Now my hatbox wallhanging is complete and in situ, I realised that my sewing mojo has returned – woohoo! – and so I thought I’d start with a pair of pyjamas and why not?
This is the pattern I used and this is a vintage sheet I unearthed from my ‘vintage sheet stash’ – hasn’t everybody got one of those? I wanted to make a pair of these (the shorts version) for both myself and for Mlle Tialys the Younger but we are different sizes so I thought I’d trace off the size I thought she’d be and make a muslin we could both try on and then go from there. I’m trying to be good about tracing off patterns – especially those I might use more than once and for different people.
This is an easy make but it re-acquainted me with basic collars, cuffs, elastic casing, buttonholes and top stitching after the knitting and crochet fests that have been my crafting activities of choice lately – the wall hanging doesn’t count as I really only had the assembly to do.
I wasn’t going to do the contrast bits but I decided to go with it in the end and used some fabric sent to me by my Susanna over at Pins, Needles and Threads who was my sewing Stitching Santa for Christmas 2015 (was it really that long ago?). I think it makes a difference.
The shorts have an elasticated back and then you make ties from the fabric which are joined to the elastic at the sides and emerge through buttonholes on the front so very adjustable and handy if you decide you want to make room for a midnight feast. I had lots of fun turning a narrow tube of fabric the right way out again – I might use ribbon next time!
I did all the seams on my overlocker which is very underused at the moment and, considering I paid a small fortune for it, deserves to be used much more and for more varied tasks than it is now. I need to get online and do some ‘different ways of using your hideously expensive overlocker that you are currently only using to do stuff you could do on a very basic one’ tutorials. Anybody know of any good ones 🙂
Mlle Tialys wouldn’t pose in her P.J.s but I’m not so proud – at least the photo is relatively blurry and you can only just make out the unmade bed behind me 😮
This is a very wearable muslin for Mlle T and has shown me that, when I make mine, I need to go down one size for the top and two for the bottom (as I no longer have one 😦 )
It’s sometimes a nuisance that dress forms only have one leg but you get the idea.
You may remember that I bought some rather striking Liberty tana lawn with which to make my p.j.s.
This was the seller’s photo I showed you before and the pears looked enormous.
However, when it eventually arrived in France in Mr. T’s cabin bag, they were a much more discreet size as I have tried to show by artfully placing a spool of cotton on top.
So I’ll get on with them while the mood is upon me but I might have another rummage through my vintage sheets too – I need the space.
Have you ever used vintage sheets to make anything wearable?