sometimes you make a project and you're pretty satisfied and your husband says, "you look like Johnny Cash in your all black pjs." but then you might sneak into the room all goofy-like in your black pjs, and he might decide to call you a ninja. and if you have a blog and photoshop, you might then google ways to simulate night vision photos and stage an impromptu after-dark photo shoot. and then maybe you'll laugh and laugh at your silly self before happily going to bed in your new comfy pjs.
so... after i finished up my black leggings-esque pajama pants yesterday, i knew i wanted to make a matching top but had no real plan in mind for what style of top i wanted, let alone a pattern. i started digging through patterns, both paper and virtual, and came across the now out-of-print simplicity 2593. as good a place to start as any, i started cutting and sort of made decisions as i went. (hey, i figure you get a bit of latitude when it comes to pajama style, so why now improvise?)
here are some of the edits i made, for anyone keeping track:
1. cut out pattern in size 14 (a few size smaller than i measured) because i was using a 4-way stretch fabric, and the stated finished bust measurement of that size would allow for about 1" of ease.
2. cut out two each of shirt front and back so that i could make the shirt fully lined. my official reason is that the gauze is a little see through, but i was also dreading the idea of finishing the edges of this fabric and lining seemed an easier solution.
3. after the neckline was complete, i stitched 3/8" from the edge to form a casing. after putting 1/4" elastic through the casing, i stitched it in place at both sides (the original pattern had gathers here).
all in all, the top came together quickly, and it was pretty satisfying to just wing it. i wouldn't say the fit is perfect or that it's the most professionally sewn garment i own, but sometimes you just want a new pj shirt and you want it now!
what have YOU been making?? here are some items that stood out in the selfish sewing flickr group:
clockwise from top left: Mini Maple Mug Rug by A Quilter's Table, Burda 8085 and Esme Top by Amanda (plus cute dog bonus points!), Selfish Sewing Leggings by diario de naii, Wiksten Tova Tunic by Lauren Dahl.
Made with Moxie featured stitcher: Jess Phillips
imagine gnats featured stitcher: Kim's Krafts
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happy selfish stitching!