More P.J.s – The Pears Pair

I showed you the muslin for the Kwik Sew pyjamas I made from the vintage sheet last time, now the real thing is finished.

I used some plain scrap fabric for the collar, cuffs and pocket top and some buttons I’d bought for something else at one time or another now lost in the mists of time and memory.

I bought the Liberty tana lawn on Ebay – 3m for 20 quid which was a bargain – somebody was having a de-stash which I might do one of these days (yeah, right!).  I’ve only used 1.5m for these so I have yet more Liberty tana lawn in my stash now.  I’m sure I’ll find a use for it eventually.  Maybe I could make the long bottoms for when there are visitors.

I’m sure you will be glad that I decided to let one of my old mannequins model them, rather than subject you to another view of my legs (even though it was a blurry photo).  I had to faff about with the shorts because of the pole and they’re still not hanging right but you get the idea.

I suspect flat buttons are the norm for pyjama tops but these go so well with the colours I had to use them even though they might dig in me when I’m asleep.  I don’t sleep on my front so I should be O.K. but, if not, I’ll change them for something more practical.  I don’t know how women  sleep on their fronts – don’t their lady bumps get in the way? It’s not supposed to be good for your back anyway so don’t do it although it is supposed to be good for preventing snoring so I might suggest it to Mr. T. who is a champion snorer and hasn’t got any lady bumps so there’s no excuse.  Anyway, I digress – note the double top stitching.  One line is just down the edge and I did that easily enough on the muslin but I chickened out of doing the second line which follows the line of the facing.  I didn’t want the bobbin thread on top so you sort of have to follow the line of the facing on the inside from the outside, if you know what I mean.  It’s the sort of tricksy finishing touch you do at the end that usually goes wrong for me and then I get upset because everything else went well and then I mess up at the last hurdle.  However – this time it worked.

Even though, in close up, they look like I’ve already slept in them (because I didn’t iron them again before taking the photos) I haven’t so I will report on the comfort factor after several sleeps.

Just to let you know –  my hand seems to have recovered quite nicely from the repetitive strain injury, arthritis, tendonitis or whatever else it was that was causing me pain.  I am still wearing my craft gloves though – when I remember – and have bought some more so that I have one up in my workroom for sewing and one downstairs for when I’m wrestling with wool.

Speaking of which, here’s my progress on the Eastern Jewels blanket.  I’m making the squares and triangles for each row and joining up as I go, as well as weaving in the endless ends, so it won’t be such a shock at the end.

The more I do the less I feel I will want to part with it.

Now I’ve finished the second pair of P.J.s I am tackling a quilting project I started a few years ago which I kept glimpsing, peeking at me accusingly from a corner of my workroom.  I’m not even sure whether I like it any more but the fabric was too expensive to discard so I’ll press on and see what happens.  I want to get quilting projects out of the way in preparation for the next block swap I’m participating in which will probably start in March/April this year.

What are you up to this weekend? Are you starting a new project or continuing with an existing one.  Or are you doing nothing whatsoever to do with crafting?  I’ll still be interested.  Honest!!

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  1. #1 by nanacathy2 on February 16, 2018 - 20:03

    I love the pjs and the buttons are perfect, colour wise, no good for lady bits tho’. The blanket looks amazing and I have succombed to a purchase, from the Wool Warehouse should anyone else fancy a go.

    • #2 by tialys on February 16, 2018 - 21:49

      Hoorah! You won’t regret it.

  2. #3 by claire93 on February 16, 2018 - 20:26

    your PJs look so much fun, especially the contrasting collar & bits. I’m not sure I’d fancy sleeping with those buttons, but as you say, you can always replace them if they’re a bit knobbly.
    Your crochet looks fabulous – both the design and your choice of colours. I still haven’t progressed from amigurumi yet, but you never know!
    And so pleased to hear your hand is feeling better. I reckon the mitten is working its magic, but that’s because I believe in magic lol.

