part out of the way, I decided to cut into the flannelette.

When cutting I didn’t have enough fabric to put the front piece onto the fold to cut, so there ended up being a seam down the front. I took some off cuts, pleated it on either side and attached it to the front to instead make it a focal point.



I also added some lace to the bottom edge and cuffs of the pants just like in the picture.


The pants worked out very well – I like the high waist as it keeps my back warm in the cold.
(And cause how many times have you woken up to find your pyjamas up near your waist anyway?)

I’m yet to wear them as I was trying to keep them neat for the photos, but im sure they will be very cosy!

Pyjamas are pretty good for new starters to sewing – not only because you’re going to only wear them at home but also because they don’t need buttons or zippers or any other tricky techniques


Did you join in the pyjama party too? 

43 comments:

  1. Great PJs! I love your blog; I've nominated you for an award.
    http://melodysews.blogspot.com/2013/06/liebster-award-thank-you-for-nominating.html

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    1. Thanks Lovely!
      I got one of these Liebster awards before but i wasn't sure what to do with it! I guess ill need to do something about it now! xo

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    1. yes, cute until the teeth come out! haha thanks dear xo

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  3. Looks very cute!

    This pattern would also have been lovely:
    http://www.burdastyle.de/burda-style/damen/nachtwaesche-retro-retro_pid_605_8949.html

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    1. Thanks! That is a really pretty pattern - thanks for the recommendation

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  4. OMG. They are absolutely brilliant. I've never seen PJs look so cool and groovy! Love your photos. Thank you so much for taking part!

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    1. Thanks Karen! I was so much fun to take part and i wouldn't have ever made pants ever without the motivation.
      Thanks for organising it!

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  5. Great PJs...I really love the lace touch

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    1. Thank you! I ran out and couldn't add it to the sleeves! Oh well...

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  6. Wow, these are seriously envy-some!

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    1. aww thanks! i like your jammies too!

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  7. I agree, *groovy* is the best word for those pjs. Love them!

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  8. You look too cute in those jim-jams, I love them! They look both comfy and pretty, something very important I think for pyjamas!

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    1. Oh yes very important for them to be comfy! Ill hopefully dream of the other jim jam while wearing these ;)

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  9. Wow!! They are sooo cute. That vintage pattern was a brilliant fine :-)

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  10. Oh, these are fabulous! And the gingham was a good score, I think they are very 60's looking. Love the lace trim, as well, it sort of contrasts with the gingham, but really nicely! And, your kitty is adorable!!! My kitty says to say hi. :)

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    1. Thank you! I hope your kitty isn't bitey like mine?
      I'm sure the internet minders are all wondering what is happening in blogland with all these pajama posts today.
      I've also started following you too! So great to find lots of new sewing friends

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  11. P.S. have also started following your blog through bloglovin'. That's the fun part about parties, pajama or otherwise, you get to meet all kinds of new folks!

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  12. Great pajamas! I love the blue gingham.

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  13. These jim jams are AWESOME!!

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    1. Thanks! Have you had a chance to finish your pyjamas yet?

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  14. Hello, dear Catherine! As you can imagine I don't know much about sewing but I do know a thing or two about friendship and that's why I'm here. You have become too good a friend for me to stay away any longer, even if I can't offer much in the way of an intelligent comment on this particular topic.

    I think you look fab in your pyjamas. Great job! I hope you didn't bump your pretty head on the ceiling while bouncing on the bed. I am a cat (and animal) lover and I hope you can coax Balthazar into making more appearances on your blog. Good night to you, Catherine, my dear friend!

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    1. Oh its ok! I knew that was going to happen with this blog, which is why i try to merge the two.
      I didn't hit my head on the roof but when i saw the photo i was very surprised that i didn't!
      Ill have to make a special post for Balthazar - he is a very independent little thing and shouldn't be overshadowed by sewing.

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  15. I love that you took your inspiration from the pattern design, you just made a blue version! They look very cosy :)

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    1. Im not a big pink or red fan, so i was lucky to find blue! thanks lovely!

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  16. What delightful pajamas! You pull off the style well!

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    1. Thank you!! I really like your bloomers too - ive had that pattern saved away for awhile i better get to making them

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  17. These are so cute - I agree re higher waist being what's needed for sleepwear. I wouldn't have thought of making narrower leg pyjama bottoms but it works dead well. I may have to rethink my next pyjama sewing plans!

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    1. Thanks! I was thinking of making these narrower but then i realised it might not be so good for sleeping! Thanks for popping by!

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  18. I love this matching set! Very cute!

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  19. What awesome pyjamas! I didn't have time to join in this year but I am definitely in need of some vintage pj's.

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    1. thanks lovely. anytime is a good time to make jammies! you could start this weekend!

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  20. Eeeeee, the lace trim is fantastic! And much respect to you for having facing and darts on nightwear

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    1. Why thank you! just cause their jammies doesn't mean they can be neat right?

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  21. Love your blog! such a cute idea, the fabric choice for those pyjamas. Gingham PJs:definitely on my to do list now! Pyjamas in retail stores are so tacky. Love all your 60s makes, very inspiring!

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    1. thank you! Such kind words! Pjs are so easy to make you'll be able to whip them up quickly without breaking a sweat!

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  22. They don't come with Jimmy Page? Noooooo!!
    Your jammies are so adorable! I want to make some now :)

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    1. Haha! I'm afraid Jimmy was otherwise unavailable...
      Jammies are so fun an easy to make! you should give them a go

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