As criminal as it would seem to ask you to relive the patternmaking oddysey that was MOnogrammed PJs, I must, I gotta, share!
Essentially, these are the precursors to the tencel pants featured here. Trousers don’t just happen of course, there’s pocket placement, width across the backside ‘n’ stuff to torture oneself with. But these beauties are worthy of public engagement – bring on the pyjama party invites folks! Fabric from Fenner’s in Mona Vale, it’s a rayon/silk blended jacquard. Not cheap for 110cm width, at $24/m but just gorgeous. Showed Mr Fenner this photo, he was quite chuffed that I did!
The problem with PJs is that when you’ve done the bottoms, then there’s the top to be getting on with – talk about a labour of love! Kwik Sew 2811 provided the shirt – with my usual list of tweaks. Unhappy about the skimpy notched collar on the Kwik Sew pattern, I reshaped that sucker.
Then there was the perfect pocket placement on the bottoms… Which I totally messed up on this whispy but gorgeous lotus print silk pair. Having eliminated the side seam so as not to interrupt the pattern, I mistook a couple of notches and ended up placing the pockets too far back to use but great for ‘the chicken dance’. Bought this silk on ebay back before I knew my mommes from my elbow! sooooo thin – booooo!
And then, because overly ample waist room created the dreaded waist bulk… I tried a shorty pair out of a $5 vintage cotton which is the cutest ever. Newly perfected and enhanced notch collar and this was the result avec ugg boots – noice!
I will bore you all with a close up of the fabric – it’s rough, it’s tough but it’s so pretty, oh and kelly green piping on these babies with vintage buttons.
Where do you stand on the old waist tie situation? A bulky but pretty bow that pops the front of your jacket out. Knotted tie that dangles awkwardly in the crotchal region and buggar me if that tie doesn’t cause wetting your pants anxiety at the nightly 2am toilet visit. Ideally at that time you want to go, sit, and leave remaining as sleepy as possible, but when the tie is all done up and I have to work out which ends to pull in the dark… well suffice to say it gets dire! Kiegels everyone – now lift!
Worth all the effort? Well at least I have a bona fide, tried and tested PJ pattern for future use.
Mwah luvs, XXX