Spring Style Blog Tour 2017 Recap

Style Maker Fabrics | Spring Style Tour

A couple of weeks ago we wrapped up our Spring Style Tour 2017. This spring’s tour included twelve amazing stops, eighteen outstanding looks and more inspiration for our spring sewing than we know what to do with!

Here is a look back at all twelve stops, including links to each post, as well as the patterns and fabrics used. A handy reference to revisit some of your favorite pieces or catch up on one you missed!


Day 1 – Style Maker Fabrics

We kicked things off with one of our proudest makes yet— a denim jacket! A labor of love but so worth the effort. We completed the look with some wide leg trousers in a soft rayon twill, get all the details in our post HERE.

Style Maker Fabrics | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Maisa Denim Jacket by Named | Flint Pants by Megan Nielsen

Fabrics: Washed Selvage Denim | Soft Rayon Twill


Day 2 – Maker Style

On Day 2 we visited Rachel, of Maker Style, to check out her two romantic spring looks, one of her favorite trends this spring! Learn more about both looks in here post HERE.

As a special bonus, we chatted with Rachel about the top fashion trends this spring during the Season 2 premiere episode of her Maker Style Podcast. It was such a fun experience and you can check it out HERE.

Maker Style | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Ogden Cami by True Bias | The Orla Dress by French Navy

Fabrics: Clip Dot Shirting | Floral Rayon Crepe


Day 3 – Sweet Red Poppy

Next up we visited the always adorable Kimberly of Sweet Red Poppy. She went above and beyond creating two amazing looks for spring and each one fits her perfectly. Learn more about her process and the patterns she chose in her post HERE.

Sweet Red Poppy | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Primrose Peplum by Sew Caroline | Ultimate Trousers by Sew Over It | Love Notions “Mash Up” Dress

Fabrics: Medallion Eyelet Shirting | Floral Stretch Sateen | Crepe Texture Double Knit Dot


Day 4 – Sew House 7

On Day 4 we visited Peggy, owner and designer of Sew House 7 Patterns. Prepping for a family trip this spring, she sewed up a versatile pencil skirt and two drape knit tees to pair with it. Three spring wardrobe building pieces she can enjoy all season! Check out her post HERE.

Sew House Seven | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Ebony Tee by Closet Case | Axel Skirt by Megan Nielsen

Fabrics: Speckle Ponte Knit | Modal Jersey Knit | Stripe French Terry


Day 5 – Cookin’ and Craftin’

Next up Meg shared two looks and two posts for our Spring Tour. Her first was the perfect spring kimono— so light and airy this is the perfect pattern and fabric pairing! Her second was a fun twist on a classic button up. Check each post out HERE and HERE.

Cookin' and Craftin' | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Willow Kimono by Designer Stitch | Juliet Shirt by Style Arc

Fabrics: Medallion Rayon Challis | Seersucker Shirting


Day 6 – Inside the Hem

Lindsey, of Inside the Hem, knocked our socks off this spring with two amazing videos! For Day 6 on the tour she shared this stunning butterfly maxi dress. Paired with a classic linen jacket to complete the look, her choices and sewing are always impeccable. Watch it HERE.

To help us kick off our Spring Collection, Lindsey also shared a video look at 50+ swatches and shared some initial thoughts on how you might use each one. Be sure to check it out HERE.

Inside the Hem | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: S1467 by Simplicity | V1344 by Vogue and M7381 by McCalls

Fabrics: Textured Linen Solid  | Butterfly Rayon Crepe


Day 7 – Helen’s Closet

Next up, Helen of Helen’s Closet! She shared two unique looks that suit her and her style perfectly. Learn more about how she developed each piece in her post HERE.

Helen's Closet | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Hacked Ogden Cami by True Bias | Self Drafted Tee

Fabrics: Rayon Crepe Dot | Modal Jersey Knit


Day 8 – Pattern Review

On Day 8 we revisited this amazing butterfly rayon crepe. It is always so fun to see the same fabric used in a different way giving it a totally new look.

Deepika, of Pattern Review, shared an gorgeous spring dress for herself and with her left over fabric even made a matching one for her daughter. Too cute! Read more about both looks HERE.

