As discussed in a previous post I used Simplicity 5364 and used a lovely raspberry plaid seersucka (there you go Anne). I will not go into the sizing of this pattern for a second time. I mentioned previously that I was a little short on fabric and was going to make capris. When laying out the pattern I realized I could cut it on the cross grain and make the PJ's full length. So I did.
|Jasper (left) and Ricky indicating their approval of the new pyjamas. The t-shirt I already had and it matches perfectly.|
This seersucka is a very firm fabric, other seersuckas I have seen have been lighter weight and have had a softer hand. This stuff is kinda springy. It takes a press very well, but I am certain that after washing the seam allowance would bounce back and dig into me. So being somewhat resistant to having to iron pyjamas (lazy slob that I am), I decided to edge stitch all the seam allowances down. Worked like a hot damn. I, of course did this after I had assembled the side seams and inner leg seam, so some muttering, cursing and having the tongue in the right position was required. The other thing I did differently was the waist, the directions called for just elastic, I prefer elastic with a drawstring as well. I like being able to make the waist tighter or looser as the case may be. So I made two buttonholes and thread a string thingy through it. Easy peasy.
|I expect everyone to be dazzled by my ability to match plaids. You can just see the edge stitching.|
|The waist, the pink stringy thing matches the fabric exactly, but you wouldn't know this by this picture.|
I mentioned that I made a pair for my friend as well. She consented to modelling them for me and all of you. Be sure to notice her clever accessorizing. The turquoise socks matching her fleece jacket. Such a slave to fashion. Her jammies are made from cotton flannelette, thrifted also. At some point in the near future I will be making a top to match the bottoms as I have several miles more of this, or maybe it just seems like it. It is such a happy print, isn't it? Insulin anyone?
All in all a very successful project. See Part two for my reading material on my bedside table.
Edited: I forgot to thank Karen for a really fun and easy sew along. Great job Karen! Thank You!