SWAP Project 1: Darcy Boxer Shorts

Yesterday I finally decided to stop planning and start sewing. Clothes don´t sew themselves or I could just as well go back to buying them. I started with a very ´selfish´ project. Nobody apart from my husband (and daughters) is ever going to see me in these pyjamas and he prefers me not wearing any at all 😉 But still, I want to feel pretty when I crawl in bed next to him.

I thought some ´silk´ boxers would be a good starting point so I set out to make 2 pairs of Darcy Boxers shorts. It´s a free pattern by Measure Twice Cut Once and I had only read good things about them.

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I decided to do everything right and follow the instructions to a T. I have to admit that for a free pattern these instructions are wonderful. They are extensive and helpful. They weren´t as quick as I had guessed (hoped) but it was a day well spend.

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I opted for snaps because I was too lazy to sew buttonholes and they weren´t going to be functional anyway. This way I got to ´practice´ setting in pearl snaps. I have to say, I want to put pearl snaps on everything now and I´m really tempted to order some other colours as well.

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A bit wrinkled since I slept in them 🙂

Final verdict:

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this pattern. It´s absolutely lovely and a breeze to sew. Great for scraps. But instead of feeling all elegant in my ´silky´ new pyjama bottoms, I feel like I´m wearing Hugh Hefners´ underpants. They remain boxer shorts in the end and their cut is very masculine, combine that with the silky fabrics and I´ve got instant Playboy vibes 😀

Doesn´t mean they won´t get worn though, they are the only warm weather appropriate pyjama bottoms I have so until I find another pattern, these will be in heave rotation 😉

I´m even willing to give the pattern another try, but this time use the ´feminine´ instructions and use a different fabric 🙂

Summary:

Size:

  • Cut a size XXL

Alterations:

  • Took in both sides by 1 cm (so 4cm in total)
  • Used snaps instead of buttons
  • Used 4cm elastic instead of 2,5 cm because it was all I had on hand

Fabric & Notions:

  • Red print poly, remnant from stash (no longer available online)
  • Watercolour silk cotton (gift from Hanne)
  • Pearl snaps – bought here
  • Interfacing – stash

 

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Maternity make – Cosy Colours Cardigan

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First on my list of maternity makes was this cosy oversized cardigan. I’d spotted it in the new September issue of Knipmode and it seemed perfect as a nice oversized maternity cardigan.

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For you February – Project Weekender Bag & Project Pajamas

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This For You February post isn’t the most impressive one but I had fun doing it so I wanted to share it anyway.

For You February for my Dad.

It was my father’s birthday coming up and I wanted to give him something personal. He’s a Landrover Defender maniac and he goes away on weekends with a Landrover club a lot. But everytime he has to take one of my mother’s bags and they are all quite feminine. So I decided to make him a weekender bag.

I based my bag on this tutorial for a zippered box pouch. I only made it a lot bigger and added 2 handles. I wanted to incorporate the Landrover logo and decided to carve a stamp. This was also a first and I think it turned out really nice. (I am aware this is technically copyright infringement, but because it was just a gift for my father I thought what the hell.)

He was dead happy with the result and took it to work the next day to show all his colleagues what his ‘little’ girl made him 🙂

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Note: As you can see on the close up of the zipper I had a little touch-and-melt between the zipper and my iron. Whoops, didn’t think about the fact that plastic zippers melt 🙂

For you February for my Mom.

Remember the pajamas I made for myself? Well, my mother loved the pants so much I gave them to her. A few days later she called me saying she had a huge problem. She wasn’t able to take the pants off long enough to get them washed 🙂 She wanted to live in them, they were that comfy and warm.

So I decided to make her another pair. This time I went for an off-white flannel. I saw it as a good opportunity to try out some decorative stitches on my new machine. I wanted to try flowers but my mother isn’t really the flowery type so I chose ton-sur-ton thread and went for geometric stitches instead. She loved them and now both pants are on heavy rotation.