Pattern Review | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Pattern: M7562 by McCalls 

Fabric: Butterfly Rayon Crepe


Day 9 – The Sara Project

Next we visited our friend Sara, of The Sara Project, to check out here gorgeous tropical-inspired spring look. With a self drafted skirt and lovely ruffled blouse, her outfit is impeccable as always and a perfect look for this spring! The colors, the patterns and the textures are spot on! Get all the details and instructions for her skirt HERE.

The Sara Project | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Suzon Shirt by Republique du Chiffon | Self Drafted Skirt

Fabrics: Seersucker Shirting | Tropical Leaf Sateen


Day 10 – Anita by Design

For Day 10 we are revisiting McCalls 7562 (also see Day 8)! Anita’s fabric choice and styling gave this pattern a totally different look, so bright and fun and suites her sunny personality perfectly. Be sure to check out all of her amazing photos in her post HERE, including how she styled this dress to take it from day to night seamlessly.

Anita by Design | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: M7562 by McCalls 

Fabrics: Retro Floral Rayon Crepe


Day 11 – Sewbon

For our second to last stop Erin, of Sewbon, sewed up two great additions for her spring wardrobe. First up, a gorgeous sleeveless dress in a soft rayon crepe, another repeat fabric and a totally different look! Next she shared a fun cropped sweatshirt, perfect for the cool spring weather. Check out her amazing photos and get all the details on both looks HERE.

Sewbon | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Trevi Dress by Hey June | Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studios

Fabrics: Rayon Crepe Dot | Quilted Textured Double Knit


Day 12 – Girls in the Garden

Last but not least, our friend Lori wrapped up the tour with a stunning blouse and jacket combo in navy and white. Both silhouettes are perfect for this spring and mixing the two graphic patterns makes for such a fun pairing! Learn more about both pieces in her post HERE.

Girls in the Garden | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: M7542 by McCalls | Lonetree Jacket by Allie Olson

Fabrics: Grid Rayon Challis | Dot Stretch Twill


We want to give a huge shout out to the eleven amazing seamstresses that joined us this spring! We can’t thank you enough for all your hard work and creativity. Thank you to all of you that have followed along with us— your support means everything to us and hopefully this tour helped inspire your own spring wardrobe!

Happy Sewing!

P.S. Fall Style Tour 2017 coming in September!

Spring Style Blog Tour: Denim Jacket and Wide Leg Pants

To kick our Spring Style Tour 2017 I thought I would jump all in with a new spring jacket! The question was, which one? In perusing the spring styles in ready-to-wear two silhouettes kept jumping out at me, 1) a classic denim jacket and 2) a sporty bomber jacket.

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect with release of Named’s spring collection and the Maisa denim jacket. That pretty much made the decision for me, along with the arrival of this amazing washed bleached selvage denim. A match made in sewing heaven!

Named Maisa Jacket Pattern and Washed Selvage Denim | Style Maker Fabrics

Sewing this denim jacket was definitely a step out of my comfort zone. It wasn’t something I could whip up in an afternoon but was one of the most rewarding projects I have ever sewn. I didn’t make any changes to the pattern and sewed a straight size 40. Not only does it look like something I bought at a department store, it is also something I never thought I ever could/would sew. I haven’t had a denim jacket in my wardrobe in many years and I am excited to say that this one is handmade!

Maisa Selvage Denim Jacket | Style Maker Fabrics

A couple words of wisdom when sewing a Denim Jacket:

  1. Stock up on top-stitching thread! It is amazing how much you will use as you topstitch just about every seam… TWICE. (I might have had three machines going for this project- regular thread, top stitching thread and serger)
  2. Stock up on needles! Some of those pesky areas where the denim is many layers think can be hard on sewing machines, needles and your patience.
  3. Take your time and don’t rush- patience pays off and it will all come together in the end. Even when you don’t think it will!

To finish off the look I sewed up Megan Nielsen’s new Flint pants. Wide leg and super comfy these cropped trousers are perfect for spring/summer here in the Pacific Northwest. They are also the perfect pairing for my cropped denim jacket in this drapey olive twill!

