Pj party M6659

Hey hey everyone. I’m writing this post on the way home from London. It was a gorgeous sunny weekend with good food and lovely people.

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Here’s a silly pic taken by Karen where I’m trying to keep my bun out of Roisin’s face UNSUCCESSFULLY!

Tasha was visiting London so I headed down to hang out with her and Marie, Jane, Charlotte, Emmie, Karen and Roisin for a day of fabric shopping and gossiping. Mel joined us for a bit as well, very sweetly carrying Tasha’s bags of treats. Both Tasha and Mel have lovely accents so I really enjoyed listening to them talk and they did a great job of defeating their jetlag. Amazingly I briefly met Gretchen Gertie Hirsch while she was teaching at Raystitch!! She’s utterly gorgeous in real life as if that’s a surprise.

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I spent some time mulling over fabric choices for my wedding dress. This Elie Saab style embroidered mesh stole my heart. Ultimately I came home empty handed and still pretty confused about what style I want. But something that I did decide after seeing Emmie, Gretchen and Tasha’s stunning vintage curls is that I reallllly want to get my hair sorted so am looking for a free weekend to book myself in for a new do.

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So what about the pjs? I wanted to finally share a picture of the finished set being worn not just laid out flat.

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The pattern is McCall’s 6659 which I made once before here. Again this is views C and G. The fabric was a gift from Katy Jones during my first week at Practical. She sits two desks down as editor of Quilt Now but excitingly this is a print from her fabric line with Art Gallery Fabrics!! It’s Sunday clippings on a voile base.

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I like how the bird peeks out of the pocket heehee. And the vintage turquoise buttons make me smile. The sleeves would look better a bit shorter or longer I think. I didn’t made any adjustments to the top but I altered the trousers to have a deeper curve in the seat.

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Better confess that I topstitched the front closed and now I throw the top on over my head. Never going to wake up with the buttons undone and everything hanging out that way! Everything is overlocked inside and the crotch seam is double stitched for security. Everything staying where it should.

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 Definitely need to make another set or two! They’re great to sleep in and I feel put together when I wake up. I can retire my slobby worn out tshirts now!

Have you made pjs recently? Share your links!!

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Cherry Bomb

I love the Runaways. So Cherry Bomb was the obvious choice for this post.

(For the record, I’m a Joan fangirl. Sorry Cherie.)

Despite my rock loving roots, this has come out nice and sweet and 1950s cute if you ask me. That makes me happy too.

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 For some reason this cherry print polka dot cotton makes me think of American diners and blue denim. I’m rather gutted I couldn’t have a milkshake for this photoshoot.

Am I crazy or do you get USA vibes too? I feel like running around town singing Bruce Springsteen songs or maybe bake a cherry pie.

The fabric was won many moons ago thanks to a giveaway by the Vintage Nirvana that is The Polished Button, and delightfully hosted on the famous blog Handmade Jane. I won 1m of the cotton AND 1m of matching cherry print bias binding which I put to good use as an armhole facing.

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What a lucky girl!

I made this blouse last summer but during a strop over the notched collar I put it in the UFO bin — BANISHED.

It was my first time trying a notch collar you see and I was having some difficulty. When I tried more recently on my pyjamas it worked a treat so I was clearly hot and bothered over nothing.

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But now, I’m ooooh sooo smug about how Summery I look.

The blouse is a mix of Simplicity 1880 a hit from the Project Runway pattern line and the Sassy Librarian Blouse. I used the collar plus the front and back yokes from 1880. Then the release pleats and length from the Sassy Blouse.

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If you want to see some cherry print awesomeness on a SL Blouse, look no further than Claire’s fruity version. Or if you’re really after another version of 1880 cropped as a blouse, take a look at Amy’s mad men inspired look.

So what about you? Are you breaking out the summer sewing patterns? Daring to bear some leg or arm now the sun’s staying out longer?

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