How are you? Where have I been? Well… no where exciting, actually. Just a bit tired and then we went camping over the Easter weekend. I’ve now caught up with the laundry and the housework and fancy a bit of sewing.
Karen of Did You Make That has come up with a wonderful sew along. Pyjamas!
This is a genius idea and brilliant timing for a number of reasons:
All my PJs have died and I didn’t replace them as I’m normally a nudey-rudey sleeper (sorry if that’s a bit too much information!) or a t-shirt and knickers if it’s a bit cold.
After camping I desperately need some as tracky-b’s are not comfy to sleep in and trying to get dressed when half asleep is not fun.
Tracky-b’s are also too long and get wet from the grass
PJs are the most comfortable piece of clothing known to man!
So, why didn’t I replace the ones that died? Erm, because I live in a centrally heated house and haven’t been camping since their demise. If I’m just mooching around at home I have a really comfy pair of jersey maternity trousers that I wear, or my tracky-b’s. Both have been seen on this blog and neither are particularly flattering!
So, I now have a pattern for my PJs:
I’m using McCall’s 5248. Basically because it was a useable ‘set’ and didn’t include a dog jumper or remote control holder or anything else weird. Plus it was on sale at my local fabric store so only cost me £4.89, which would be about the same as getting it online after the postage has been added. I discovered that I’m too stingy to pay a lot for a basic pattern such as this and currently too lazy to draft one of my own, I’m ashamed to say.
Anyhoo, I could feasibly make the robe part of this pattern in the future. The cami may be made sooner if I go the matchy-matchy route.
Fabric wise, I’m using this fabric that I’ve nicknamed ‘flaming plaid’ just because of the colours. It was on sale at £1.95m when I bought the pattern and I’ve got 3m of it. I’m hoping to get two pairs of trousers from it, or a pair of trousers and a cami.
The other fabric I intend to use is this vintage cotton sheet I bought last year I think. As it’s a double there’s enough for several pairs of trousers and tops, or a full set of robe, trousers and cami… I love the colour of the turquoise blue flowers.
Finally I have the rose print cotton lawn type fabric which would be very light and floaty, feminine jammies. I have a Sorbetto that I made with this top that I sleep in as it came up a little short which is very comfy.
So, my recipe for my JimmaJamma’s is:
3/4 length trousers to keep them out of the wet
Elasticated waist to hit around belly button height
There’s not a lot more I can say about them really! I may make the cami, or pleat-less sorbetto’s or even sleeve less v-neck Renfrew’s for the top half. Or maybe my old, ratty t-shirt will stay. I might add ribbon to give the illusion of the trousers having a tie, or maybe some lace at the hem, or some cuffs in a self or contrasting fabric. With such a simple canvas, there are so many possibilities! It’s going to be fun…