Monday, August 1, 2011

PJ's

When I need to think - I sew.  Nothing that requires thinking about the sewing that's going on, and that rather narrows the possibilities.  Pyjamas always work well, and there is usually some piece or other in the stash that couldn't possibly be used for anything else.  Really - what else could you make out of this fabric?  Not fit to be seen in public!  (Oops!  I'm showing it to you.)  In my defense - I did not buy this fabric.  It was given to me.  A wonderful soft cotton.  Perfect for summer.  But those colours...  At one time I thought to make a hippy-dippy shirt for my son, when he was going through his hippy-dippy phase.  Even he balked at this, and now that phase of his life is over, and the fabric sat there.  Well, it is now in use, and the dog still recognizes me, even in these pyjamas (but they do feel wonderful!)  The pants are some conglomeration of patterns that I came up with at some point, and all my pj bottoms are made this way.  The top is Butterick 5948, which I've had for eons, and I'm amazed that it is still in the catalogue.  I don't use the facings - I simply use bias strips to finish off the neck and armholes. 
And then there was this piece of amazing rayon - amazing because it feels like butter - but those hunting horns!  As I recall this piece of fabric came with a bundle of fabric from a store that made/sold children's clothing, and I believe that they were going out of business.  Anyway - all the other fabrics got used - don't even remember for what, or what they were.  This piece just didn't "do it" for me.  I just couldn't imagine a blouse or dress with those horns, or, I should say - I could imagine such a garment, and I just couldn't imagine wearing it.  So, finally, after decades in the closet - a very useful item.  I have a cream cami that works with this to make a full fledged pyjama.  One can never have too many pyjamas - and this was like getting them for free.  How much better can you get?
And what I needed to do serious thinking about - I'll let you in on that soon.

8 comments:

  1. They are both rather cute as pyjamas, and if they feel wonderful then they are perfect for this purpose! Well done on using up some fabric from the stash!

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  2. I looked at the photo and thought that you'd had a lapse of good taste. Great PJs, definitely not for street wear! I agree that sewing creates thinking time.

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  3. I really like the pjs...they are fun and cheerful. I have that "old" pattern too and will be using it soon for fall shirts.

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  4. Great jammies! They should make for happy dreams.

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  5. I think the PJ's turned out nice. And if nothing else, you finally used the fabric.

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  6. Very nice! PJ look really comfortable, then the tissue is well spent ...
    Mmmmm ... taste of home ....

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  7. PJs are the perfect follow up project to that beautiful dress and jacket. And they're also the perfect place for wonderful feeling fabric, no matter what the print looks like. I'm so glad to hear that the pencil skirt will get a chance to shine in your sewing class. I think it will flatter many women.

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  8. I love making PJs too - quick, easy , comfort wear and a great way to use that stash.

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