    • #4 by tialys on February 16, 2018 - 21:47

      Yes, thank you for recommending the gloves – I think they are helping.
      I feel as if I need to progress to amigurumi from blankets. I have enough books. Maybe that will be my next ‘thing’ after the blanket is finished.

      • #5 by claire93 on February 16, 2018 - 22:34

        seriously, Lynn, seeing all the gorgeous blankets you’ve made, amigurumi would be a piece of cake! Most patterns use single crochet (US) and hook in the round, increasing & decreasing. Your blankets and especially this current one, look as if they’re much more advanced than that!

      • #6 by tialys on February 17, 2018 - 10:37

        Well, this is the first blanket I’ve made that hasn’t been in rows so, now I have more experience in the round, I might tackle a woolly creature next just for the fun of it (and to justify owning a couple of amigurumi books :/)

  3. #7 by CurlsnSkirls on February 16, 2018 - 20:41

    Lynn, thank you for showing us your gorgeous pj’s. Is there anything better than the luxury of Liberty on bare skin. (Not that I would know!) So glad to hear your hand is recovering. Such a bummer to not feel free to do your thing when its yucky outside and the fire’s so cosy.

    • #8 by tialys on February 16, 2018 - 21:45

      I never realised how much I would miss not being able to sew/crochet/knit/do anything worthwhile until I got that bit of hand pain. I will keep taking the turmeric tablets!

      • #9 by CurlsnSkirls on February 17, 2018 - 15:06

        So glad something works for you!

  4. #10 by itwasjudith on February 16, 2018 - 21:44

    Glad that your health has improved, so now you can have fun with making stuff again 🙂
    Lovely PJ, indeed!
    I used to sleep on my belly in the past, but now for some reason I don’t anymore… i didn’t have much trouble with my “bumps”, alas there’s not much of it to start with 😉
    I hope to finish my first pair of socks this weekend! I’m so glad I haven’t succumbed to SSS

    • #11 by tialys on February 17, 2018 - 10:35

      Congratulations on not succumbing to the dreaded SSS – I know I would which is why I do them two at a time. I hope you manage to complete the pair this weekend as you have planned and look forward to seeing them. Have you enjoyed knitting socks – would you make another pair?

      • #12 by itwasjudith on February 17, 2018 - 10:41

        Thank you! I definitely enjoyed making them 🙂 in fact, I’m already thinking of another pair….
        I think the two-at-a-time method is an excellent way to tackle the SSS. I’m sure I’d like to try it some day, once I figure out how to go about it – luckily there are many how-to’s on the internet.
        Have a lovely weekend!

  5. #13 by sew2pro on February 16, 2018 - 22:48

    I love sleeping on my front, and have done since I was a baby, though sometimes go on the side for an hour or so till my hips start to hurt. My pillow is fairly thin. I suspect only the big ones would cause back problems (like swimming breaststroke with head above water).
    Glad your hand is better. I hope once it goes completely that it proves one of those (inexplicable) one-offs. The Eastern Jewels are one of the most wow things I’ve seen on a blog, just stunning. Like looking into a kaleidoscope..

    • #14 by tialys on February 17, 2018 - 10:21

      That swimming style sounds horribly familiar – I’ve never liked putting my head underwater and, to this day, can’t or won’t open my eyes.
      The Eastern Jewels blanket is attracting lots of fans and I am actually going to find it hard to give away but the colour scheme isn’t really suited to my current décor. If I can work it out, and still feel like it after this one’s finished, I might make another in different colours.

  6. #15 by yarnandpencil on February 16, 2018 - 23:02

    Lovely PJ’s 🙂 What a fabulous sewist you are. I adore the Eastern Jewels blanket…one day I might succumb!

    • #16 by tialys on February 17, 2018 - 10:16

      Thank you. The Eastern Jewels blanket continues to find fans – it really is a nice project to do.

