April 28, 2012

Pyjama Party Extravaganza!

Friends, here they are! I've been talking about these a bit on me old facebook page. I didn't even finish stitching the last stitch until last night, when me, myself and I had a bit of a slumber party while I slept in them for the night too. Alright slumber party fiends, let's get onto the details.

These pants were a total stash buster. I didn't spend any money on anything new! Yay! I used McCall's 5990 and the fabric here is one that actually belongs in a bed - a thrifted top sheet, which looked barely used and I've had in the stash, with the intention of making into pj bottoms, for sometime now. The cute little polka dotted details are a quilting cotton I had way too much of in the stash and it seemed too perfect not to use with my main fabric! Originally I cut these puppies out and found out that I needed a few alterations. I know, I'm crazy, but I'm seriously kind of weird about how my pj bottoms fit. These needed some extra fabric in the rear and the original pattern was tapered. Now, I don't have anything against tapered pants, but oh my goodness, these were a rather more horrific version of mom jeans. So when all was said and done, I made some alterations to the pattern and cut them out again with just enough fabric to spare.

I added pockets to the front because I'm a pocket addict and besides, who doesn't need pockets to carry little surprises in? Their piped too! I also drafted a sweet pocket for the back, cute huh? This pattern came with hem cuffs instead of the traditional hem and I have to say that I adore this! It's basically just a rectangle that's been folded in two and attached to the bottom of the pant. I used petersham in the waistband (as well as elastic) and also added little tabs at the side and back pocket - a detail I totally love. Kind of gives everything a more finished look, wouldn't you say?

All in all, I would say I went wayyyyyy overboard for a pair of pj bottoms. Wouldn't you? It's kind of one of those types of things that its fun to get carried away with and use wacky and cute fabric combinations that you couldn't really wear in real life. My inner 10 year old is totally oogling over these!

Karen demanded our bedside reading material and I'm one of those people who read and keep alot of books at their bedside. Let's take a look at what's there today, shall we? A copy of Threads, like the good proper stitcher that I am. Can't go to sleep without a wink of sewing advice, right? Self Matters, by Dr. Phil, a book which is actually quite good and one I'm going through bit by bit. I also have Sarah Ban Breathnach's Romancing the Ordinary, which I take out for days when I'm feeling particularly in need of emotional refreshment. Last but not least is How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, a book I thrifted awhile back and one which my dad encouraged me to read a long time ago. Normally, I do have a novel of the detective variety here, but I've been unusually unhappy with several of the detectives in novels that I've read as of late. And there you go. It's a wonder I get anything done, the way my brain is scattered....

Hop on over to Did You Make That? to participate in the pyjama-rama. There's so much fun I can barely contain myself! Tonight demands that I make some cookies, watch Bridget Jones and paint my toenails.

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