Carolyn Pajamas in railroad denim

Carolyn Pajamas in railroad denim - finished

It should be no surprise to anyone reading this blog that I enjoy sewing the same pattern over and over (and over…) again.  What can I say?  Once I go through the trouble of tracing, muslining, and adjusting a pattern, I like to get as much mileage out of it as possible.  Plus, there’s just something so satisfying about starting a project without all the fuss of fitting – just cut and sew.

So, here I present to you yet another pair of Carolyn Pajamas, this time in short sleeves and shorts for the upcoming spring and summer months.  The main fabric is a railroad denim that had been marinating in my mini-stash for over a year.  Since I don’t stash fabric, the fact that this piece had not yet been put to good use was driving me crazy.  It was one of only 2 uncut pieces of fabric that I currently own, and it was long overdue for its time at the sewing machine.  I had originally bought it to make a pair of pants, but I recently changed my mind and decided to use it for PJs instead.  Done and done!

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More flannel Carolyn Pajamas

Flannel Carolyn Pajama shorts - finished project

I sewed something!  Can you believe it?  I can barely believe it myself.  🙂  This is a pair of Carolyn Pajama shorts using the leftover flannel from my winter PJ set, which has been getting plenty of wear over the last few months.  I had just a bit (maybe 3/4 yard?) of fabric leftover and wanted to put it to good use.  Plus, this was a quick and easy project to lure me back into the sewing vortex after my unexpected and much too long hiatus.  (I’m wearing it with a hacked Renfrew tee that I made last summer, which has also gotten a ton of wear.)

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Carolyn sews the Carolyn Pajamas – finished!

Carolyn Pajamas in Shetland Flannel - finished

Winter is coming, and now I have a cozy new pair of flannel pajamas to enjoy the cold weather in style!  I never thought it would take me over three months to complete this project, but if life is going to get all up in my grill, the least it can do is give me a new pair of fancy PJs in the process.  🙂  I chose gender-neutral colors for this project since I still plan on making matching PJs for my boyfriend – stay tuned for that awesomeness!  For now though, let’s talk about this set that’s mine, all mine!

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Carolyn sews the Carolyn Pajamas – update

Carolyn Pajamas in progress - front

Remember when I started this project?  Apparently it was back in August!  I had no idea that my sewing would take such a long hiatus while my work situation transitioned, but I’m happy to report that I seem to be getting back into the swing of things.  Case in point: more progress on this long-neglected project!

The pattern is, of course, the Carolyn Pajamas by Closet Case Files.  After making a muslin of both the shirt and pants, I finally cut into my flannel.  I’m using Robert Kaufman Shetland Flannel in navy herringbone with accents of maroon flannel for the piping.  In hindsight, using flannel for the piping wasn’t such a great idea.  The flannel is pretty thick, and there are just too many layers where the piping is inserted.  Lesson learned for next time.  I really like the look of the contrast piping though, particularly since I opted not to use cording.  The piping is just single-fold bias tape, inserted flat.

Carolyn Pajamas in progress - pant cuffs

At this point, the pants are complete, and the shirt is in progress.  The collar and lapels took forever to get just right – they were a challenge!  I like challenging projects though, and I enjoyed taking my time with it.  You know I sew at a glacial pace.  🙂  Since I very rarely get any sewing done during the week, I expect to finish these PJs next weekend.

In other news, I’ve been struggling to get good photos lately.  I’m in-between cameras and have been using a little point-and-shoot, which simply isn’t up to the job of taking close-up, indoor blog photos.  I took a ton of shots, and these two were the *least* blurry… but still pretty blurry!  Ugh.  Good cameras are expensive though, and it may be a while before I can save enough pennies to replace my old one.  Please bear with me until then.

Camera issues aside, I’m so glad to be back to sewing!  I’m excited to finish these fancy PJs and get cracking on John’s set.  Remember how I’m making matching PJs for us??  Hahaha, this is going to be awesome.  🙂  Any recommendations for a good men’s PJ pattern?

Wrapping up my vacation

Hello sewing friends!  Long time, no post!  I’ve been off from work for the past few weeks enjoying a much-needed post-PhD vacation.  While I had intended to sew up a storm during my time off, I wound up taking an unplanned break from sewing and blogging.  I didn’t even realize I needed it!  The vacation turned out to be a welcome break from many aspects of my everyday life, and I’ve been very much enjoying just loafing around, doing some shopping, catching up on old tv shows, and enjoying the absolutely beautiful fall weather that has finally (!!) arrived here in Boston.  My vacation was largely unproductive, but who cares!  It’s a vacation, after all.  I can go back to being productive when I go back to work next week.  🙂

Maggie napping upside down

I found Maggie fast asleep in this position; she woke up when I took the picture!

With that said, I wanted to check in and share a little bit of what I’ve been up to.

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Video sewing update: Carolyn Pajamas pants muslin

What’s a girl to do with a newly-issued PhD, a few weeks off from work, and 8 yards of glorious flannel?  Get sewing, of course!!  I started working on the Closet Case Carolyn Pajamas a few weeks ago (before the infamous #diapershorts Version 2.0 incident), and now I’m back to working on them with renewed excitement.  Since I don’t have finished pajamas to show you just yet, I put together a video sewing update as a fun way to share my work-in-progress.

The 5-minute video features a completed muslin of the pajama pants, including – gasp – me modeling the pants in the video!  The video quality is not the greatest since my recording and editing skills leave a lot to be desired, but hopefully it’s a fun and informative way of checking out the fit of the pattern “in person.”  Plus, you can once again enjoy my nasal voice and American accent.  🙂

I sewed a straight size 10 of the pajama pants, which corresponds well to my current measurements.  The fabric is a mystery cotton blend from JoAnn’s that I picked up over 10 years ago, long forgotten until my recent apartment move.  Hooray for muslin fabric that I never knew I had!  You’ll see in the video that the pants fit well with NO alterations, which is extremely rare for me.  How delightful!

You can view the video directly on YouTube here.  Oh, and I when I say that the pants weren’t too long for me, I meant that they weren’t too short (as patterns usually are for me) – oops!

To get a better look at the Shetland flannel, you can check out the navy herringbone here and the maroon here.  I wonder if I’ll actually use all 8 yards of fabric.  If I have some left over after making pajamas for John and me, maybe I can make a matching garment for my cat.  🙂  The trick would be getting her to actually wear it, LOL!  I think there’s a better chance of me getting another PhD!!

To check out my previous video sewing updates, visit their original blog posts (Vlog 1 | Vlog 2) or simply visit my YouTube channel.  (I can’t believe I simultaneously own a flip phone and a YouTube channel.  Something is wrong here!)

I hope you’re all having a great week.  What’s on your sewing table these days?

Carolyn sews the Carolyn Pajamas: shirt muslin

Carolyn Pajamas shirt muslin - with pillow

This post could alternatively be titled: “Thou shalt not question the great Heather Lou.”

I know I’m late to the party with this pattern, but that’s nothing new for me!  Although I suspect most of you have already sewn up the Closet Case Carolyn Pajamas and/or have seen a bunch of gorgeous versions online, I hope you’ll indulge me as I work my way through this pattern, one muslin at a time.  Now, I know this pattern is named after the one and only Carolyn of Handmade by Carolyn – a ridiculously talented sewist by all definitions – but ever since it came out, I couldn’t help but think that it would be cool to sew up a pattern with my name on it.  If I tell myself that it was actually named after me, well, that’ll just be my own little delusion.  🙂

(By the way, thank you for the comments on my last post about my blog photos.  I think I actually managed to relax in the photo above!)

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