  7. #17 by katechiconi on February 16, 2018 - 23:55

    Lovely pjs, expert topstitching and a great choice of buttons. Such a great score of Liberty lawn, even if I’d never buy that fabric, having been scarred by a bottle green school uniform in childhood! The crochet is looking spectacularly awesome too…. I’ll stick to my dishcloth squares, it’s about all I’m capable of in that department, although I am getting rather fast now!

    • #18 by tialys on February 17, 2018 - 10:14

      My school uniform was a pleasant navy blue and I always felt sorry for the nearby girls’ school where they had to wear bottle green – a few orange and pink pears would have picked it up no end 😉
      I’ve knitted a couple of dishcloths but I’m going to crochet the next couple because it will be much quicker! I want to buy some white bamboo yarn and make facecloths for gifts. I’ll double check my stash but don’t think I have anything in white other than more cotton which would also be fine I suppose but bamboo sounds better. It’s probably an ideal portable project for you while you’re ‘on the road’.

      • #19 by katechiconi on February 17, 2018 - 11:54

        Bamboo does make lovely soft cloths; I have a couple, and they wear well too. I took three 100g balls of the 10ply cotton and there are three cloths in play already as a result, and two more in production. I’ll have to resort to the hand quilting very soon…

  8. #20 by Donnalee on February 16, 2018 - 23:59

    I do love the fabric onthese and am glad they turned out well for you.

    • #21 by tialys on February 17, 2018 - 10:07

      Thank you, I’m hoping they’re going to make for a comfy night’s sleep.

  9. #22 by magpiesue on February 17, 2018 - 00:52

    I do love that Eastern Jewels blanket! The pj’s are cute as they can be too. I think the long-leg bottoms are a good idea for the leftover fabric. 🙂

    • #23 by tialys on February 17, 2018 - 10:07

      Everybody seems to love the blanket which is probably why the pattern and yarn kit keeps selling out and having to be re-stocked.

  10. #24 by nikkibnb on February 17, 2018 - 11:28

    Just love all of this! Although that pear fabric probably wouldn’t suit me I love the contrasting colour details, and well done on wrestling the shorts on to a mannequin. I always hate it when I have a leotard without poppers to put on a mannequin. >.<
    That eastern jewels blanket is turning out lovely, although I get what you mean about the colours, I'd have to have different colours for it to suit my house as well.
    Glad your hands are feeling better, hope they stay that way!!

    • #25 by tialys on February 18, 2018 - 10:26

      Thanks Nikki, it might be fun trying to figure out what colours to use to make the blanket again in something that would suit. The original pattern – Persian Tiles – used a much more limited colour palette where all the octagons were the same colour but, of course, it might not be so interesting to make.

    • #26 by tialys on February 21, 2018 - 11:29

      I’m still having trouble commenting on your blog btw. It doesn’t happen every time but I’m getting the ‘invalid security token’ message again today. Is it just me I wonder?

      • #27 by nikkibnb on February 21, 2018 - 21:03

        Oh no that’s rubbish. 😦 I had a try myself and it worked fine (although I was logged in) will have a troubleshoot at some point. Might have to be a few weeks though.

  11. #28 by Jo on February 17, 2018 - 12:50

    The pyjamas are lovely, the fabric works so well and I like the contrasting colour. I’m sure the buttons will be fine. I’m glad to hear that your hand’s much better now, there’s nothing worse than having to hold back on the crafting front. Your Eastern Jewels blanket is coming along, it’s so pretty. Is it going to be a gift? I’m planning on putting a bit of work in on Eleanor’s jumper this weekend, it’s very slow going with nearly 400 stitches on the needles and 4 ply yarn.