Rayon Twill Flint Pants Front | Style Maker Fabrics

Rayon Twill Flint Pants Back | Style Maker Fabrics

In sewing my Flint pants I did take in the legs a bit after sewing them together and trying them on before I added the waist band. The legs were a little too wide for me and my style. I tapered in, starting just below the pocket, angling down each side to about 1-1/2″ in from the side seam at the hem. This took each leg in a total of about 6″. That sounds like a lot but they are still plenty wide for me! I also trimmed the length 1″ and hemmed as directed.

Overall, I love how my new spring look turned out! It pushed me out of my sewing comfort zone and jump started my spring wardrobe. I have already sewn up another jacket (Rigel bomber) to go with these pants! Watch for another post coming soon with all the details.

Follow along with us as the Spring Style Tour 2017 continues tomorrow with Day Two! We will be traveling up to Canada to see what Rachel of Maker Style has planned for spring.

Happy Spring Sewing!

Michelle

P.S. New to our Style Blog Tours? Check our the recaps from last spring and fall, HERE and HERE!

Fresh Start: Spring Fabrics and Sewing

Style Maker Fabrics | Spring Style Tour

Spring is FINALLY here! After months of rain, snow and wind we are so excited for this new season to begin. While the winter gave us lots of time inside to sew and create, we think we are all ready to a fresh start! A new season, new life, new inspiration and new projects. Bring on the sunshine, a growing garden and some warmer weather!

Colors of Spring | Style Maker Fabrics

Now for the real reason to celebrate the arrival of spring… NEW FABRICS! We started putting together our spring collection in January pulling together new and unusual fabrics from all over the world. All the hard work and planning resulted in an amazing collection of colors, patterns and textures we think you will really enjoy. Watch for all your favorite fabrics to sew with for spring and summer, as well as a few new ones you might want to take a closer look at! With over 140 new fabrics and 8 stand out fashion trends you are sure to find something to inspire your spring sewing! Don’t forget to check out our curated selection of printed sewing patterns, including some of the latest releases from Named and Megan Neilsen!

Latest Trends | Style Maker Fabrics

Latest Fashion Trends for Spring 2017

Want a closer look at some of the new spring fabrics? Lindsey from Inside the Hem snagged some early fabric swatches from the new collection and put together a video to show them off and share some ideas for how you might want to use them. Check it out below and learn more about ordering swatches for yourself HERE.

Keep the inspiration coming! Not only is today the first day of spring, it is also the first day of our Spring Style Blog Tour and we are kicking things off right here on the Style Maker Fabrics blog. Follow along as we visit eleven amazing seamstresses and bloggers over the next two weeks, links to each one included below. Each one will be featuring fabrics from the new spring collection sewn up to suit their own unique style. We’ve seen a few sneak peaks and you will not be disappointed!

Spring Style Blog Tour Line Up | Style Maker Fabrics

Spring Style Blog Tour Line Up | Style Maker Fabrics

3/20 | 3/21 | 3/22 | 3/23 | 3/24 | 3/25 | 3/26 | 3/27 | 3/28 | 3/29 | 3/30 | 3/31

NOTE: We had a slight change in the line up. @helens_closet will post 3/26 and @patternreview 3/27.

We have a few other surprises to share over the next two weeks. A few other sewing projects we have been working on, possibly an appearance on the a certain podcast… and who knows what else! Be sure to follow along with us on Instagram and Facebook and be among the first to find out what’s going on each day!

Now let’s get sewing for spring!

Michelle

P.S. Now through Sunday, April 2nd 2017 enjoy $5 US shipping and discounted international rates! Any order, any size ships for just $5.

Statement Floral Safran Pants

Lately, I keep being drawn to florals— big, bold, striking florals! In fashion, I can’t help but love just about any pair of floral pants. I don’t know what it is but I love them! I’m not usually a floral person, but I think the juxtaposition of these bold prints on pants that creates something different that just draws you in. Add some unusual colors and crazy scale and case closed— I must make a pair now!

Floral Safran Pants Inspiration and Fabric Choices | Style Maker Fabrics

Perusing Pinterest, my favorite one-stop-shop for inspiration, I came across this outfit and knew this is the look I wanted to go for. Bold, fitted skinny jeans with a more casual top— simple but striking! I pulled a few fabric options, but settled on the one closest to my inspiration, a stretch sateen in rich reds, greens and a deep black background.

