Okay, so it's not National Sewing Month anymore - not even close! But I'm determined to finish my original list of projects:
- Creating throw & lumbar pillows with piping & invisible zippers
- Finishing a set of pajamas I'm making out of old sheets (how Sound of Music of me!) and thisfree Colette bloomers pattern
- Creating some fun drawstring bags using this free pattern from Purl Bee - I'd add a waterproof lining.
- Trying out at least one of Colette's fall clothing patterns once they're available (coming in the next few weeks!)
Now I've done 2 out of 4! Next on the list is pillows.
A few years ago, my mom was doing some spring cleaning and preparing several bags of goods for donation. I saw some seldom-used flowered sheets and decided to pull a Maria Von Trappe and turn them into pajamas.
I have to admit, I was pretty daunted - I'd never done anything like making my own elastic casings or even making a buttonhole! I learned a lot with this project, and I can't wait to apply my new skills again. Here are the results - not too bad, if I say so myself!
I do, actually, have two arms! The other one is out of sight of the mirror I used to take this.
A couple of notes on some adjustments I made: I thought having the ties in the front of the legs was a bit too baby-doll for my taste, so I moved them to the sides of each leg.
Also, every pattern review says these bloomers are extremely low in the waist and super short - and they were all right! Next time, I'll cut the pattern an inch higher in the waist and 1.5 in longer. For Step 3 on the Leg Openings page of the pattern, you're supposed to fold the 1.5 in of the leg opening hem over and then create two rows of stitching for a casing.
I felt if I had folded the hem over, these would have been unwearably short, so I cut out two strips of fabric and used that to create the casing on the bottom inside of each leg.
I love that I was able to give new life to these old sheets - have you ever upcycled used textiles into something new?