‘Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring… except me, speed sewing two pairs of Carolyn pyjama pants!
I could come up with lots of justifications for why I bought the pattern on a whim and sewed 2 pairs in 4 hours… but let’s be honest, it was a combination of self-indulgence, distracting myself from stress, and the thrill of the make!
Size wise, I’m right in between the size 18 and 20. I sewed up the shorts version in size 20 first, and as you can see, they turned out rather large! There’s an unflattering bloomer effect. Oh well – better too big than too small! (I’m not really sure why sewing the shorts version as a muslin seemed smart to me – it’s a whole separate PDF, so I had to do twice the taping! I do appreciate that it’s differently drafted, and not just the pants cut shorter.)
The fabric for both pairs in Liberty craft cotton that I bought online while I still live in Japan. I love the bold prints and saturated colours, and Im’ happy to get the fabric out and enjoyed after 5 years in the stash!
There’s something really lovely about sewing with wovens, I have to say, and I thoroughly enjoyed following the excellent instructions. I made the long trousers in size 18, which is a much better fit. I’ve been wearing them for 2 days almost non-stop, and they are really comfy!
It’s a lovely pattern, with lots of nice details: a cleanly finished waistband, roomy pockets, my first faux fly, and cuffs that are just perfect for adding piping. (I used chartreuse ricrac as piping for both of my pairs, and I love how it looks!) The elastic is stitched to the waistband in the front, back and sides, so it doesn’t roll. The only thing I’d change is to add more height in the back rise – I could use an extra inch!
Less successfully, I made a last minute t-shirt to wear with the pjs… but ugh, cotton lycra, I don’t like you one bit!
Say hi to my in-laws basement, and their English bulldog Dexter. Note how he appears no more lifelike than the toy bulldogs on the fireplace!
The fabric is Laguna jersey, and the pattern is the Kristen kimono tee. Somehow it managed to be simultaneously too tight, too baggy, too stiff, and shows my bra lines! Even my husband commented on the awkward fit – and then I insisted on showing him the same pattern sewn in rayon jersey, and how much nicer it looks. Rayon, you are my true love forever!
Dexter thought that I really should be playing with him instead of taking selfies with a tripod and remote…
Overall, I’m really happy with my pyjamas, and I’ve been wearing them non-stop. I’d highly recommend the pattern, and I could see sewing them as gifts. I might even sew the top one day, if I ever have enough yardage on hand!