Supernova Tofino’s

I love wearing dresses and cute tops and skirts that I’ve made. I also love coming home at the end of the day and putting on something that I can lounge around in comfortably. Enter the Tofino pattern by Sewaholic!


I’d intended to make these at the time Karen ran her Tofino PJ party but didn’t have time to make PJs in the run up to my sister’s wedding. So these were made a while ago but definitely after the pyjama party. I absolutely adore the fabric and have to say a massive thank you to Kate at M is for Make in helping me select the right coloured solid turquoise blue to go with the Supernova fabric. I made the piping in navy and I don’t find it uncomfortable to sleep on.

In fact these have been keeping me company in Preston whilst I’m on a course for work. It’s nice to end the day lounging on the bed wearing these and a vest top whilst catching up with what you’re all up to and watching a bit of telly.

I did alter the pattern a little in that I took some of the width off the leg pattern and added it to the side panel to get a better balance between the two. I also lopped an insane amount off the leg length (a not uncommon adjustment with these!) and they still drag on the floor a little when I walk, but I like to be able to tuck my feet into them when on the sofa. Helps to keep my toes warm as I’m not a great fan of slippers; I’d much rather be in bare feet. Other than that they’re made as per the instructions and were a very fast and satisfying make. Not a lot more to say really other than these are incredibly comfy and just a little bit more glam than the rest of my PJ collection! I’m looking forward to making some more in a soft flannel for the cooler weather.

Simplicity Giveaway

PS If you fancy winning either of these two Simplicity patterns, please let me know which one you’d like on this post! You have until midnight BST / GMT+1 on Sunday (just before Monday begins!)

You’ve Got The Moon On Your Pyjamas, And The Stars In Your Eyes…

I have to thank Mr Paul Weller for the post title as it’s the first two lines of the chorus to “Moon On Your Pyjamas” and it just seemed perfect to me for the Pyjama Party!

I used McCalls 5248 as the pattern for my PJ trousers.  The pattern has a front and back pattern piece, so an in and out seam, which differs a little from Karen’s pattern.  I also altered the pattern from a drawstring to an elasticated waist, and my technique was the same as the method Karen used.

The first pair (made from a thrifted bed sheet and there is tons of fabric left over…) were a bit too wide in the leg.  I also experimented with making cropped trousers with them too.  Initially they were too short so I added some big cuffs to the bottom to add a bit more length.  They’re comfy, but weird to sleep in as they bunch up round my knees.  I’m gonna keep them though as they’re perfect for warmer evenings when I’m just lounging round the house and (if it ever stops raining and warms up a bit) the garden.

So I altered the pattern by trimming an inch off both the front and back piece of the outer seam to narrow the leg and made two more full length trousers.  These were mainly constructed on my serger, using four threads.  So there’s the second line of stitching reinforcing the seam.  It was one of those ‘Why didn’t I think of that?!’ moments when I read Karen’s post on using a serger to make them.

Anyway, these two were made construction line style, repeating the same process for each of them in turn.  I’d already decided to add a tag so that I could work out which way round they went (mkI pair was marked, post construction, with some sharpie).  But the hanging loop that was suggested was added in too – I used some silver grey rayon seam binding for my loops.

My summer PJs are made from a white cotton lawn printed with pink roses.  It’s much more ditzy than I’d normally go for.  It’s been in my stash since I started sewing and was a cheap eBay win.  I have no idea to its providence and there’s no mark on the selvedge.  The trousers are light as air though and will be lovely if we ever have warm evenings.

To go with them I made the cami length Cinnamon slip from Colette patterns.  All I can say is that this slip is incredibly flattering (and hubby likes it…) and was an absolute cinch to put together, despite being cut on the bias.  I cut a 16 in the body and the cups are an 18.  The only adjustment I’ll make next time is to increase the cup size a bit more as I have a ridiculous size G chest and a little more room would be good!

Then of course there are the flaming plaid trousers.  These need to have an old band tour t-shirt to go with them I think!  But I don’t have one so it’ll be a red or orange vest top.  There is some limited plaid matching going on across the PJs, but there is no matching at all from the front to the back.  And heck, they’re PJs so I’m not going to stress about it.

