Floral Carolyn Pajamas
I’m so happy to finally have some pretty- and matching-pajamas! These make me feel much more stylish lounging about at home. Especially since I always change into pj’s as soon as we’re in for the day after school. I need more! I’m so glad Heather released this new pattern as it’s just what’s missing in my wardrobe. Plus I finished just in time for the Carolyn Pajama Party !
Carolyn Pajamas, View B w/out piping, Top Sz. 10, Pant Sz. 12, Closet Case Files
Green Thistle Cotton Lawn, 3 Yards (56″), Marcy Tilton
Teal Silk Thread, Gutermann (Col.107) + 5 Matching Buttons + 1 ¼” sport elastic (all from Jo Ann’s)
I fell in love with this thistle print cotton lawn from Marcy Tilton but as I’m trying to stick with more solids in my basic wardrobe I wasn’t sure I’d want such a busy print. But for pajamas it’s perfect, plus the sheerness of the fabric became a non issue. This fabric is really so lovely. And compared to the Liberty fabric I was eyeing a steal! Easy to sew and oh so soft.
I cut my patterns in a size 10 Top and size 12 Pant, View B with cuffs and pocket. My fabric was 56″ Wide and I was able to cut the whole thing with a little less than 3 yards. The fit was a bit tight through the thigh, so I just narrowed my seam allowance. Not a big deal though and easy to fix on my next make. I’m not sure the top is totally my style though with the curved collars. If I make this again I’ll probably redraft to a regular angled collar. But the pants are FABULOUS! I love the shape and fit, the faux fly is super cute, great pockets and they are so comfortable. I’ll be making more of the pants for sure and maybe some shorts too for the summer for Pj’s and regular wear.
The instructions were great and easy to follow, the only part I found tricky was the collar, and that’s all me. I attached it the wrong direction 2x- how I don’t know. It was fiddly to sew but after pressing looks good. I used some linen left over from my Holly to face the collar and iron on interfacing for the placket facing but next time think I’ll skip it. For the waistband I used a sport elastic which was nice and soft but smaller then recommended so I just stitched a second row of topstitching. All my seams are enclosed with french seams and I used bias to cover the interior fly and armhole seams. I love that the insides are as pretty as the outside!
These are so pretty! Love them! My only problem came when I had to figure out where to take pics. Too sheer for outside wear so indoors pics were the logical choice. I wanted to show these pj’s sitting in bed but since we bedshare/cosleep our bedroom is not as beautiful as it once was. :) So once again thanks to my mom for my backdrop! She has a beautiful bedroom with a lovely 4 poster bed. And of course my little Ami had to photo-bomb my shoot with her cuteness!