Deer & Doe Safran Pants | Style Maker Fabrics

Pants is one category of garments that continues to scare me a bit. While I have always had lofty goals of making a wardrobe full of the perfect pants, it just hasn’t happened. Whether it is the time, the fit, or whatever, I always find an excuse to avoid making them. Well, I am facing my fears and taking on a new pattern, Deer & Doe’s Safran Pants. I love the clean lines of this pattern and have been meaning to try it since we got it in the shop this fall.

Now, let’s get sewing! I settled on cutting a straight Size 42 based on my measurements, picking version B for the clean look and the ankle length. I raided my scrap bin for pocket pieces and got everything all cut and ready. Stitching my Safrans together was relatively easy and straight forward. Deer & Doe’s beautifully printed patterns offer each step broken down with easy to follow instructions and helpful diagrams. A couple of my favorite steps were the welt pockets and the zip fly. Both turned out perfectly and the instructions dissolved any fear and confusion I had about these more difficult techniques. Check out that pocket!

Floral Safran Pants | Side and Pocket | Style Maker FabricsI did baste my pants together to check fit, but I have found that that is more of a guideline to see if you are close. You can’t tell how they will really fit and feel until they are complete and you can try them out around the house. Not great, I know, but worth it in the long run. I am finding the more I pairs of pants I sew, the quicker the construction process is. This will make sewing multiple versions less painful and get me to the perfect pair of pants soon!

Completed Floral Safran Pants | Style Maker Fabrics

Overall, I am really happy with the look! I love this fabric and it is the perfect bold floral for a pair of skinny jeans. I still need to work on perfecting the pattern— I do have some whiskering around the crotch, as the pattern describes it, indicating I need to make the crotch a bit shallower on the front. I love that Deer & Does has included a couple pages of common fit issues and how to fix them! So helpful! I also plan on making them a bit longer on my next pair.

Floral Safran Pants Back | Style Maker Fabrics

To finish the look, I paired my fitted jeans with a slouchy Hemlock tee I made this winter out of a cozy sweater knit. Add a simple gold necklace and I was set. I definitely think keeping the rest of the outfit simple is the way to go, at least for me, and letting the pants really stand out. I like having one garment be the star and the rest of the look be the supporting cast!

Complete Look | Floral Safran Pants | Style Maker Fabrics

 

Best part of all— I have some amazing new floral pants just in time for Valentine’s Day! And I am well on my way to perfecting a new pants pattern. A few slight changes and maybe some of our new stretch denims for another pair of pants to enjoy this spring.

Happy Sewing!

Michelle

Keeping Warm with the Esme Maxi Cardigan

Bundled Up in Esme Cardigan | Style Maker Fabrics

Every once in a while, the planets align and you find the fabric of your dreams for the perfect pattern— almost like a match made in heaven. It doesn’t happen everyday but when it does you know that all of that searching, designing and sewing are worth it!

Just recently I experienced just such an occasion! On one of our buying adventures this fall we stumbled across the most amazing chunky sweater knit from Italy. Of course we had to have it for the shop, in two colors I might add. When it arrived and I got to see it in a larger piece in all its glory, I knew instantly that it needed to be a long, cozy cardigan. Enter the Esme Maxi Cardigan from Named— the ideal fabric for the perfect pattern!

Named Esme Cardigan | Style Maker Fabrics Sweater Knit

With everything going on in December, I wasn’t able to get to this project. Of course, the one that I really wanted to sew, right? So I made it my goal to get it sewn in the new year. One week in and mission accomplished! Now for a closer look at the fabric, the pattern and the slight changes I made to suit my style.

First up, this fabric! It is probably one of the most stunning pieces we have had in the shop. It is wonderfully thick and cozy but the best part about it is the texture and the pattern. The undulating lines and varying thicknesses and textures in the knit give it amazing movement, shape and feel. I washed it up like I would anything else and it came out even softer and more huggable. I could already tell this is going to be a cardigan that I am never going to want to take off!

Italian Chunky Sweater Knit | Style Maker Fabrics

Italian Chunky Sweater Knit

Now, the question of how to cut this maxi cardigan out? I decided to start with the back and have one of the curving designs go right up the middle. I did redraw the back piece so that I had the full back (instead of one half) and could make sure I got it centered correctly. The “straight lines” in the knit also proved to be quite helpful! With the back cut out, it was on to the front. Each side is made up of two piece, above and below the pockets, and I was able to cut these out so that not only they were mirrored but they also would match perfectly when I sewed them together.

