Mini PJs for a Mini girl

I know most of us are in that Christmas stage where we don’t know what day it is but it is Friday,  so even though time off means more posts from me,  here’s my weekly Friday one!

Some time in October I acquired quite a lengthy amount of pink gingham cotton. My sister-in-law and I were talking about how it reminded us of the cutest little PJs that my niece, Grace, had when she was tiny. So, I couldn’t not replicate them. Luckily for me there was a sale on a simplicity so I bought this girls and boys pyjamas pattern (1575). The pattern starts at aged 7 and goes up to 14, Grace is only 5 but nearly 6 and rather tall!

I decided to cut two lots out at the the same time, because you can’t get enough PJs when you’re 5! I just made one set of sleeves shorter and customised them to make them individual, as you will see. I wanted traditional, hence the button up style PJs but I was concerned because I’ve never done a button-up shirt before. I needn’t have worried though, the pattern was so easy to use.

I read through the instructions first and decided to scrap the facings and I used a bright pink binding on one and just hemmed the other and used the binding on the back neckline. The tops went together so easily and I chain stitched through the two in no time. There was a brilliant button guide pattern piece that made the buttons really easy to do.

The trousers came as all in one leg pieces and were so simple for it, they literally took me 15 minutes. I did have to wing the elastic waist measurement slightly though, as said child was not on hand!

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So that was it for construction, but I had so much fun customising these. Obviously I used a bright pink bias binding so they look interesting straight away. I put a pocket on one with a cute bit of white ric rac. I wanted these to be more traditional so I used pink buttons and left it at that, apart from this cute label I hand stitched for the inside.

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The second pair have a shorter sleeve, I bought these iron on letters from Drift in Seahouses ages a go and have been waiting for something to put them on and I’m so pleased they go really well and look great! I used yellow buttons on this too as a contrast.

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I love that I have been able to make these PJs personalised for Grace. She wore them on Christmas Eve and her Mum was made up with them! They are a little big but that only means she’ll be in them longer, which doesn’t happen with anything these days!

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She’s the perfect little model! AND… we bought her a sewing machine for Christmas! Can’t wait to have a go at this with her! She was so excited!

I hope everyone has a Happy New Year and best wishes for success and happiness in 2017. Only a few more Christmas pressies to share in 2017 and then normal service will resume!! 

Pretty PJ Pants and the Nicest Neighbours!

I had some of this gorgeous floral polycotton left from making this 1970s vintage dress.

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So I printed a pattern for some PJ bottoms thinking it would fit quite nicely with The Monthly Stitch’s Nighty Night September challenge.

To say I’m pleased with myself would be an understatement! I know that they are just a basic PJ bottom pattern but this is an achievement for me! Every time I have tried to make anything resembling trousers or shorts, it has gone terribly wrong, including some wonky seams on a pair of PJs I tried from this very same pattern. These worked! I’m so pleased to have a functional, fitting pair of pants! Woo! 🙌

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I used narrow seams and zig-zagged the edges. I also had my first try at button holes (which need some major improvement) in order to put this ribbon in, purely for decorative reasons. I created the band and inserted the elastic before sewing it shut. I did a nice thick hem on the bottom and I’m so so pleased with the result. 

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I used the XL size on the pattern but it needed extremely small seams to fit me. It meant that the waist band was too small so I had to recut it, they’re a great fit though!

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Comfy Cosy

This fabric is so soft, comfy and so easy to work with that I may have just ordered some more in red!

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IN MORE EXCITING NEWS! Check out my New/Old sewing machine!

My father-in-law was chatting to his lovely neighbours about my sewing escapades and she gave him her sewing machine for me!! How exciting is that?!

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It’s an old Riccar Reliant 58. We looked it up and the company is Japanese and was quite influential in electronic sewing machines at the time. We reckon this one was from the early 1980s. Isabel bought it on the Isle of Man and has really looked after it (she was a keen seamstress in her day and tells me she was in to tailoring and even made her own wedding dress.) She thought I would get more use out of it now though. It runs like a dream and I hope I can do it justice.

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It overlocks, does buttons and embroidery. You can do free embroidery on it too for letters etc. It comes with all the original parts. She’s also donated me the bobbins, needles and an eyelet set. There’s so much I’ve wanted to try which I can now do. I literally cannot wait to get my hands on it!!

AND… alongside this my mother-in-law gave me a Christmas ‘put away’ of new pinking shears, a large and small rotary cutter and some Christmas fat quarters!! Eeekkk! Get me on that machine!

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I say this but what I’m actually doing is settling down for a Friday night with a glass of wine, my lovely hubby and Sherlock! In my new PJs of course!

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