Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Mint Chocolate Chip Carolyn Pajamas, Round Four Challenge

Wow, We are already on Round 4! The Super Online Sewing Match has been a wonderful experience for me this summer. I have looked forward to each challenge because I have learned many new sewing techniques throughout this adventure. In Round 4 we were asked to make Carolyn Pajamas from Closet Case Files. I usually wear a t-shirt and sweatpants so this addition to my wardrobe was sorely needed. Thank you!!!
Carolyn Pajamas pants
Straight away, I decided that I was going to use piping! This was a bit of a challenge for me since my only experience with piping was with decorative pillows and handbags. I ordered my fabric from Sew Modern and began to practice piping everything. 
pocket
Thank you Sew Modern for sending my fabric so quickly to me. As I was waiting for my fabric to arrive, I made a muslin of the top and shorts to check fitting. I am a size 6, however, I am 5',1" (if I am standing up straight, with good posture) and this pattern was written for an average height of 5',6". 
Inside seams of Top
I had to shorten the top and the pajama bottoms by a few inches to make it petite enough for my frame. When I shortened the front and back bodice pieces, that changed the lapel facings, as well as the pocket and button placements. I am so glad that I had the time to check everything and test it out before cutting into my new Sew Modern fabric.
Faux fly
Once my fabric arrived my original plan was thrown out the window. I had purchased Michael Miller pinhead dots in sea foam and stone. I was going to make a simple spa like set of pajamas. Although, when I opened the fabric package, the fabric was mint in color and that is when it hit me, I had to make Mint Chocolate Chip Pajamas! 
Pants Side
My favorite summertime treat is diving into a mint chocolate chip ice cream from a local creamery in town. This delicious dessert is the inspiration for my mint chocolate chip pajamas! The cool refreshing mint is scooped up in Michael Miller's pinhead dots and the sweet chocolate is drizzled with piping, ribbon and buttons. This delectable creation is simple and sophisticated at the same time. 
Close up Collar
I decided to make the shorts, pants and short sleeve top because we are at the end of  summer and fall will arrive soon, with a chill in the air. The shorts are adorable and I could see making a pair for everyday wear. The Carolyn Pajamas pattern starts by making the bottoms first and I think that is great because even without the top you can wear the pajama bottoms. 
Bow
Then it moves into the top instructions. I have to admit the top gave me a few challenges, especially during the notched collar part. Again, I was so glad that I made it twice, practice makes perfect.  Heather, from Closet Case Files, wrote a wonderful blog post about the notched collar and lapel installation, this was a tremendous help. I used 3 pressure feet; an open toe foot for stitching in the ditch, a zipper foot for the piping and my standard foot. The only changes I made to the pattern was adding piping to the pockets of my shorts and pants. I also added ribbon to the top pocket and above the faux fly.
Carolyn Pajama shorts
After creating these cute pajamas I couldn't help but think of an entire line of Delectable Designs, sweet ice cream flavored pajamas; cookies and cream, strawberry with whip cream, vanilla fudge ripple or rocky road. Each one with an ice cream fabric and extra toppings sprinkled on top. What would your favorite flavor ice cream pajamas be? Wouldn't they make great sleepover party or bridesmaids gifts? 
Good Morning
I have plans to make myself warmer pajamas in the winter. Maybe for the whole family now that I have the notched collar technique down. Thank you so much for hosting this competition Kristin and Beth from Sew Mama Sew! Thank you Sew Modern for the wonderful fabric and thank you Heather Lou for a great pattern, I have to try your Ginger Jeans! Can't wait to see the other contestants entries and the sewing communities entries too!
Size: 6
Notions: Dark Brown Ribbon, piping and buttons
Best Wishes and tons of Stitches!

24 comments:

Ginger said...

Your pj's look great!

Leah Williams said...

Thank you Ginger. I have felt sew spoiled this summer receiving so much fabric and wonderful patterns.

Ramona said...

I love your pj's! My daughter loves this style of pj's. She calls them old men pj's but yours certainly don't look like old men ones! They are gorgeous.

ShanniLoves said...

omg these are so adorable!

Leah Williams said...

Thank you Ramona and Shanni! I am so glad you like them. They were a lot of fun to make.

Shannon said...

I love your fabric choice, and it looks great with the piping and bows! It's so much fun seeing everyone's take on this pattern.

miss kate said...

So pretty! I love mint green and chocolate brown together. :-)

Leah Williams said...

Thank you Shannon, I agree, it is awesome to see everyones take on the selected pattern each week. Miss Kate, Now I look for color inspiration everywhere, even in food. lol Thank you for stopping by.

Teresa said...

Oh man, now I'm craving mint chocolate chip ice cream! I love all of the piping you used and the bows are a great addition! This competition is intense, everyone is so talented!

Leah Williams said...

Thanks Teresa, BTW- I wanted to ask you about the guitar t-shirt you are wearing in your blog post. I teach music and it looked really cool! Where did you find it?

Barbara Carlon said...

Your pajamas are really yummy! I love your inspiration and yes, ice cream pajamas is a wonderful concept! Good Luck!

michelle @ sewnhenge said...

Cute concept and cute pajamas! I would HATE to be a judge! These are all so good :)

Rachel @ Pigs In Pajamas said...

I totally love these! Adorable and well done!

Leah Williams said...

Thank you! I feel very fortunate to be in this competition!

Teresa said...

Thanks Leah...it's a Slow Loris T shirt. I bought it a while ago, but it's super comfy. I think the site is slowshirts.com

Leah Williams said...

Awesome Thanks Teresa.

Titanium Woman said...

Wow, these turned out beautifully!! Congratulations!

Leah Williams said...

Thank you, they are so comfortable to wear!

Kyema Bialick said...

These are gorgeous! You look so great, perfect fabric and pattern matching. P.S. Mint chocolate chip is my favorite too! I should make my mom a pair for her birthday, she would love these.

Leah Williams said...

Thank you Kyema! Definitely make a pair for Mom she will love them!

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

GAH....your jammies are adorable! And...like, Teresa, I'm craving mint chocolate chip ice cream. Seriously, your pj's are that inspiring! Best of Luck to the next round!

powertoolswiththread.com said...

Girl, you knocked this phase of the challenge out of the park. You OWNED this. Your PJ's look absolutely fabulous and totally like you picked them up in a New York boutique! And the idea of Ice Cream Jammies? MONEY! If you have the time, you'd have steady orders in an Etsy shop. I have the Carolyn pattern and I hope mine turn out as well as yours. Love the bows. :) Too cute!

Leah Williams said...

Thank you Sue and @Powertoolswiththread, I really appreciate all of the comments. You made my day!

Arisha Dash said...

You look great! Pajama is like from boutique. Mint color is fabulous. Tell me please, what is brand of it? If I`m not mistaken it`s Cosabella http://www.cosabella.com/en-us ?