The sleeves also got the smaller wavy pattern centered on each of them so they matched. With the fabric that I had left I cut out the front button stand, the cuffs and the pockets. I tried to play with the texture/size of the knit pattern and its placement on the cardigan. I went for the thicker texture down the front and back, especially around the shoulders and chose the lighter texture for the sleeves and the button band. A great use of the fabric and really shows off all its dimensions.

Esme Sleeve Placement | Style Maker Fabrics

Sleeve Placement on the Chunky Sweater Knit

Construction proved to be relatively easy. The only kind of fussy parts were attaching the pockets, which was actually very similar to my Tamarack jacket, and attaching the button stand. I used the stretch stitch on my machine as designated in the pattern but I think I could have just went with my serger for most of these steps. That would have saved a lot of time! That stretch stitch is a slow one! I also went with my cover stitch machine for the stitching the hem and finishing the button band. With the grey thread that I had, the stitches were barely noticeable and it helped give the back side a nice finished look.

Cover Stitched Cardigan Hem | Style Maker Fabrics

Cover Stitched Hem and Button Band

Now for the changes… I find myself always tweaking a pattern slightly to suit what I have envisioned for it. My first change on my Esme was the length. After perusing Pinterest for styling over-sized cardigans, I settled on knee length or just above. Before I even cut anything out I took 6 inches off the back, lower front and button stand. After getting my cardigan “mostly” together I decided another 6 inches needed to come off. This gave me the perfect length and I think it is a change a lot of people have made as well.

Pinterest Cardigan Inspiration | Style Maker Fabrics

Pinterest Styling Inspiration

The next change came in the fit. In trying the cardigan on after it was assembled but not finished I thought there was way too much bulk under the arms. I think that is the style for this cardigan, over-sized and slouchy, great for an overcoat but not the “sweater” I was going for. The thickness of this knit also made it kind of bunching under the arms and felt a little weird.

To adjust this I laid the cardigan flat and marked about 3 inches along the sleeve seam at the underarm. Using chalk, I then drew a line tapering down the body and back out to the original seam, roughly just above the pocket seam. In the other direction I tapered down the arm and back out to the original seam about mid arm. I then serged along this line, taking care to match up the sleeve seams as I went. The results were perfect, they gave my cardigan a bit more of a fitted look while still keeping it relaxed and a little slouchy.

Altered Cardigan Underarm | Style Maker Fabrics

Altered Underarm and Removed Bulk

Last but not least, I threw out the cuffs and skipped the buttons! I attached one cuff and decided to just hem the sleeves instead— less bulk and much simpler. I also decided to go with an open style cardigan so the buttons were unnecessary (and it saved me from making button holes!).

Let’s see the results! I absolutely love how this cardigan turned out! Not only does it show of this fabric better than any other pattern could, it is also the warmest, coziest thing I have ever made. Perfect for the below freezing temperatures we have had this winter. And, yes that is snow in the pictures and it is over a week old. That is how cold it is!

Esme Cardigan Side View | Style Maker Fabrics

Esme Cardigan Front | Style Maker Fabrics

Esme Cardigan Back | Style Maker Fabrics

Bundled Up in Esme Cardigan | Style Maker Fabrics

Overall, my maxi cardigan turn out exactly how I imagined it— don’t you love it when that happens? I will definitely be revisiting this pattern and hopefully soon! I’d love to try a lighter weight knit, like a jersey or lighter sweater knit. Maybe try something like True Bias’ recent make. Anyway, definitely check out the Esme Maxi Cardigan, it is perfect for this mid-winter weather!

Stay warm and happy sewing,

Michelle

P.S. We are so excited to announce that a selection of Named patterns are now available in the shop, including the Esme Maxi!

 

New Year Plans: Make Nine 2017

Over the past few weeks my social media feed has been filled with fellow seamstresses making plans and goals for the new year. Rochelle, of Lucky Lucille, started #2017makenine and is encouraging the sewing community to pick nine patterns that they want to sew this year and set the goal to make that happen. I started thinking about what projects I would pick and it is harder than your think narrowing it down to just nine! Here is what I settled on, along with a possible fabric choice for each. Plans may change but I think this is an excellent start!

