In Which A Bit Of An Enthusiast Takes On Frilly Trews And Loses

Kwik sew 3882

Dear Reader: I think I’ve been hoodwinked.  I’m pretty sure anyone who used this pattern was.  Let’s talk pyjamas.  They’re simple, surely?  In this case, a simple jersey (stretchy fabric) vest top and a simple pair of long bottoms with drawstring.  How many pattern pieces d’you reckon the trews would take?  Two?  Four?  Six?

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How about 10?!  I’m afraid this is very much a Case of the Over-Engineered Pyjama Bottoms.  Is it too dramatic to suggest I was exhausted after cutting all those pieces out?  Never mind stitching the many bits and bobs together until we finally- finally- had a working pair of pj’s!  The other problem is this:  there’s a massive great FRILL along the top- just where a gal wants extra fluff, right?  Wrong!

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She was delighted she had, at last, learned to read

Should’ve guessed when the pattern packaging showed the models wearing their vest tops tucked in.  Really.  Who on earth wears their pyjama top tucked in?  Butlers?  Statisticians?  No-one, that’s who.  Unless you have a ruddy great frill on your trews that looks weird unless you’re neatly tucked in like a starched sheet on a matron’s bed.

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See what I mean about that frill?  Unnecessary fluff!

That aside, the vest is fine.  I’ve worn these to death thanks to the very soft and drapey fabric.  But next time I think I’ll stick with simple and make the Margot bottoms out of Love at First Stitch!

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Yes, I always look this put-together (stop sniggering) and relaxed after catching my z’s…

In other news– and here’s a bit of a spoiler (wink)- I’ve successfully mastered the Six Pattern Challenge I set myself a year ago.  I haven’t, however, made myself Mistress of Time and therefore we’ll all have to wait till next week for the finale…


Details: Jim Jams are the Kwik Sew 3882 pattern, made up with a cheap-as-chips drapey something-or-other from the lady on the corner near Deptford Lounge.  It was about £2 or so for three metres!  After a zillion washes (yup, I made this quiiiiiite a long time ago!) it’s almost flannel-y and wonderfully soft.  The vest is a grey marl jersey from Rolls and Rems in Lewisham, reasonaly priced undoubtedly but not something I remember now.  It’s lovely and soft too.  It’s fairly roomy but cosy and I’m sure could be used for tank tops for general wear, if I were tempted, without any problems.  The trews are made with a 6mm/1/4″ seam allowance for some bizarre reason- now I’m a Grown Up Stiticher I know that’s a SA you’d use for quilting- not a pair of oft-washed bottoms!  Consequently, they’re sort of falling apart.  All that aside and even with the unloved frill, these get worn all the time!  Except in public (until today, that is…)

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In which a bit of an enthusiast discourses on six patterns’ specifics

And so we come down to the details, readers.  What are the patterns  in the six pattern challenge?  Here, in no particular order (but with really quite blurry photos…):


McCalls – 6706 I wanted a cute skirt with structure and the ability to do those crazy fun stripes in navy and red and pink and whatnot.  Plus there’s a hi-lo hem option!   image (2) Kwik Sew – 4015 One of these jackets I can’t bear (not shown) but the other I really like!  I need a raincoat and I really fancy trying out some laminated cotton- chevron stripes maybe?   image (1) Kwik Sew – 3882 Jimjams!  Plus a tank pattern.  Who doesn’t need lots of jammies, right?  Winter weight, Summer weight, shorts, longs- I can see lots of these being made! image (6) Butterick 5211 This is such a simple dress but I wanted something with a chilled vibe I could cinch in with a belt.  I’m starting with a knit version! image (3)   McCalls – 6696 Gah!  Could this dress be any cuter?  I love the sleeveless with full skirt option.  Ja’dore.  Plus I can see this in any number of the adorable Liberty prints I managed to get my mitts on recently! image (4) McCalls – 6600 Jury’s out on this one, peeps.  But I do love a shirtdress- they’re so practical and effortless.  I chose this as I have a RTW one that is very similar that I wear a lot- maybe in a nicer pattern and colour it could be The One? image (5)

So there we have it.  I’m hoping I can bash out a couple of these really quickly.  After all, there’s a reward in it.  And the happy feelings of a stitcher who has jumped her own (embroidery) hoops!   abitofanenthusiast signature