Yes…. I have finally finished my Carolyn Pajamas….. after only 1.5 years. This project may have upset my Vogue Cape as the longest sewing WIP.
I actually started this intending to post it to Allie J’s Social Sew– RIP 😥 But, obviously did not quite finish it in time.
This is my first crack at the Carolyn Pajamas and my first crack at a Closet Case Pattern (hooray branching out!)….. so of course I choose the most complicated version- Version B with piping…. And no muslin! Shock, HORROR…. Liz not muslin!!! What is the world coming to??!?!
Yes! Partly in order to save time so I could finish in time for the Social Sew [HAHAHAhaha…HAHAhaha :-D], but also because it seems very silly to muslin a pair of pajamas Therefore, I cut straight into my fabric- Kaufman Shetland Flannel Herringbone in Navy…..and surprisingly enough it worked out!
I really like the fabric! It takes stitching really well in that way where the thread just sinks in 🙂 Unfortunately, I have noticed some piling on the bottoms which have already gotten a few washes 😦
I dug through my Grandmother’s button collection and hemmed & hawed about the buttons. I finally decided on these, rather large, white buttons. I think they’re made out of shell or mother of pearl… or something? You’ll notice there’s only 4, whereas the pattern calls for 5- how very astute of you! Yeah… despite my exhaustive digging I could only find 4, but it actually works since they’re so big.
Also… after sewing all the button holes I discovered I had actually bought buttons specifically for this project and “cleverly” tucked them in my project bag… where upon I promptly forgot about them! But I actually like my vintage buttons a lot better 😀
As I said before this was my first Closet Case Pattern…. despite owning like 5… I have a hoarding problem
The directions took some getting used to…. there wasn’t as many pictures as I would like, being a very visual learner. But the two tutorials Heather did on sewing the piping and the notch collar were invaluable!
FYI: I did NOT make my own piping- because I may be crazy, but I’m not fucking crazy 😉 I used this one. Also, this pattern uses A LOT of piping, despite the minimum order I only have one full package left.
I shortened both the pants and top by about 1 inch, but it’s still a little too long….Heather is a GIANT!! …..Or more likely I am very short, either way, just be forewarned all my vertically challenged sewing friends 😉
I’m wondering if I maybe even need to go down a size?? I’ve lost about 10 pounds since the time I started on this… ugh I just realized I may have to re-trace all those little pieces 😦
Overall, I really like this pattern! It’s stylish AND incredibly comfortable…. I already have an absurd amount of fabric for other versions- including a super cute summer version!
In the meantime, this will nicely fill my winter pajama hole… and none too soon! We got 2 inches of snow last night!!
This marks my first make in my 2018 Make Nine Challenge!! Woohoo- one down eight to go 😉