Festive Finishes – Did you Guess Correctly?

Firstly, thanks to everybody who kept their fingers crossed for the safe and timely arrival of the other half of the Tialys clan this Christmas.  It worked!!

As you know, secret sewing (and crochet) projects had been in progress for a little while leading up to Christmas and I can now reveal the results – both good and bad.

I had acquired some cute Peter Rabbit fabric and, as the quote says ‘Too Much Lettuce Makes Me Sleepy’, what else could I make but pyjamas?

I chose a New Look pattern I’d used before but only had enough to make the shorts.

I did have enough to make some bias binding though ….

…….and some white broderie anglaise in my stash so used the free Colette Sorbetto pattern to make a little top to complete the set.

That was Mlle Tialys the Elder sorted but what about the Younger?  Well, she’s a bit of a home body and sometimes wraps a blanket round her shoulders when sitting at the desktop.  I thought a shawl would be a bit more elegant so I downloaded the free pattern for the Grinda Shawl which is rather beautiful but, as I found out, more challenging than I expected as the yarn is finer than I’m used to using for crochet and the stitches more lacy.

This is as far as I got and that’s after frogging it on numerous occasions.

It soon became obvious I wasn’t going to finish it in time for Christmas.  I have since become more adept and no longer feel like flinging it in the nearest bin so, hopefully, it will be ready for her birthday in February.

In the meantime, I needed something quick and it was a good opportunity to use some fleece that has been taking up room in my stash for some time.

I didn’t have enough for a top and anyway, she would have looked like the Michelin Man with both pieces of the pyjamas in such thick fleece so I bought an RTW top in thinner fabric which matches well enough to make a set.

But‘, I hear you ask, ‘these projects don’t explain the mangled looking piece of fabric you showed us and asked us to guess what it was going to be.’

Well, Kate’s guess was the closest because she said – and I quote –  ‘is it one of those complicated lined garments where you turn it inside out through the shoulder seam?’

Yes! It is.

You join the inside and outside yokes together (I made the inside yoke in contrasting fabric), rolling up the fronts inside, like a burrito, and then pull it all out the right way.  It’s one of those magic things you can’t believe is going to work – until it does.

The fabric is a chambray and, as Mr. T. already has a dark blue shirt with a similar floral design, I was fairly confident he’d like it.  I used some scraps of Liberty tana lawn to face the inside yoke and the cuffs.

I was going to use ordinary buttons but thought pearl snaps would be a nice touch.  The installation of these was hit and miss as I hammered a bit too hard occasionally and, on my first try, didn’t line them up properly and had to take those on one side out again which was a bit scary.

I had made the shirt before as a short sleeved muslin so it was my first time making sleeve plackets and cuffs and I was quite pleased with how they came out.

I used the Colette pattern here and, as well as using their instructions which are very good, I followed a sew along over at Male Pattern Boldness which was also very helpful.

I feel as if my sewing skills have moved up a level over the past year or so.  Better late than never I suppose!

So much so that, next year – in another ‘never say never’ project – I am going to embark upon a coat.  Yes, you heard it right.  I know I said I’d never make jeans or a coat and, even though I haven’t shown you the jeans yet, as soon as I can get them on again after my Christmas indulgences, I will.

Mr. Tialys has not yet worn his shirt because I need to make an adjustment to the top stud which isn’t staying closed (heavy handed use of the hammer again probably) so, no photo of him but here’s Mlle T. the Elder sporting her new P.J.s and ending my final blog post of the year by wishing you all a very peaceful, prosperous, healthy, happy 2019 .

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  1. #1 by claire93 on December 31, 2018 - 12:16

    lots of clapping and loud applause from me! I absolutely love everything about Mr T’s shirt – that fabric is amazing as was your inspiration for the choice of stud buttons. Also love Mlle T the Elder’s pjs – and they look great on! Not so keen on the pink polka dot bottoms myself, but that’s because I”m a PJ shortie gal myself, and the idea of wearing long fleece bottoms to bed just brings me out in a hot flush( oh no, that’s the menopause!) . . . but they’ll be great for keeping warm in the winter.

    • #2 by tialys on December 31, 2018 - 13:37

      Mlle the Younger is a homebody and is one to wear ‘lounge around’ clothes, as she calls them, whenever she can. I expect to see quite a lot of these being lounged around in over the next week or so. She, of course, is nowhere near the menopause but I completely understand your point of view 😓

  2. #3 by katechiconi on December 31, 2018 - 12:34

    Yay! I absolutely love M. T’s shirt, I must say, and the enclosed yoke is a really classy touch. I love all your hand-made gifts, and only wish I lived somewhere that permitted the wearing of fluffy fleece PJ bottoms 🙂

    Happy New Year – now only 2.5 hours away in Queensland!

    • #4 by tialys on December 31, 2018 - 13:39

      You could always just turn up the air con for a bit of a ‘fleece session’ when the mood is upon you 😉

  3. #6 by M. L. Kappa on December 31, 2018 - 13:25

    Very impressed as usual, and all best wishes from me too!

  4. #8 by Kim on December 31, 2018 - 13:32

    All very impressive!
    Very good luck with the cost – I have the fabric for one too but lack the will to see at present. Very best wishes for a productive 2019 😀

    • #9 by tialys on December 31, 2018 - 13:40

      It scares me to death but I am going to do a sew a long with a friend who will make her own at the same time. It’s the lining that scares me the most. I will need the good luck.

  5. #10 by Kim on December 31, 2018 - 13:33

    That said coat when I wrote it. Honest 😡

    • #11 by tialys on December 31, 2018 - 13:42

      It makes sense both ways doesn’t it?