No. 1 | Papercut Undercover Hoodie

Since our Fall Style Tour this past September I have wanted to “copy” Abbey’s Undercover Hoodie. I pretty much live in sweatshirts and hoodies when I am hanging around home and I love these two fabrics together! I think this will become a new go-to pattern that I make in a whole variety of French terry and sweatshirt fleece. (Pattern | Fabric)

Style Maker Make Nine 2017 | Papercut Undercover Hoodie

No. 2 | Named Esme Cardigan

Sometimes fabric just tells you what it should be sewn into. When I found this chunky sweater knit I knew it needed to be a long over-sized cardigan just like this one from Named! This project is in my near future… I can feel it. (Pattern | Fabric)

Style Maker Make Nine 2017 | Named Esme Cardigan

No. 3 | Closet Case Kelly Jacket

Since it’s release early this fall this pattern has been near the top of my to do list. I even have out ready to go and the fabric washed. My goal is to have this jacket done for spring. Perfect for the rainy weather here in the Pacific Northwest. (Pattern | Fabric)

Style Maker Make Nine 2017 | Closet Case Kelly Jacket

No. 4 | True Bias Roscoe Blouse

I sewed up this blouse last summer and will definitely be revisiting it this year! I love the drape and style and I can’t wait to add many more to my handmade wardrobe. With so many fabric options it will be fun to play with different colors, patterns, etc. (Pattern | Fabric)

Style Maker Make Nine 2017 | True Bias Roscoe Blouse

No. 5 | Hey June Cheyenne Tunic

This is one pattern where I love every version I see! From Adrianna’s button up version she made during our Spring Style Tour to Kimberly’s tencel tunic, shown below, I don’t know what I have waited so long make my own. Well, it is happening in 2017 and that’s a promise! (Pattern | Fabric)

Style Maker Make Nine 2017 | Hey June Cheyenne Tunic

No. 6 | Megan Nielsen Sudley Blouse

Another pattern on my “wish” list, the Sudley blouse is a gorgeous tunic style dress or top that has a bit of feminine flare without being too dressy. I definitely want to try it in a fun floral or ditsy print rayon for this spring (Pattern | Fabric)

Style Maker Make Nine 2017 | Megan Nielsen Sudley Blouse

No. 7 | Closet Case Ginger Jeans

Since sewing my own jeans last year I have wanted to try a couple other patterns, including the Ginger skinny jeans. In reading this blog you know that I live in jeans (no, seriously!) and I can never have too many pairs. This year I also want to branch out and try adding some other handmade pants to my wardrobe. They might all be “jean-style” but I vote that that counts! (Pattern | Fabric)

Style Maker Make Nine 2017 | Closet Case Ginger Jeans

No. 8 | Cali Faye Hampshire Trousers

This pattern had been waiting patiently on my computer to be sewn up and added to my wardrobe. This year I am excited to make a muslin and hopefully a whole range of these trousers. I hope they look as good on me and that they fit the way they do in my head! (Pattern | Fabric)

Style Maker Make Nine 2017 | Cali Faye Hampshire Trousers

No. 9 | True Bias Hudson Pants

This Christmas I sewed up matching Hudson pants for my friend and her 2 year-old daughter. Now I need to make some for myself, don’t you think? I’m dreaming of a cozy version in sweatshirt fleece! (Pattern | Fabric)

Style Maker Make Nine 2017 | True Bias Hudson Pants

That wraps up my Make Nine List for 2017… now to just get sewing! If all goes according to plan I should have a pretty nice capsule wardrobe by then end of 2017. I’d love to hear what you all have planned for 2017! Any of the same patterns? Maybe you have some other suggestions for my 2017 list. Leave them in the comments below!

Happy New Year and Happy Sewing!

