The new oliver+s patterns will soon be available.
I thought that would be a great incentive to finish up a few promised projects.
With a basket of Bedtime Story(by oliver+s,now sadly discontinued) pajama's waiting to be sewn(one pair a Christmas gift)it was time to ask myself why I had not finished them yet.
I love these pj's,they are so cute but I always struggle with the neck!
I did work it out and blog my method here and it works well but is just a bit fiddly.
To add to the incentive,Lidia has been very ill and her hand-me-down nighties were looking the worst for wear after being washed and worn several times a day.
Time to sew these pj's!
I had a cotton/linen blouse cut out for Lid's so I decided to use that for trial and error purposes.
If it didn't work-noone would ever know....
Don't be tempted to miss this step you will need this stitching!
Pin the fronts to the back and sew together-DON'T stop at the dot!
I sewed slowly and lifted the foot as needed to ease any lumps and bumps.
I used webbing for the inside ties,which I finished with a double fold and top stitched,and satin ribbon for the outside bow,which I finished with a hot knife to prevent fraying.
I find it helpful to mark the stitching line.
It needs to be quite smooth.
If you give it a tap with a hammer it will flatten down nicely.
This would be the perfect time to add some trim. I had some pieces of vintage lace that I had been wanting to use.
Pardon my language but how arsey was that?
I find it helps to mark the sewing line and pre-clip to it.
Sew the seam,carefully straightening it and slightly curving at the underarm.
Making Easter cards.
A blouse in an hour!
Very pretty with this seasons signature-lace.
And those two left over pieces?
I'm thinking tweedy wool,fully lined with lace around the front panel....