Creative Thursday – PJ Bottoms

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I have been reading lots of sewing blogs lately in a bid to find advice and inspiration to dip my toe back into the world of sewing.  I set my mind to making my sons some PJ bottoms inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee book but I soon discovered from the sewing virtual world that there was some sort of issue with the pattern aside from the fact that you  had to download it and stick 30 pages together – not the best start for a nervous sewer.

Anyway, coincidentally I discovered on one of my favourite sewing blogs Did You Make That that there was a new PJ bottom pattern coming out and lots of sewing bloggers were going to join in making PJ bottoms and blogging about them.  That does sound rather dull when you write it down but I was quite excited about it.  Of course the pattern is for ladies PJ bottoms so the boys’ PJ bottoms have been put on hold.  I bought the pattern from The Village Haberdashery and then spent ages trawling on-line fabric stores for some nice material. Dithering doesn’t begin to describe my behaviour.  There are two significant problems for me when it comes to buying material.  Firstly there is  no dressmaking fabric store near me.  Lauren from Great British Sewing Bee has just opened a store in Birmingham which I might check out when I am feeling more confident but it is a good hours drive each way.  The second problem is that the focus of many online stores is patchwork.  They sell the material in quarters as in a quarter of a metre and this can make it quite expensive if you want to buy a couple of metres.  However, there is a great list of fabric stores on Very Berry Handmade and through this I found Croft Mill who had an extensive selection at reasonable prices.  I think I have a real issue with the price of material – I certainly would never pay the price I have paid for this material for a pair of PJ bottoms in a store but then I suppose you have to remember they will be handmade and a one off.  I really liked Croft Mill as if you order thread from them they will match it to your fabric which I think is a great service.

I have got as far as cutting out the pattern and now I am trying to pluck up the courage to pin it to the fabric and cut it out.  I dread that first cut just in case I have pinned it out wrong.  I have decided not to add the piping down the side of the trousers as this may be a step too far for me at the moment.

In the meantime, I have spotted some other patterns that I like the look of and I am completely fascinated  with Three Dresses Project swimalong where she is blogging about sewing swimming costumes – how adventurous.

Meanwhile, I have nearly finished my Tea Party Cardigan which I am knitting with wool from a project that went disastrously wrong last year and left me vowing never to knit again.  This cardi is knitting up well so far.  I have found Ravelry really helpful in finding an alternative pattern for the wool and lots of other advice.

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9 thoughts on “Creative Thursday – PJ Bottoms

  1. I look forward to hearing about your progress on these, Helen, and I shall look into Lauren’s shop and Croft Mill so thanks for those links.

  2. Good luck – gave up sewing years ago – so easy to buy something and try it on first!! Am knitting some beanies and arm warmers and sort of leg warmers (like ballet dancers wear) with teal mohair that no 2 daughter bought from an op shop.. Also a ball of raspberry pink. Have a daughter – no 4 -who feels cold and has schleroderma very bad ( her arms are like concrete and hands like claws) very rare and no cure! Some organs also affected.

  3. Lovely fabric, they will be lovely when you have finished. I used to do a lot of sewing years and years ago when the children were little, my machine must be going rusty through not being used. Your confidence will soon return when you have successfully completed your pj bottoms.

  4. You really are such a busy lady, always so enthusiastic about your many projects. Have enjoyed looking into all the links you mentioned in your blog, so thanks for those. I bought some fabric from Lauren’s shop in Moseley, Birmingham in May but have yet to get started!

  5. Very hard to get material here in Brittany. One might think the French only sew curtains.
    I am wary of online shopping though, as I saw some fabric I thought I liked from a store about an hour and a half away, but when I went there, i didn’t like it in reality.

  6. Congratulations on getting back to sewing! Take the plunge, I say, and just do it. You will feel great once you’re done. I hope you will post pictures and will enjoy the PJs.

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