Clearly you’re not a golfer.

Last weekend Chris and I went to see the Big Lebowski at Seattle Outdoor Cinema. I like to think I have a few things in common with the Dude. I think a rug can tie a room together. I like cocktails, but I prefer a margarita to a white Russian. I also like spending most of my time in my pyjamas. And to be honest, a lot of my pjs are so old (erm… well-loved) that they’re beginning to look like the Dude’s. I don’t leave the house in them (I do have standards) but it’s time to put a bit more elegance into my lie-ins and lounging.

The-Big-Lebowski

Goals. Source.

I picked up the Carolyn pyjamas by Closet Case Patterns a few weeks ago, attracted by the details – I’ve never done a notched collar, nor have I inserted piping before. It’s been pretty warm here over the last few weeks and sleeping in full length pjs is a bit uncomfortable so Version C with its shorts and short-sleeved top was the perfect option.

Front

As luck would have it, the perfect fabric was sitting under my nose. One day, as I was enjoying a particularly long lie-in, it hit me – my Ikea duvet cover (the Nypronos – available in blue or grey) would make awesome pjs. Now, I wasn’t about to cut my duvet cover up just to scratch that particular itch. I took my scissors to a new set instead, figuring that I’d be able to get at least a pair of pjs each for me and Chris out of it, and then keep the pillowcases for their original purpose. I wasn’t wrong – so far I’ve only made the Carolyns out of it, but with around four metres of extra wide fabric to play with I think I can squeeze out a pair of full-length pj trousers for me as well. Not bad for $30, AND I reused the buttons!

Side

I tried “come to bed” eyes but failed.

This was my first time using Closet Case Patterns and I was largely pleased with the experience. The pattern is well drafted, and almost everything came together easily. I appreciated the extra instructions about using piping and was so pleased with my first efforts that I immediately posted a pic on Instagram. The novelty didn’t wear off either – Chris probably got sick of me waxing lyrical about piping and how professional and neat it looks. That aside, I would have liked a bit more hand-holding on the notched collar, but Heather had included a detailed post on her website. I followed that and everything turned out peachily.

Back

I made the shirt first and really took my time over it. I feel like it’s paid off, too. I’ve managed to pattern match, which doesn’t always happen on my makes. It’s a shame that the under collar isn’t the top collar, because the pattern matching on that is a thing of beauty. Part of the reason I’m so pleased with it all is the fabric. It is basically chambray, so sewing and pressing it was a dream (which is weird cos usually I hate ironing duvet covers). As a result it’s turned out really crisp, and once finished I was convinced I could wear it out in the real world. Chris then pointed out that I looked like a nurse, so that dream was crushed.

I left the shorts till last, mainly because I wasn’t sure about my pattern grading. To accommodate my child-bearing hips, I graded from a 10 to a 16 from the pocket notch. As they’re quite short shorts (i.e. the shortest shorts you will ever see me wearing), there isn’t a great deal of space to grade between sizes. This means that the cuffs don’t quite fit properly and stick out a little bit, but not enough to put me off wearing them. Next time I’ll take a proper look at the pattern and adjust accordingly but right now I’m just glad they fit round my legs!

Shorts

Mike Rotch! Mike Rotch! Has anyone seen Mike Rotch! Seriously though, there’s a faux-fly in there if you look carefully.

So in short, I’m pretty enamoured with these pjs and I can see myself spending a LOT of time in them over the next few months. They are super comfortable and perfect for lounging about the house on lazy weekend mornings. When winter comes round I can see myself making more so I can gradually replace my tatty pyjamas with something a bit more put together. I hope the Dude would abide.

Bed

Attempting to pattern match my bedding.

On the cutting table: June

So I spent most of yesterday glued to the UK election coverage. There were snacks and Dimbleby. It was awesome. While I’m worried about what the Tory/DUP coalition will bring, how long it will last and what effect that will have on Brexit, I’m suddenly more optimistic for Labour. Fingers crossed they can continue to put aside their differences and form the effective and coherent opposition that’s been MIA for too long. I hope my optimism lasts…

Anyway, let’s put the hot takes to one side and talk about sewing instead! The weather is definitely on the turn here in Seattle. The rain finally seems to be abating and it seems like summer might just be on the way. And of course, I have not prepped for this at all! This months plans are basically panic represented through the medium of sewing.

Despite not finishing my quilt last month (I didn’t want to swathe myself in a duvet in the summer, sorry not sorry), I did manage to make four things in May, so I’m sticking to the four items rule:

  • One day I looked at my duvet cover and decided that it would look awesome as a pair of pyjamas. As you do. So I bought another and the Closet Case Patterns Carolyn pj pattern and decided that would be a good idea. As all I have are winter pjs, these will be short in the leg and the sleeve and if Chris is lucky he may get a pair too (obvs done in a man’s pattern).
  • Running tights. I’ve recently taken up running again and I have a problem with tights. If I choose a size to fit my waist, the leg seams cut into my legs causing unsightly bulges. If I choose a size to fit my legs, they’re too big round the waist and end up falling down as I run, which is a bad look. I’m going to try the Seamwork Aries leggings, with the intention of grading to fit my weird body.
Aries leggings

Source. I wish I was this bendy.

  • I love the new Penny dress from Sew Over It (available via their PDF Club at the moment, but launching IRL later this month I think). Of course I would. It’s by Sew Over It and it’s a shirt dress. I’ve ordered some lovely rayon from Hart’s Fabric that I can’t wait to sew up, cos it will be super cool and lightweight. Bring it on.
  • Sub point. The Penny dress looks suspiciously similar to the current SOI sewalong in Simply Sewing in the UK. If you’ve already bought the magazine you could probably hack it into a Penny by shortening the skirt and lopping off the sleeves. Just sayin’.

What are you making this month?