Pyjama For My Travels #SleepingInStyle

When the last issue of SewNow magazine (that is Issue 10) landed through my post box, I had to make the KwikSew pyjama pattern (K3553) with this lovely fabric (cotton popplin) I got on one of my trips to Abakahn’s.img-alternative-textI originally wanted to make the long sleeved and long trouser version (View A), but I did not have enough fabric. I also knew I would not find this one very easy since I got it in the bargain baskets.

Based on finished garment measurements I decided to make a Small. I managed to save a little fabric by shortening the leg length by 8 cm. However, it was still not enough to cut a full long sleeve. So, I compromised for short sleeves. I was so pleased when I realised the seam allowance for this pattern is 7mm. Perfect for my overlocker. So, I did some testing before making up my pyjamas.img-alternative-textI really like the way they suggest the construction of the patch pocket. So much so, that since using it for this pattern, I’ve used the same technique on some other projects. I thread traced the seam allowance to make it easier to press, pressed it and then stitched into place.img-alternative-textI just had to use a yellow one! It is my pyjama after all! So I added a yellow pocket, using  scrap fabric, that is waiting patiently in my scrap bin.img-alternative-textApart for the obvious parts (topstitching and hems ) I used the overlocker to stitch the pieces together and finish the raw edges at the same time.img-alternative-textimg-alternative-textimg-alternative-textFor the collar construction, I used the techniques I learnt during the Workshop me and Gemma attended at the beginning of may in Liverpool (blogged about here). And I must say I am quite please with the result. I even got to use pink buttons on it.
img-alternative-textThe trousers are dead easy to make. I did not use the instructions, which are showing you how to make an elastic casting. I decided that I prefer Tilly and the Buttons’s technique she used on her Fifi pyjamas pattern. Here is my version of the Fifi pyjamas. Basically you stitch your elastic on the wrong side of the fabric at the top edge of the seam allowance then you turn over twice and stitch again (this way the elastic is hidden). It will not move around or twist. So, far this is my preferred way of adding elastic to a waist.img-alternative-textI am quite happy with my new pyjamas and I am eager to go on holiday to wear them. I might not last that long though.img-alternative-textimg-alternative-textimg-alternative-textimg-alternative-text

Do you have travelling pyjamas? Would you make yourself a set to use on your holidays?

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