Updated: Jan 28, 2019
Hello from freezing cold Manchester, it's been trying to snow here all days so what better time to snuggle up on the sofa in a pair of me made pjs? When I posted my Make Nine list I said that I'd already made a start on the Carolyn Pjs from Closet Case Patterns and here they are.
I used fabric from Abakhan and this time it was actually on the roll and not just in the remnant bin, although it was 50% off in the sale, which is always a bonus. Greens and blues are always my go to colours and I love how vibrant the birds are in this print. It's a sateen so lovely and easy to sew.
I've made the bottoms before so I knew they would be easy to make, although previously I tried to add piping which was a disaster. The top was far easier than it might look, the instructions walk you through every step in detail, and as there's no fiddly collar stand it's really quite a simple make, If you need it, there's also a sewalong so there's lots of help available. I didn't make a toile, but I did blend between sizes at the waist as I carry more weight there.
I have learnt that piping is most definitely not my forte, I wanted to use ready made piping and I did search, but I couldn't find any with a satin finish which is what I wanted this time. So, I followed the instructions to make your own piping, which I did with some 38mm satin ribbon and cord this gave me 15mm of ribbon between the cord and the edge as the pattern suggests as it uses a 15mm seam allowance.
Unfortunately I don't own a piping foot and thought I'd invented an amazing new way of creating piping by using my invisible zip foot, but when I looked back at the instructions I saw that it's actually one of the suggestions - not so clever then.
Using the piping around corners wasn't as tricky as I thought it would be, but where things didn't go well was getting a consistent width on the exposed part of the piping. You can see that it's much wider on the pocket than the sleeves or the centre front, perhaps this would be easier with ready made piping, with a piping foot or just with more practice. I'm determined to crack this, so I've ordered some ready made piping from Frumble which I'll test out and report back.
The Carolyn Pjs are a lovely classic style, I'm happy with the fit they are certainly comfy which is essential for sleepwear and I've already got plans for a second pair.