So, with the retirement of the Cat’s Pajamas, I went looking for a new nightshirt. Nothing worked. Most of the jammies the local stores carried were just not right – the fabric was too cheap or the style was too, dare I say it, young?
Anyway, while trolling through the fabrics at Emma One Sock I came across this lovely, and knew I had found what I was looking for.
I would sew my nightshirt.
It’s a digital print from the Netherlands, with the elephant on one side, and the zebra on the other. The fabric is a beefy cotton knit, with a touch of lycra to keep it stretchy.
One panel was just long enough to make a nightshirt – provided the binding and sleeves were cut from something else. There is plenty of white rayon knit in the stash that would work.
Using a regular t-shirt pattern would be too form-fitting to sleep comfortably.
Style Arc’s Laura pattern then came to mind. The pattern has a yoke front and back, but I could easily merge those pieces, which I did. I omitted the center back seam too. No need to have a seam up my zebra!
I am unbelievably tickled with this sleepwear solution.
Cute, comfy jammies! Oh, did I mention I gave the goose a sparkly crown.
This nightshirt was a birthday gift from a good friend ages and ages ago.
I dare say it’s probably close to 20 years old? Maybe a bit less. Perhaps a bit more.
Either way, it has seen it’s fair share of wear. Worn to the point that it’s time to retire it. Not that it will be donated to charity.
Oh no! There are too many lovely memories attached. It will be folded and gently stored in the wardrobe drawer reserved for “special” things – handmade socks, the dress I wore to meet Santa when I was three. You know – those keepsakes you just have to keep.
Unfortunately retiring the Cat’s Pajamas leaves a definite gap in my pajama selection.
What to do? What to do? What to do?
This top is an exercise in perseverance.
It’s my standard T pattern, the Hot Patterns Plain & Simple T, made with the boat neck option.
But that’s not how it started life. Oh no! It was supposed to be something quite different! That being an asymmetrically hemmed tunic.
I mean, a tunic. A long top. How hard could it be? Well, as you can tell, more difficult that I expected. I used the basic T pattern for the top, the widened the bottom, thinking that’s all I needed to do. Nope!
This fabric is clingier, which meant that rather than skimming the lumps & bumps, it snugged tight, showing off everything we women of a certain age don’t want shown.
I put it aside. Waited. Waited. Waited. There was no way to add more width at the bottom. The fabric was going to stretch how it stretched; couldn’t do anything about that. In the end, I lopped off the length, took in the sides a bit more and now have a top.
I’m glad I kept at it. It’s a nice t-shirt. I still have tunics tinkering in the back of my mind.
Another rendition of KS 6358, which I am finding very comfortable to wear these days.
I made one pattern hack this time ’round and doubled the front, so instead of their being a turn-under facing at the neckline, it is self-lined throughout. This has proved to be a very nice modification.
I also changed the way I sew it, using a taco roll / hidden shirt yoke method to attach the front and back together. This gives a clean finish on the inside. I have no idea why I didn’t think of this the first time I made it, but there you go. Sometimes one’s skills take a while to return. Maybe they’re like mojo?
The fabric is part of the Nicole Miller line carried by Joann’s. I picked it up during one of their 50% off sales and used an additional coupon. That’s about the only time I purchase the Nicole Miller fabric.
First off, the sleeves on this are not red. They are a very, very hot pink. Not quite neon, but close.
Secondly, I consider this one of my more mojo-less makes. I like the ponte fabric of the body well enough – kind of retro. The pink sleeves were an attempt to get out of my comfort zone.
In this case, I should have stayed there, and not been so adventurous.
Oddly, the pattern actually fit pretty well. It’s just not speaking to me. I wore it once, with leggings. Right now it’s in the “what to do” pile. Do I keep it, and refashion the ponte into something else? Or donate it?
I liked the pattern, which fit well enough. The cut in sleeves are a different take on a classic T-shirt look. Different enough, but not over the top. But, am I likely to make it again? No idea.
A resounding Meh…
I’ve finally discovered a style and size in leggings that I like to wear. Not too tight, not too short. A veritable Goldilocks size, if you will. Of course, that meant I had to make some longer tops to go with them.
Enter the recent Style Arc sale at Amazon, and as fruits of that sale, their Avery pattern. It’s a great mash-up of knit on top and woven on the bottom. That makes fitting the bust and shoulder area much easier. The lower part is woven, and meant to waft gently about the torso. Again, not much to fit.
I used the last of a Nicole Miller knit on top, and some lovely sand-washed rayon on the bottom. Do you know what the problem is with sand-washed rayon? It is an absolute cat fur magnet! And in our household, it’s always the feline who is oppositely colored to what you’re wearing that wants to be held. We should buy stock in lint rollers, I’m tellin’ ya.
Avery comes with the option of putting an exposed zipper in the back. Since I used a knit, there was no reason to. There are also supposed to be wide hem facings. Again, I omitted these in favor of a baby hem at the bottom.
I did cut the hem facings out and try them, but I seem to always have issues. They never go in smoothly, and when they’re stitched down per instructions, they stick out like duck tails fore and aft. Obviously I’m doing something wrong (too much interfacing? Not enough?), but will leave that to another rendition to solve.
Avery. Leggings. Boots. Oh My!
Colder weather is here, and that means time for long sleeves. Not yet cold enough for sweaters, but certainly sleeves.
To that end, I present the Style Arc Issy top.
I agree, making it in a stripe does create a certain visual vibration.
The pattern was on sale in the Style Arc Amazon shop several months back. While it looks crazy complicated (ruching! pleats! cowl!) it is actually pretty simple. There are only 8 match points to get all this extravagance. Who’d have thought to tuck in part of the neck pleating into the armhole seam? Pretty cool!
Style Arc and I have a love/hate relationship with their sizing, so I wasn’t at all sure this would fit, but it does! I love it when a muslin becomes wearable rather than a wadder. On their more recent releases, they tell you what the ease difference is between sizes, which helps tremendously.
I will make one change on the next one, which will be leveling out the bottom. The pattern calls for it to be canted to the right, but my figure isn’t canted-bottom friendly. Certain parts should not be accented.