Tuesday, 26 July 2016


I have been wanting to return to making clothes for a few years.

In my twenties I used to make clothes because it was fun, it was cheap and allowed you to make more of a variety of things.  Once I even made a dress in one day to wear that same evening!   I also made a dress as my going away outfit after my wedding.  I wouldn't say I was super skilled but I was fairly confident (perhaps wrongly so?)

I didn't really make clothes for my children but I did make lots of dressing up clothes.   They loved dressing up and I made lots of costumes for school plays when they were in Primary School.  A bit pressured ( all last minute stuff at Christmas time) but great fun.

So I have finally got the courage to give it a go again.

What better project to start with than a pair of pj pants?

I bought this pattern...

Teamed with these cute kitties in flannel which I bought from Plush Addicts - there was a discount!

I have made all the rookie mistakes in this return to garment sewing.   I didn't have my pattern to hand when ordering the fabric so I looked at another pattern and thought it would require about the same amount.   Wrong!   I only had enough for one and a half legs!   Not much use....

Fortunately I was able to get some more of the same fabric though my kids were trying to encourage me to have kitties on one leg and dogs on the other!

And here they are finished !  I used a scrap of Cotton+Steel as a trim - it's narrower than the pattern photo because I didn't have any more but long enough for my short legs!  

I didn't have a wide waistband elastic either so I used two lengths of a narrower elastic having divided the channel in two!  It feels nice and comfy.  Can't wait for some cooler weather to wear them at night ....

I'll be linking up this finish (no 8) to the Finish-A-Long at the end of the quarter.

Here is my original list.

Finish A Long 2016


  1. Those pj pants are the cat's meow! Sorry, I couldn't resist.

  2. You totally rocked the finishes this quarter! Thank you for participating in the FAL, on behalf of the 2016 global FAL hosts.


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