Well, pjs of roses anyway – and other flowers! I’ve been on a pj making spree lately, I’ve got two sets of Carolyn Pjs of my own now (one still to bog), and here’s a pair I’ve made for Daughter No 2 to take back to Uni in September.
It wasn’t in the plan to make her another pair just yet, but in moving my fabric from boxes in my bedroom cupboard to shelves in a different cupboard, I rediscovered this pretty fabric – not quite believing there was still so much of it left! I’ve already made two dresses from it, here and here. I really don’t know what made me think, “This’ll make perfect pjs”, but I did. So I sent a snapchat asking permission to make pajamas with the floral fabric and got a thumbs up in reply, but longer sleeves and trousers please.
So I dug out the Burda magazine I’d used before, December 2014, and traced the sleeve from the nightshirt/gown version of the pattern, as well as the cropped trousers. The patterns are 133 for the top, 134 for the gown/nightshirt and 135 for the trousers. The trousers went together really easily, I left off piping and used contrasting pink topstitching instead. The trouser hems have a facing which negates the need to mitre hems, that saves time! 🙂 I sewed on a length of green reversible satin ribbon at the front, good tip for identifying which way round they go on.
The top is pretty much the same as last time, apart from the sleeves. The patch pockets have more pink topstitching, and I left out the cuff at the hem of the sleeve. We were after a 3/4 length. Pink buttonholes and stripey buttons complete the look. I did try yellow or green but I didn’t have the right shade and was determined everything should come from the stash!
Can you believe, there is still enough of this fabric to make something else!?!? I might leave it for a bit and make some little girl’s dresses from it. I have a friend who is moving to New Zealand later this year so I’ll wait until they’re settled and send a box of goodies!
In the meantime, I have a dedicated sewing room!! Can you believe it? I love my new space. It’s not complete yet, but it’s suitable for sewing! I still need storage on the walls, all the fabric is still in other rooms and cupboards (and the loft!), but the vintage patterns are here and the majority of the Burda magazines I “need” to use this year. And I have space for two machines out at once without having to shift them over to use them. It’s bliss…..
11 thoughts on “Sleep in a Bed of Roses”
Love those pajamas and that fabulous fabric! You’ve inspired me to improve my sleeping wardrobe which is tee shirts and cast offs.
I decided this year to finally rid myself of those track pants and large baggy tees, afterall, why shouldn’t our sleepwear be as nice as our daywear??
Such beautiful jammies. I really need to up my game too. And congratulations on your lovely new space. A sewing room of one’s own is a joy!
Oh, tell me about it!! It’s my little part of heaven! 🙂
Lovely pj set, Anne! Can’t believe there’s still more of the fabric. Am certain your friend will love dresses for her girls – so thoughtful of you!
I couldn’t believe I hadn’t used it all up by now!
the pjs are lovely! But just how much of that fabric did you purchase? Must have been a whole bolt?
Haha, it was quite a pile! I got it from a vintage shop in Tewkesbury, and it really was a pile!
these look so super comfy. I love the pleat in the back.
Thanks, daughter no2 loves this pattern because of that pleat, makes it easier to move around at night.
Wow! You did a wonderful job matching the print across the front of the pj top. My compliments!