I’m really sorry for the bad photo quality on this one, but my mother took these pictures with her iPad.

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Note: I have enough of this flannel and the plaid flannel left to make some for me, so yay! 🙂

How is your For You February going?

Banksia Pajamas: What to sew when you have the flu!

I had been coming down with something for a few days but on Monday morning it hit me full on! Went to the doctor’s and he told me I had to stay in bed for three days.

Well, I’m not good at staying in bed… There’s only so much TV I can watch. I felt a bit better yesterday, as long as I was sitting down and not thinking to hard 🙂

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I had some fabric left over from the pajama pants I made my cousins for Christmas. (To be fair, I had bought way too much fabric) The idea was to make pajama pants from that same pattern and make a pajama top using the Banksia pattern. I had visions of flannel plaid with lace hems. I drew what I wanted it to look like. In all honesty, I can’t draw so I just copied the girl on the Banksia pattern, bit worried it’s copyright infringement or something.

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As I love lounging around in my pajamas on a Sunday, but most of the bought pajamas look too much like pajamas. I wanted something that wouldn’t make me rush to the mailbox in fear of being seen in my pajamas but made me strut proudly down the driveway!

So the first idea was to use the same pattern for my pants as the one I used for my cousins. But because they are very very slim and the legs weren’t tapered, I was afraid my pants would just end up being way to wide at the bottom. I didn’t like the fit around the back either. So after some debating (with my inner self) I decided to draft the pants myself.

I did cheat a little bit, took a pair I bought once and really liked and measured those up. I even wrote it down in my notebook 🙂 It’s the first time I actually took the time to sit down and think everything over and plan in advance rather than figuring it out along the way. Looking back, it made it a lot easier for me because I knew in advance that I had everything I needed so I could just get on with things.

I drafted the pattern, traced it on regular pattern paper and cut it out. Did I make a muslin? Ofcourse not, why would I make an easy to sew model before bothering with matching up all the plaids. (That’s sarcastic me talking)

Luckily my cat (Noodles) was there to supervise the project until I had all my pieces cut up and put on a neat little pile. (For the record: I hate matching plaids)

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I was thinking about doing a small tutorial on how I did it, but then I struck me, everyone reading this knows how to do pajama pants and I’m not that good yet. So i just took pictures of (almost) every step so you can see what I did.

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The banksia top part was fairly easy, as I did it 3 times before 🙂 The only hiccups in the process was the bias tape I used to face the sleeves. I had to do both sides twice because the thread kept bulging. In the end I’m very happy with how the top turned out, the only thing I can’t seem to fix is the fit of the collar. On each one the collar isn’t matching up in the centre and I don’t know how that happens. I’ll have to look into it next time.

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The pants were fairly standard and I made sure I pressed every seam meticulously. I also topstitched over every seam and it looks great! The hard part really was getting the elastic in. The waistband was maybe a bit too well measured but in the end I pulled it off.

Every red line on the pajama matches! I’m so proud of myself! Even the lines of the pockets match up so they seem ‘invisible’ when you look at them.

deel 5The fit of the top is great, no changes there. I should however alter the fit of the pants a bit. Lower the waistline in the front and make it a bit higher in the back. But apart from that nothing that i could have done better.

Deel 6I especially love the white waistband that matches the collar on the top. I wanted to put a drawstring in but in the end decided against it as it was merely decorative. I also left off the lace because 1. It’s busy enough as it is 2. There’s 15 cm of snow outside and the temperature is -14. I wasn’t going to get in my car just to get some lace.

It’s save to say that I love the way this turned out, I made it sleeveless because I can’t stand sleeves when I sleep, I need my arms to be cold. During the daytime I just put a cardigan on top and I’m good to go. It has the boyfriend stamp of approval although he thinks it’s too classy for pajamas. I don’t care, nothing wrong with classy self made pajamas!

I want to wear this to work btw!