Michelle

Cozy Holiday Pajamas to Sew, Give and Enjoy

One of my favorite holiday traditions is spending all day Christmas day in my pajamas! For many years Christmas Day at our house has been off limits to visitors— is all about enjoying the day, munching/snacking and lounging in our pj’s watching movies or playing games that were under the tree. Since cozy lounge wear and pajamas plays such a key role this time of year, between Christmas and the cold winter days, I thought I would share one of my favorite patterns and a few tips for sewing your own this holiday season.

carolyn-pajamas-patter-cover

Pajamas and pillow cases are two of my favorite things to sew! Not only are they relatively easy, they also get used ALL the time and then normal wardrobe rules don’t apply. There are so many fun designs and colors that I would never wear out of the house but put them on an adorable set of pajama or a cute pillow case and I am in! Last Christmas I shared my go-to pillow case tutorial, so this year I thought I would sew up a couple new pajamas sets to help get you inspired. Since it’s release a couple of years ago, my favorite pj pattern is Closet Case’s Carolyn Pajamas— a modern take on a classic button-up pajama set. I love the fit and the kind of retro look and Heather makes construction a delight with her clear, detailed instructions. I sewed up my first set a while back in a soft cotton lawn and they are so comfy and cool, I wear them all the time! For this season’s set I decided to try a thick cotton jersey. I know the pattern doesn’t call for a knit but we recently got some left over fabrics from the Bedhead (RTW designer) so I thought I would create my own (less expensive) version of their adorable pajamas.

Finished Carolyn Pajamas in Bedhead Jersey Floral

Finished Carolyn Pajamas in Bedhead Jersey Floral

Even though I was using a knit, I decided to keep everything the same on the pattern. I didn’t size down or make any changes, I merely swapped out the fabric type. This plan worked perfectly! Construction I think may have been even easier as knits are a bit more forgiving with easing. My pajamas are the perfect fit, loose but still stylish and over the top comfortable! I highly recommend it! Oh my gosh it is like being wrapped in those cozy t-shirt sheets but even warmer!

Cozy Knit Carolyn Pajamas with the Official Blog Dog, Toby

Cozy Knit Carolyn Pajamas with the Official Blog Dog, Toby

I decided to pipe this set in a fun emerald rayon jersey to bring out the pop of color in the butterfly wings. Although I did cheat a little bit— I cut 1-1/2″ strips, folded them in half and included this in each seam. So much faster and didn’t add all the bulk the traditional piping can add. I questioned the color choice as first but it turned out to be the perfect complement.

Floral Jersey Carolyn Pajama Set

Floral Jersey Carolyn Pajama Set

I couldn’t stop at one new set of pajamas so I added another pair of Carolyn pants to my sewing list along with a matching jersey knit top. For this set I was mostly inspired by the fabric— these fun metallic starts were just too cute to pass up. I used some silver metallic for the piping accent as well as on the neckline on a basic black Hemlock tee. To tie things together I used the pocket pattern from the Carolyn top and added that to my black tee for an extra pop of the fun print. A really quick sew and almost as cute as my jersey floral Carolyn set!

Star Carolyn Pajama Pants and Matching Knit Top

Star Carolyn Pajama Pants and Matching Knit Top

Hopefully both of these have inspired you to sew your own pajamas this season, and not just for yourself! Pajamas and lounge wear make amazing gifts for the holidays. They are typically very forgiving with their relaxed fit and let’s face it, the comfier the better, right! You can also make each piece unique to the person you are gifting them to or make matching pjs for the whole family. The options are endless— with fun prints, bright colors and different fabrics types to choose from you can’t go wrong! For my next pair I’m thinking flannel

bedhead

Other Pajama Fabric Ideas – Find more HERE

There is still plenty of time to sew up a few pieces for the holidays and here are a couple of tips to make it fast and painless.

  • Assembly line sewing is your friend! Get everything cut out and then put the machines to work. This will save time reading directions between steps and let you get everything done in about the same amount of time it would have taken to sew one set.
  • Pick a neutral thread. Save yourself from changing threads by picking something neutral for both the machine and serger. Lucky for me black was a perfect choice!
  • Be sure to label all of your pieces with the size or who it is for. That way if you are sewing multiple garments in the same fabric you won’t get mixed up.
  • Want another time saver? Skip the piping and just hem the pants. This will save you a couple more fussy steps and they still look great!

In the shop we put together a fun collection of fabrics and patterns perfect for holiday lounge wear sewing! Be sure to check it out— lots of unusual knits, cozy French terry, sweatshirt fleece and a few other surprises. Take a look HERE.

Now time to get sewing! The holidays will be here before you know it!

~Michelle

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