I don’t want to sound too smug, but it’s only February and I’m already halfway through my #SewSix! Admittedly, I peaked too soon with last year’s #MakeNine but I’m reasonably confident I’ll get these six projects finished in less than six months. You can read about the rest of my #SewSix plans here.
First up… SUSHIJAMAS! I couldn’t resist this fun jersey from Like Sew Amazing and intended to sew myself some snuggly pyjamas over the Christmas period. Unfortunately, I didn’t get as much sewing time as I’d hoped and only managed to finish my Sudley dress.
Image from Like Sew Amazing
I chose the Frankie baseball tee and Stella joggers patterns from Tilly’s Stretch book as I figured it was about time I sewed something other than Freya tops and dresses.
I know these don’t seem like particularly challenging makes, but I’ve been wimping out of sewing a jersey neckband FOREVER and this was my first attempt. It’s not perfect but I’m pretty proud, although I’m definitely not sharing a close up! I couldn’t seem to get the twin needle to play ball so I stuck to a good old-fashioned zigzag for the top stitching. I used a black cotton jersey for the raglan sleeves, neckband and accents on the joggers.
I love the fit of the Frankie: its comfy and casual and perfect for lounging. The only adjustment I made was to use the same curve on the back hem as the front, as I’ve never got a neat finish on very curved hems in knits.
The Stella joggers pattern is designed with heavier weight knits in mind. I’ve made a pair from lightweight jersey and found them a big “legging-y” (that’s a word) so I sized up from a size three to a five for this pair and they’re just what I wanted. I also added a strip of contrast fabric along the pocket edge by sandwiching it between the pocket bag pieces. I made these at a sewing day and had forgotten my knit interfacing so this helped stabilise the pocket opening. It has the added bonus of making it less obvious that I made no attempt to pattern match!
These are honestly the comfiest pyjamas ever and I will be living in them until it gets warmer. I’ve made quite a few pairs of summer pyjamas so I’m thrilled to finally tick winter PJs off my sewing list. However, be warned if you follow suit: it feels SUPER AWKWARD to take photos of yourself in pyjamas!
You can see more of my homemade clothes on Instagram!