These are the opposite of my dainty PJs.  They’ve got some weight to them and are really thick and snuggly.  They’ve been worn a lot with a pair of walking socks and a hoodie since they’ve been finished as they’re soooo toasty.  Perfect for curling up and watching a film with mug of hot chocolate, or glass of Vin Chaud. Mmmmmm.

And here’s my bedside table!  As you can see my reading is, well, sewing centric…  Does anyone else find that stuff sticks in their head better if they’ve read it just before going to sleep?

We’ve got Adele Margolis’ book “How To Make Clothes That Fit and Flatter”, the Colette Sewing Handbook, My iPad, “High Fashion Sewing Secrets” by Claire Shaeffer and “Sewing with Sergers.  I haven’t read any fiction for a while.  The last fiction book I read was The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

Actually, I lie a little!  It was really The Gruffalo to Boy for his bedtime story last night.  Can any other parents recite that off by heart too?

I have to admit that making these PJs has got my sewing MoJo back.  I was feeling a bit meh and unmotivated but these quick, easy and satisfying makes have got me back to a happy place.  There are now three, yes three, dresses in the pipeline.  An aqua linen blend Pastille, Harry’s Christening dress and a dress for a “25th wedding anniversary + 50th and 55th Birthday party”!  Oh, and Sewaholic’s new dress pattern would be perfect for work…

And, finally, one of the songs I learnt as a Guide and then passed on to my Guides and then Scouts when I was a young leader:

I wear my pink pajamas, in the summer when it’s hot. 
I wear my flannel nighties In the winter when it’s not. 
And sometimes in the springtime and sometimes in the fall, 
I jump right in between the sheets with nothing on at all

I’m Gonna Have A Dressing Table!

Well, I will do after a little bit of graft!

There's a bit of work to be done...

This is my Stag Minstrel dressing table that I got for free (my favourites ever price for anything!) and it even came with the triple mirror which is deconstructed in these photos ready for the frames to be attacked.  I mean prepped and painted…

I love the drawers and already have a plan:  Underthings and hosiery can go in one, the central drawer is destined for my make-up I think.  My hair dryer, straighteners and epilator can go in one of the bottom drawers.  Another will house my hairbrushes, and styling accoutrements (I do try sometimes with my hair!) and the final drawer will probably end up being somewhere for those things you don’t quite know where to put!

I’m in the process of making a frame for my jewellery so that it can hang on the wall and I can actually see what I’ve got.  I might wear a bit more of it that way too.  Just the simple act of hanging some of my necklaces on a candle sconce has meant that I wear more of them already.  I hope I’ll actually bother to put earrings in too.

But back to my dressing table (doesn’t that sound lady like!  In a good way, not the little britain way)…

I plan on painting is gloss white like the photo above but I’ll do something different with the handles.  I’m not sure what yet though.  Probably an aqua/turquoise blue glass to match the feature wall behind our headboard…

Anyway, interior musings aside, I can’t wait to have a proper dressing table rather than having my stuff on the windowsill!  With those enormous mirrors light shouldn’t be a problem (I hope).  I’ve been looking for a dressing table for so long, I can’t quite believe that after a little work I’ll have one!

This is my first foray into up-cycling a piece of furniture, so please wish me luck!  If you have any words of wisdom or insight, I’d love to hear from you.

Thank you too to everyone who commented on my post about Crochet.  I’ve been perusing YouTube and have some books on order from the library.  I’ve bought some aluminium hooks from eBay that arrived this morning so I think I’ll get some cotton or acrylic yarn when I pop out to run some errands shortly.

And finally, have you seen the give away Karen is running as part of her Pyjama Party?!  Boy did she have fun shopping for that!  I’m currently wearing the first pair and I started two more last night which just need the waist bands doing.  If I don’t get carried away with crocheting later I WILL trace (suzy has an interesting post on this – I trace because my shape is constantly revising itself – Yay!) my Cinnamon pattern so that I’m not just wearing vests or old Ts with my nice new PJs!  It’s embarrassing how long I’ve had the fabric in my stash for the long version of this pattern, but I’ll make the cami length to go with the PJ bottoms that have been constructed so far.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

Why, Hello!

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…