Sweeeet Carolyn…

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…hmm hmm hmm…  Well only half a Carolyn, actually.  Still, they’re an ace half, so I’m sharing anyway, as I’m not going to get the top finished today.  You can show up to a pyjama party half-dressed, right?  One of my not-really-resolutions is to not allow my sewing to be a source of stress.  If it’s not done, it’s not done, end of.

This was literally THE ONLY photo not containing a blurred child.
This was literally THE ONLY photo not containing a blurred child.

So, back to my half-assed pyjamas (I do actually have the top in progress…).   I mentioned in my previous post about the pattern-matching zeal I began cutting these out with.  Well, I cut out the top first…  By the time I got to the shorts I was losing the will.  For some reason I found it IMPOSSIBLE to work out where the centre-front seam would be, so I decided to match the side-seams instead.  Oh, and the cuffs!  Check out the cuffs!  The bits that do match, match well, so we’ll just say who’s gonna be staring at my fly anyway, OK?

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I’m using a length of Liberty Carline poplin I’ve been looking at guiltily for a while.  I bought it online, intending to make a dress, but the colourway does me no favours.  I couldn’t face making a dress out of such lovely fabric, knowing it would hang unworn in the wardrobe.  Pyjamas are the perfect use for fabric like this – I can enjoy it’s gorgeousness while not caring how unhealthy I look.  Now I’ve made the shorts, I can see how I could use the remainder of the length for a skirt or shorts, where it won’t be next to my face.

The pattern has impressed me so far – I had high expectations and it doesn’t disappoint.  I’ve wanted to make a Closet Case Files pattern for ages, but the previous patterns have all required a bit more commitment than I have to spare at the minute (swimsuit fabric, stretch-knit, jeans… aaaargh).

Heather Lou has done great posts on making and applying piping, so I read through them first as I’ve never used piping before, but the printed instructions are excellent.  Great diagrams and really clear language.  I also like that everything (so far) is machine-finished.  I love hand-sewing, but not for garments that go through the wash.

I’ve made my own piping – it’s just green craft cotton, which is probably a bit stiff for the job, but then the poplin is on the crisp side for this pattern anyway.  It’s working fine so far!   I am now addicted to piping – I was a bit worried whether I’d be able to get the stitching close enough, but then I found this old singer zip foot (see, hoarding is good!): WP_001424

Once attached, you can adjust it side-to-side with the screw at the back, so I fixed it with the needle right at the edge.  It works amazingly well – I honestly don’t think I’d have found it easier with a piping foot.  Plus I’d have to change machines – I’m still using the Jones with the weird offset needle.

What else?  Well, we had a slow start – I couldn’t work out for ages why the machine was playing up.  I’d threaded it wrong.  In my defence, it’s a relatively new-to-me machine, and it threads differently to my others, but still.  By the time I realised, I’d sewn half the shorts, very swearily.  The second half went much better!

I’ll leave you with a few guts photos, as it was just impossible to model them properly with the constant child-attacks…  Maybe when I’ve completed the set eh?

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…gah, thread tails!

Have a lovely week!  Do you plan to make yourself some posh pyjamas?  I’m really looking forward to seeing all the Carolyns – I can’t wait to finish mine off now!

Take care,

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2 thoughts on “Sweeeet Carolyn…

    1. Thank you! It feels gorgeous too, lucky the colour makes me look ill or it would’ve been a shirtdress by now!
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