This week I have a new pair of PJ’s. I have been wearing the ‘same old’ pyjamas for longer than I care to remember and they consist of vest tops and shorts. I’m a fussy pyjama wearer – I don’t like long bottoms that work their way up to my thighs during the night, or sleeves that end up around my armpits! Maybe I’m just a terrible ‘night wriggler’ but the long-legged/long sleeve combo just doesn’t work for me.
The ‘same old’ pyjamas have seen a lot of wear and recently the elastic in one pair of shorts gave up the ghost. The shorts sat on my sewing pile for some time waiting for me to rip out the old elastic and insert the new. Several weeks went by – well if you had the choice of making a new dress or repairing a pair of shorts, what would you choose?! This week I made a deal with myself – no more new projects until the repair work was complete.
On closer inspection I found that they were really past it. The cotton was beginning to look worn and thin in places so I decided to make myself a new pair (much more exciting than repairing elastic!)
I found some pretty and inexpensive cotton lawn that would be prefect for the job. I love tea rose fabrics and they seem to be everywhere at the moment (think Cath Kidston) so it wasn’t hard to find the right material with a vintage feel.
The pattern I used was this McCall’s number. They were very easy to make and within an evening I had a new pair of PJ’s. It was only when I had finished them that I realised that I hadn’t even consulted the pattern instructions! I must have subconsciously figured out how to make it up while I was cutting the pattern! After I finished, I checked the pattern instructions and had done everything I was supposed to do – phew! I had also added a few tricks that I have learnt along the way that weren’t included in the pattern instructions:
1) I sewed down the seams of the waist elastic after inserting it into the casing so that the elastic stays even and doesn’t bunch up.
2) I stitched around the top edge of the waistband to keep it flat.
Have you ever forgotten to consult the pattern instructions?
Here they are! The vest top has been folded in half in this photo so that I could get the whole outfit in the frame. The vest also has a racer back which stops me feeling restricted a night – bonus! These will be lovely and cool in the summer months and I think I’ll make some brushed cotton ones for the winter.
Not as exciting as making a new dress but better than repairing elastic!
Until next time…