Sewist at work – a candid fit-photo in the sewing loft.
It’s time for summer PJs – I’m really really tired of leggings and tees!
I decided to start with a short-sleeved top and long-ish pants.
They’re sewn in Michael Miller ‘Meet Me in the Meadow Spring Bloomers’, a quilting-weight cotton I found on sale at Hancock’s of Paducah.
After my recent angst about Emile, my dress form, and my thoughts of replacing her, I found just I couldn’t do it. I apologized, and we’re still BFFs…
The pants are terrific, so I decided to make a Capri-length pair for street-wear.
I re-used the fabric from a tiered maxi dress that I made in 2015, and have never worn. It was just too much sea life – but I’ve always loved this Tonga Batik from Timeless Treasures Fabrics.
A few sewing notes – this pattern is really well-drafted, so my changes were really for style, not fit.
- I sewed the top in size 12, and the pants in size 14.
- I shortened the pink pants by 7 5/8″ inches, and the octopus pants by another 1 3/8″.
- And I added 1″ to the length of the sleeve.
- Going for comfort, I left off a couple things: the pockets on the top and the yoke on the back of the pants piece. That yoke is kind of a lost detail anyway, and it might be bunchy below the gathered waistband.
- The pattern has lots of piping detail, which I addressed by leaving off most of it, too. On the sleeve and pants bands, I used a contrast broadcloth edging instead. I cut 2″ wide bias strips, folded them in half, and attached them the same way the piping would have been sewn.
More PJs are underway – this is fun, easy sewing.
Bye for now! Coco