I've been quite frustrated with my lack of sewing over the last few weeks, so on Sunday I decided to just sew something, and that something was another pair of Margot pyjama bottoms from Tilly And The Buttons Love At First Stitch book.
But I need to back up the truck and explain the lack of sewing. There are two reasons; one good, one bad. Let's start with the bad:
After my success with my self-drafted princess seam bodice, I decided that I was obviously a pattern drafting expert, and it would absolutely no problem at all to re-draft the Colette Patterns Rooibos dress pattern that my sister bought me two christmases ago. Turns out I was wrong.
Three weeks, two skirt toiles and three bodice toiles later, I gave it up as a bad job. But I am oh so close! It's very frustrating. The problem is with the seam that sits under the bust. I can't get it sit properly without the back pulling, and I tried a lot of different solutions. I know I'm really close to getting it right, but I am throughly sick of the sight of it. After I had put it aside, I thought that I might be able to sort it out by using the pattern for the bodice of my Russian Dolly dress, as it fits beautifully. But then I caught myself on, because it was all looking a bit too much like the end of The Italian Job. I will come back to it at some stage, like maybe after I've drafted a few more simple bodices!
The second (good) reason is that I've been doing some decorating in my house. You're probably thinking that always a bit of a nightmare (and it is, because it's been sucking my will to live the last two weekends), but this going to be my new sewing room! I am stupidly excited about this, and of course I will do a post about it with loads of photos.
|Spot the pocket!|
So, back to the jammy bottoms. I spend most of last weekend painting, and finished on Sunday afternoon. So then I started a pile of ironing. While I was doing the ironing, I was watching the celebrity Great British Sewing Bee, and one of the things they made was pyjama bottoms.
I remembered this fabric I had bought in the christmas sales from The Village Haberdashery. It's Anna Maria Horner fabric, and the print is called Hand Drawn Garden - Waltz In Coral. When I got it, it was more yellow than I thought it would be, and I had half planned to make an apron with it, but on Sunday I decided it would be perfect for pyjamas.
There's nothing more to say about the construction of these, as I have made them before. The only thing I did differently was to use french seams throughout, and I loved every second of making them.
|I'm pretty please with my french seams!|
This pattern was the perfect solution for my "I just want to put some fabric to my sewing machine" mood, so I think I'll have to stock up on some cotton poplin from The Paragon in Belfast for when the mood strikes again.
Does anybody else have a favourite pattern for times like that?
Have a great weekend,