CLOSET CORE CAROLYN PAJAMAS
It’s never too late! Two weeks ago I hosted my final Tea Time Live event on my YouTube channel. I had planned to sew a new pair of luxurious pajamas to wear for the occasion. Well, time got away from me and I didn’t get to make the pajamas before the party. So, I decided to make them for New Year’s Eve instead. They’re absolutely perfect for bringing in the new year. AND, they’re perfect for welcoming guests. You had to be at the last Tea Time to know what that means. Hahaha!
Do you go out for New Year’s Eve? I used to in my twenties, but after I had kids I started staying home to bring in the new year with my family. To this day, I still stay home and they’re both grown men living their own lives. Hahaha! I have my wine ready but I already know I won’t stay up till midnight. I don’t even try anymore. I’ll have my wine with dinner and get myself in the bed when this body says it’s time. Hahaha!!!
I used the Closet Core Carolyn Pajamas pattern to make this luxurious set. The top can be sewn with short or long sleeves, has a classic notched collar, curved hem and breast pocket. The pattern also comes with 2 options for matching bottoms. Choose between a straight-legged pant or shorts. The bottoms have an elasticized waist, pockets and a faux fly. The piping detail is optional but adds beautiful character to the set. I also added feathers to the sleeve and pants cuffs for a more elegant look.
Adding the feathers made the seams very bulky. I used 3 layers of feather trim because they were really thin. I also used piping with the feathers. That was overkill and made the sleeves heavy and curved outwards. It’s okay though. Lesson learned and I’m still rocking my pajamas. I thought about removing the feathers, but these will be worn in the privacy of my own home and I absolutely love them. So the feathers will stay for now. They may come off later
Make sure you sew your buttonholes on the correct side. I messed up on that this time. Hahaha! To all my new beginners, don’t let mistakes scare you. We ALL make mistakes. I just keep it pushing with mine and own my masterpieces.
I used this lightweight, Poly Satin that’s slightly textured and a bit see through. I didn’t think that detail through when adding the pockets. Otherwise, I would have eliminated them to prevent show-through underneath the fabric. If you are a beginner, don’t go anywhere near this fabric. It is very slinky and slippery, sheds a lot and snags easily.
The fabric is super delicate and requires extra care when cutting because it moves easily. It’s best to cut on a single layer with a sharp rotary cutter to prevent shifting and to ensure your cuts are on grain. Also, it’s best to use a ballpoint needle when working with this fabric to prevent snagging the fabric. Make sure your nails are filed too because anything and everything will snag the fabric.
The pattern calls for buttons for the top, elastic for the waistband on the bottoms, and optional piping. As mentioned above, I also added these feathers by Simplicity. After using my serger to finish off the raw edges where the feathers were inserted, it became apparent that the feathers are sticky or sealed inside the band with some type of glue. My needles became very gummy and caused the stitches to skip and break. That was not fun.
I love the pearlized shank buttons against this fabric. They add a touch of elegance to the set.
Because I didn’t feel like making my own piping, I purchased some from my local fabric store. I’m glad I made that move because I wouldn’t have wanted to make piping with this fabric.
My Plans for the Pajamas
While I made them to wear for New Year’s Eve 2022, I also plan to wear them anytime I want to feel fabulous while lounging around the house. I’m planning to make another pair with a different fabric and no feathers. I’m thinking of a good, warm flannel pair of pajamas, maybe with a plaid print.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
I pray that your new year is blessed, prosperous, and full of God’s grace.
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