      • #12 by Kim on December 31, 2018 - 17:51


  6. #13 by Wild Daffodil on December 31, 2018 - 13:35

    A fabulous collection of makes! That shirt is a triumph!
    Happy New Year to you and yours.

    • #14 by tialys on December 31, 2018 - 13:44

      Thank you – I did allow myself a bit of a triumphant glow, even though it’s not absolutely perfect to my, possibly over critical, eye.

  7. #15 by thecontentedcrafter on December 31, 2018 - 19:36

    Excellent work on (nearly) all the projects! And I’m sure the shawl will be a fabulous birthday gift 🙂 A coat next eh? Now that is a confident project – though maybe it helps to make a more confident statement: a coat is just a weightier shirt dress! You go girl!!

    • #16 by tialys on January 3, 2019 - 12:19

      I’m still struggling a bit with keeping the stitch count right on the shawl but, the larger it grows, the less inclined I am to give up with it so it might be ready for February after all – though there’s always next Christmas 😉

  8. #17 by CurlsnSkirls on December 31, 2018 - 21:31

    Lovely gifts to all, especially that shirt fabric! And hopefully a few for your lovely self as well? Perhaps to be blogged shortly. 😉 Meanwhile, have a lovely New Year celebration! 😘

    • #18 by tialys on January 3, 2019 - 12:18

      I probably won’t blog about them but I might feature my lovely hand crafted yarn bowl in a future crochet or knitting post – just to prove my husband does sometimes listen to me.

  9. #19 by kathyreeves on January 1, 2019 - 01:45

    Excellent job on all that sewing! Everyone is always scared of costs, but they really aren’t that bad, just a bit bulkier to sew. I am thinking about a coat this year, too. I sorely miss my stadium parka, and snatched up a pattern during a sale. But first I must tackle the jeans…any hints to share from your adventure?

    • #20 by tialys on January 3, 2019 - 12:17

      My main hint would be to get fabric with enough stretch as, even though I can hold my pair up to an existing RTW pair of jeans and they look exactly the same size, they are too tight, especially in the knees because my fabric has virtually no give at all. Also, I don’t know what your top stitching is like but let’s just say it is very visible when you use a contrast thread and every wobble shows. I chickened out for this pair and used a slightly darker grey than the pale grey fabric but, if when I make another pair, I’ll try to be brave and go with the big contrast. As you are in the U.S. and won’t have to pay a king’s ransom for it, I have heard from good authority that Robert Kaufman’s Super Stretch indigo is very good but also the Cone Mills denim is supposed to be excellent too.

      • #21 by kathyreeves on January 4, 2019 - 02:57

        Thanks for those tips!!!

  10. #22 by nanacathy2 on January 2, 2019 - 15:38

    So glad they all made it safely home to receive their fabulous gifts. Very impressed with the shirt turning inside outside activity. Happy New Year.

  11. #24 by sew2pro on January 2, 2019 - 22:16

    “It soon became obvious I wasn’t going to finish it in time for Christmas.” Lol, how this sentence evoked the ghosts of my Christmas pasts! But this is an impressive collection of goodies Lynn (I love the Peter Rabbit shorts and bias binding!). I agree that your sewing has leapt forward. Good luck with the coat project. A worthwhile goal as that’s where the really big savings in substituting high quality RTW items come from.

    • #25 by tialys on January 3, 2019 - 12:09

      Let’s hope I’ll be substituting high quality for something similar – I’m ready to start cutting out now so we’ll see.

  12. #26 by magpiesue on January 2, 2019 - 23:25

    If you’ve sewn jeans I can’t imagine a coat will give you much trouble! Love the shortie pj set you made. (Oh, to be that young again! Then again, maybe not.) Well done, all the way around. 🙂 Wishing you and yours the best of 2019!

    • #27 by tialys on January 3, 2019 - 12:08

      I’ll be cutting out the coat this week along with all the bits of interfacing and the lining so, if I manage that before next Wednesday’s meet up with my sewing buddy, we might start the assembling 😱

  13. #28 by KerryCan on January 4, 2019 - 12:21

    That photo of your daughter is adorable–what a good sport she is! The gifts you made are amazing–so beautifully crafted and also so well-matched to the recipient. As always, your skill for sewing blows my mind!

    • #29 by tialys on January 5, 2019 - 10:52

      Thanks Kerry. I can (very vaguely) remember a time when I didn’t mind having my photo taken.

  14. #30 by dezertsuz on January 9, 2019 - 05:28

    Cute pajamas and a wonderful bit of tailoring on the shirt. I’m impressed that a coat is on your list for this year!

    • #31 by tialys on January 9, 2019 - 09:24

      Well, I’ve got to the ‘all cut out and interfaced’ bit, let’s hope I can impress you once I start sewing it together.

  15. #32 by Thimberlina on January 9, 2019 - 12:15

    Lovely gifts 😍😍😍, I’d say your sewing skills have gone up many notches! I often find the thought of doing new things is harder than actually doing them.

    • #33 by tialys on January 9, 2019 - 12:22

      Well, let’s hope so as I’ve just cut out my coat and all the bits and pieces that go with it – I’m hoping that was the hardest part.
      Though I doubt it.

  16. #34 by rosejasm on January 14, 2019 - 09:42

    Those PJs are just amazing! The bias binding on the top a perfect touch – love it!

    • #35 by tialys on January 14, 2019 - 11:30

      Thank you, in this case it was certainly true that necessity is the mother of invention.

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