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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Psychedelic Crossword Pajamas

Who needs drugs when you can find fabric like this?  

In my defense....no, no...I have no defense.  Honestly, I don't know what I was thinking when I bought this fabric; all I remember is that I'd had it up to here looking for a good quality, non-juvenile flannel for cold night PJ's.  Maybe I had reached the stage when I actually wanted drugs (no, kids...I don't go there.   anymore.)   Not only did I buy some fabric, I bought Five. Yards.  of the stuff.  (it must have been cheap) And I needed flannel jammies.  So dangit, with 5 yards of it, I was going to make jammies with it!

The pattern - Simplicity 2823:


I actually bought this pattern to make jammies for my darling Mumsy, because it seemed like something that would be easy to get on and off for her without dealing with buttons.   I didn't review it because the only thing I used from the original pattern was the neckline, since her body required so many alterations.  

For my version, I didn't bother tracing the pattern like I usually do; I just cut the original tissue - the 99 cents for a pattern I probably wasn't going to use again didn't warrant any special preservation.  So, even though this was, technically, the second time I had made this pattern, I didn't realize until I had the pattern tissue cut out that the shoulders in the size Small dropped halfway to my elbows!   Linebacker PJ's, anyone?  And I don't know WHO the pants were designed for, but I added about 2" to the height at the back waist, and dropped about 3" to the front.....way bizarre, that was.   I barely remember what all of the other alterations were, but I think it's fair to say that I either added or subtracted from every.  single.  seam.   For a set of loose-fitting pajamas???  Clearly this pattern was not designed for my body!

Once it was all done, I ended up folding over the front placket, essentially removing another 2" from the center front.  This was mainly because I wanted more chest coverage in a winter flannel jammies than the pattern covered.   I also just sewed up the placket - no need at all for buttons, and the top is still easy to get on over the head.

The end result?  Jammies that make me smile and giggle, and when the lights go out the psychedelic aspect doesn't matter any more so they won't keep me awake, and best of all, they do what they're supposed to and keep me comfortably warm.  :)

And the kitty approves too :)

Coming Soon.....a project I'm really having fun with, and learning a lot in the process.   Here's a sneak peek:

27 comments:

KC said...

Those are definitely Joyful Jammies!

Carolyn said...

These are such fun! and I can see why they make you smile.
Jammies is a very good solution to what-was-I-thinking? fabric. I've done exactly the same thing myself a few times :D

Martha said...

Seriously cute!

Judi Pinkham said...

All jammies should be that cute and fit.that.well!!!

Camryn Forrest said...

terrific fun! Thanks for another smile.

soisewedthis said...

you could embroider some words on them, crossword style ;)

RhondaBuss said...

I LOVE your pjs! I too am a big fan of pjs.
Now, this new project...at first I thought it was a dog and then I saw a little pig in the corner. I am going to huff and puff until you tell us more:)

Jilly Be said...

LOL great idea, and I could.....but I won't. ;D If I had wall room though, I think it would be a brilliant wall hanging idea!

Jilly Be said...

You're on the right track..... :)

Valerie said...

Love your colourful jammies. Are you making a storybook quilt?

Jilly Be said...

Not a quilt, although there may be a small amount of quilting involved. It's a gift (to be finished and delivered this weekend ACK!) so I can't so much until next week :)

gwensews said...

Happy pajamas! Sweet dreams!

Dixie said...

Wowzer, those are some colorful jammies! And comfortable, too, I bet. So cute on you!

shams said...

Those jammies came out great!!

Jean said...

Super cute jammies! And cat-approved too -- what could be better?

Lynne Williams said...

Adorable...just like you Jillie:)

Glenda said...

Love these!

Melanie said...

I'll have to put some of that fabric in my medicine cabinet - it's fabulous! Your new PJs look comfy and cool.

Jilly Be said...

A lining for the medicine cabinet door.....I like that thought! ;D

Jilly Be said...

Awwww shucks thanks blush :)

Jilly Be said...

I am too, especially after a couple of weeks of breaking them in :)

Jilly Be said...

Purrrrrrrrr......

Jilly Be said...

thanks! It did take a bit of alteration after I thought they were done, but they do fit! :)

Jilly Be said...

Thank you! :)

Jilly Be said...

I've noticed interesting dreams lately...... ;D

Jilly Be said...

Thanks! :)

Jilly Be said...

:) :) :)