As part of my efforts to spread the word about our Humble Sewing Center Blog, I’ve recently become a member/contributor to a number of online sewing communities.
The following post is the one I just shared on a site called: The Sew Weekly. Each week, the site owner provides us with a “challenge” to make something around a certain theme. This week’s theme was to choose an accessory like shoes, jewelry, etc. and create an outfit around it. (I chose “shoes”, which you can see in the photos/comments below.)
During 2012, I’ll be bi-posting my weekly “Sew Weekly Challenges” here & also there. Hopefully some of my creations/projects will provide you with new inspiration to get sewing and busting that fabric stash of yours!
Fabric: Cotton Prints from Riley Blake
Pattern: pj pants – Simplicity 2503, pj top – self drafted t-shirt make-over
Notions: elastic, pre-gathered eyelt
Time to Complete: pj pants – 2 hours, pj top – 45 minutes
First Worn: Jan. 8th – To Bed!
Wear Again? Yes! I love pj’s!
Total Price: about $30
This little pj ensemble was inspired by a pair of mary-jane style slippers (Simplicity 2278) that I made last year. The slippers started off as a sample for a couple of sewing classes I taught and have since become one of my favorite things to wear around the house. They are machine washable and very comfortable.
I guess from the types of fabrics I choose, you can kind of tell that I’m still a kid at heart. With mary-jane slippers as my inspiration, I decided to make my pj’s as “girlie” as possible. So, I added some eyelet trim to my pj’s pocket and also a contrast cuff to the pocket and to the pants hem. I enjoy seeing vibrant and colorful things and I really like how these pants turned out.
- My happy little pocket!
Once the pants were done, I had several ideas for a pj top. I ended up deciding on making my own version of a cropped t-shirt dress. Inspired by the bodice of the Colette Macaron dress, I cut off the trunk of an old t-shirt a few inches above my bust line. I then created a new trunk for my shirt out of a coordinating fabric and inserted the matching eyelet trim across the front seam where the new fabric and t-shirt meet.
It felt good to get a mental picture of what I wanted to do with the pants and top and then to see it through to completion. I love my new pj’s and I hope to have lots of “sweet dreams” whenever I wear them.
Thanks for reading! If you want to see more of what I’m making, please visit the Humble Sewing Center Blog where I’m always adding/creating new projects and free tutorials.