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!!!
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.
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".
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.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!
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.
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.
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.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?
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!
Notions: Dark Brown Ribbon, piping and buttons
Coffee Mug: Happy Place from Sew Caroline
Best Wishes and tons of Stitches!