Wednesday, July 24, 2013

KCW July 2013 - Pyjamas for James

Finally - the finished pictures of my only KCW "summer" 2013 efforts.  Some "proper" pyjamas for my nephew James:

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Overall I am quite pleased with these, though I don't know if they fit him yet (arrives tomorrow!).

The top is Butterick B5586, which I picked up in a discount bin in a fabric shop in Brisvegas when I last visited (that's Brisbane to non-Australians...).

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The last PJs I made for him were the pants only, with a (purchased) t-shirt top.  Apparently he loved them but did express a desire for Harry Potter style pyjamas (everyone else hears "cute request", I hear buttonholes...sigh!).

Overall I am happy with the top:  I did lots of super finishing on it like for the pants, to make it as nice as possible.  However, the crappy fabric I used (flannel, Spotlight, nuff said...) was "out" so the lines didn't match the grain.  I could either cut with the grain and have it look out, or cut with the stripes and have it be out. Rock meets hard place.  I went with looking right and being out, but of course it doesn't quite sit right (see the pulls around the arm).  I really hope they are still comfortable!

The pants are similar to what I have done before - the Oliver + S Sketchbook Shorts, lengthened to make into pants.

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I decided just to ignore my mistaken buttonholes and made new ones for the buttonhole elastic.  I put them on the outside (under the theory they might be uncomfortable on the inside) and hopefully that makes them more likely to fit nicely.

I also decided to cuff the pants in the same fabric in a contrast direction - I am really pleased with how they turned out.  It looks really cool and the pants are finished very nicely (if I do say so myself!).

So that was all I did in KCW but it was all I planned to do and it turned out well, so I am pretty satisfied.  Hopefully next time (Spring for us, but it will be called Autumn KCW) will be a good time to crank out some volume of summer clothes.

Meanwhile - I am off to Melbourne this weekend for the craft fair and some gentle fabric shopping :)

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