    • #29 by tialys on February 18, 2018 - 10:27

      I think I’m giving it to my daughter as she admired the pattern when I started making it – which is unusual for her!! If I can part with it that is. Eek, 400 stitches and 4 ply yarn – definitely a labour of love ❤

  12. #30 by Oh Sew Tempting on February 17, 2018 - 22:58

    Wow! Liberty fabric PJs sound so luxurious. They look fab and you certainly bagged a bargain. I was laughing at your comments about the lady bumps LOL. I used to sleep on my front until I got a frozen shoulder. I slept so much better before and hadn’t thought about where the bumps ended up before. Somehow it just worked 😉

    • #31 by tialys on February 18, 2018 - 10:29

      I can’t even get my back tanned when sunbathing 🙂

  13. #32 by KerryCan on February 18, 2018 - 16:11

    Your projects are so varied–you must never get bored! I like being able to roam widely, too, and am working on two different looms, a big quilt, and two smaller ones. But sometimes I just sit and stare into space . . . ahhhhhh.

    • #33 by tialys on February 21, 2018 - 11:15

      Your quilts are gorgeous and some might call sitting and staring into space ‘gathering inspiration’ which we all need to do from time to time 😉

  14. #34 by Dartmoor Yarns on February 18, 2018 - 19:52

    Love the PJs and beautifully made. I vote you make me a pair with the remaining 1.5m.

    • #35 by tialys on February 21, 2018 - 11:16

      Well, I might not have time once I get started on the Heartfelt cardigan 😉

      • #36 by Dartmoor Yarns on February 21, 2018 - 14:09

        better make them quick then! 😉

  15. #37 by thecraftersapprentice on February 20, 2018 - 18:32

    The pjs are fab, well done! I sleep on my front and I have considerable “lady bumps”! I can’t help it, even if I go to sleep on my back or side, I wake up on my front. The blanket is gorgeous. I ordered the kit and I’m dying to start on it but not letting myself yet!

    • #38 by tialys on February 21, 2018 - 11:17

      Sometimes the anticipation of starting a project is just as exciting – I’m sure you will enjoy it.

  16. #39 by sewchet on February 20, 2018 - 22:37

    I sleep naked AND on my front, so there! Memory foam helps accommodate the lumps, both lady and unwanted ones. I therefore have no need for pyjamas, which is not to say I admire yours any less – quite the opposite, infact, especially since tana lawn probably means they’ll require ironing after each wash. Seriously though, they’re fab and are perfectly smart and decent enough to wear around the house with guests. Which is more than I can say for my bedtime attire.

    • #40 by tialys on February 21, 2018 - 11:24

      I used to sleep in the nuddy but, one of my daughters was always having nightmares when she was a tot so I often had to get up to comfort her and didn’t want to contribute to the night terrors by stumbling, half asleep, dishevelled and naked into her room in the middle of the night. So, I started wearing something to bed and never went back.
      As for ironing – I shall be whipping those P.J.s out of the washing machine and on to the line immediately they’ve finished as I do with all my stuff these days so, hopefully, they will be wearable without too much faff. Ironing is mostly limited these days to Mr. T.’s shirts although, even then, he tends to do his own over in the U.K. during the week. Funny that I never resent ironing when I’m making clothes or doing patchwork.

      • #41 by sewchet on February 21, 2018 - 11:29

        Me too, in fact I love getting the iron out when it comes to steam-blocking crocheted granny squares or the like. Instant satisfaction.

  17. #42 by tinaor on February 21, 2018 - 14:53

    Great PJs and that blanket is to die for – how could you part with it?????

    • #43 by tialys on February 21, 2018 - 20:46

      Well, I might have been a bit rash. Maybe she’ll forget I ever mentioned it 😉

      • #44 by tinaor on February 22, 2018 - 13:55

        he he he! Luckily the last item I was knitting for a friend was going to be a surprise gift – so when I liked it too much I kept it ! (But she did get something else homeknitted.)

  18. #45 by Emma on February 26, 2018 - 06:54

    Well done on weaving in ends! And that pyjama top is looking great 🙂

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