@lisa_loynes sews Posh PJs!
Hi lovely sewing peeps…
I am so pleased to be on the Sew Crafty Design Team along with a great bunch of talented sewists some of whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in real life too!
Sammy asked us to put together a wish list of fabric and haberdashery and a plan of what we would make. I quickly got to work browsing the online shop. It was a gorgeous sunny morning and I was sat having coffee dreaming of sitting outside on a balcony somewhere hot whilst drinking it in luxury pyjamas. Then it hit me….I would make said pyjamas for my first project! I chose to make the Nina Lee London Piccadilly Pjs in a gorgeously soft white cotton dobby. Now….anyone who knows me will know that me and white are a definite no no! I’m way too clumsy for coffee in white pyjamas however it was in my head so I went with it and I’m sooo glad I did! I trimmed them with mint green bias binding which I added a fancy lace edge stitch from my machine in a slightly deeper turquoise embroidery thread and little bow shaped mint green buttons.
I had previously made these and they were a little on the large side so decided to size down with this pair. Other than sizing down the only other change I made was to use the pocket piece from the Closet Case Carolyn Pyjamas.
I tested a little of the bias with the lace edge to see if would work. I gotta admit, I’m not one to make things easy for myself, I decided to go ahead with my plan. After all they were gonna be pure luxury right? I hadn’t anticipated how long it would take as I had to wash out the stabiliser and leave it to dry before I could do anything with it. I set to work and cut all the pieces of bias for each pattern piece, placed the water soluble stabiliser under it as the machine basically stitches onto the stabiliser then when it’s washed out leaves your lacy edge. Voila!!
As I’d changed the pocket pieces I had a bit more room to play with so decided to use the embroidery machine to do some fancy motifs on the pockets to match the buttons. I’ve never embroidered onto dobby fabric before but it worked out just perfectly.
Construction was pretty straight forward and once I got started they progressed relatively quickly. I made sure to use plenty of pins around the sleeve head an armsyce. I didn’t want any mishaps at this late stage!
Now, it was time to put the buttonholes in and buttons on. I hear lots of people saying they have issues with their machine “not liking” buttonholes but I’ve never had an issues whatsoever with any of my Pfaff machines. I always use the buttonhole gauge to get the placement of my buttons precise. This pattern calls for 6 buttons but I only had 5 so decided to rework them to fit. I ended up only using 4. I started by finding the buttonhole that would sit where the full bust is as I wanted to make sure that there was no gaping and put a pin in it.
Once all the buttonholes were in place I put on Fray Check. I use this on all my makes as I feel the buttonholes look neater if this is used. Once this had dried I used my buttonhole chisel (another invaluable item in my sewing room after a disaster using my un-picker for opening buttonholes!!)
I decided at this point that a fully elastic waistband would be adequate as so skipped the tie waist as per the pattern. I made the waistband pieces as the pattern but attached the waistband, folded it over then stitched round leaving a gap to thread the elastic through using a safety pin. This worked out just fine and I was glad I’d done this. All that was left was to attach the label so that I put them on the right way round! I always attach a post it note to the front or back until I’ve attached a garment label as sometimes it can get a bit confusing which way round they go.
All that remained to do was sit in my chair with a glass of something bubbly in the sunshine to take piccies for my blogpost.
I am super happy with how they turned out and my fabric choice. The cotton dobby washed, ironed and sewed like an absolute dream and it is so perfectly white. These really did turn out to be my luxury pyjamas. If you fancy making yourself some, Sew Crafty have this dobby in a few different colourways on their website.
If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading.
See you next month!