Let me tell you, I have been sewing up a storm! I seem to have gotten into a rhythm and now I can’t get away from my sewing machine. I’ve got lots to show you, but it doesn’t seem to be making it up on the blog because I really dislike taking photos of myself. I promise I’ll get some of my makes up soon though!
For now, let’s look at some slouchy, cozy pyjama’s I made for my Mum’s birthday!
My Mum Avril loves babushka dolls (she has an amazing collection of them!) so when I saw this super warm and soft fleece from Spotlight I knew I had to make some PJs out of it for her. It feels so nice, I kept stroking it as I was sewing (yeah Mum, sorry, that’s a bit creepy). I used McCall’s 5992, views B and E. There’s a cute dog coat included in the pattern that I plan on making for her two Jack Russell’s – haha!
Overall the pattern was okay. The only issue I had was that the sleeves were ridiculously long, I had to size them down a lot. The pattern didn’t call for piping but I really wanted to give it a go because I am
crazy ambitious a go-getter and I thought it would give them a nice finish. I was surprised by how easy it was actually! I used a piping foot and made the piping using bias strips. I had a a bit of difficulty with the finishes of the piping, but if you don’t look too closely it’s not too obvious.
I’m really proud of the buttonholes – I feel like I’ve got the hang of them now! They’re a bit wavy but neat. I attempted some pattern matching on the pocket, but I think the shirt front must have been a bit off when I cut it, so the pocket is a bit crooked. Oops.
Look – I’ll show you the insides! I don’t have an over locker, and I really wish I did after this make! The fleece doesn’t fray but I just love the finished look you get from overlocking. I zigzagged the seams to neaten them up a bit, so I guess that will have to do.
The one thing that really annoyed me about this pattern is that the facing doesn’t extend all the way to the back of the neck – it stops at the shoulders. Maybe that’s to keep bulk down? It seems though there is as much bulk on the sides of the collar as the back though, so next time if I make this I will probably draft a back neck facing. Unfortunately I ran out of time to do it this time (darn piping!).
The trousers are just plain trackies with an elasticised waist. I added some piping in the side seams to jazz it up a bit. I ommitted the drawstring because I forgot to leave a gap for it in the waistband, and then I realised I didn’t actually have any fabric for them. Oh well. The only thing that went wrong with these is that I made them too short! Oops!
Overall, I’m pretty proud with this make. In the actual construction of it I was stressing out about all the imperfections. Normally I’d not worry about what can’t be seen but because I was making this for someone else they all seemed magnified about 10 fold. After looking at these pics though, I feel better about it. I’m actually amazed at myself – I only started sewing clothes a few months ago and this would have been really daunting to me in the beginning. Yay! Go me!
I also got my Mum tickets to see The Rocky Horror Show which is playing in Adelaide at the moment. It was amazing! We had such a great time. Here’s an instasnap of us with a cardboard Columbia. The blouse I’m wearing is actually one I made myself! I should blog about that next.
Happy birthday Mum! I hope you like your PJs 🙂