Polka Dot Carolyn PJs


Not blogged in a while, but lots going on in the studio.

I’ve mainly been working on drafting my own blocks, and designing, but have managed to find time to squeeze in some sewing too.

In my last post I blogged about the shorts I made for my sister using the Carolyn PJ pattern from Closet Case Files. After seeing how lovely they turned out I decided this would be the perfect pattern for the polka dot brushed cotton I had been hoarding. I think it was from Minerva Crafts, but I bought it several months ago, so can’t be certain. This fabric is super soft to touch, so it’s perfect for PJs.

It’s been a nightmare trying to photograph this make with the limited daylight in Shetland during the winter. I think the only option for taking photos in a decent amount of light here is to wait for a clear day and take them outside, but we have recently moved into a lovely new flat in Lerwick and while on the island I could have run outside in my PJs and taken photos of myself, don’t really fancy doing so in the middle of town….ha. So apologies for the rubbish pics, but I really wanted to blog these.

Polka Dot Carolyn PJs

Polka dot Carolyn 3



I love this pattern, I found this such an enjoyable make, it was relatively straight forward, but the effect is really professional. I particularly found the collar instructions to be fantastic as I have struggled with collars in the past, but this one was simple to sew and looks great.

I serged the seams and after much deliberation decided to use self-cover buttons. I really struggle to find nice buttons, if anyone has any tips on where to source some nice ones I’d really appreciate it.

I have so many more ideas for this pattern. I really want to make a long leg and long sleeve pair next and as I didn’t add the piping to these, I will experiment with that in my next pair.

Coincidentally, while making these, I opened my copy of Grazia to see that PJs as day wear is back, which gives me a great excuse to wear them in public…

These photos are taken in my new studio space! It is so awesome that our new flat has this beautiful loft space, I practically live up here at the moment. It is so nice to have a dedicated sewing space that I can close off at night and not worry about people standing on my pins…. I will maybe give you a virtual tour next time, when it’s less messy 🙂



Birthday Bulldog Shorts

Okay, this make is a bit far removed from my usual taste, but I love this mad fabric.

Ages ago, during my first experience of online fabric shopping, I bought this fabric from Modes4u with the intention of making a birthday present for my sister. She loves french bulldogs and it just seemed too hilarious and cute to pass up.

I ordered 1.5m, knowing very little at that point about how much fabric it takes to make a garment. My order arrived, and was promptly shoved in the fabric cupboard, where it stayed until last week (sorry Lizzie).

Lizzie’s birthday is on halloween, and as I had failed miserably to make her something last year, I felt the time had come to bring out the bulldogs. 

I took a long time to decide what to make with this fabric, novelty fabric garments can be tricky to pull off.  My first thought was to make a dress, but I felt it was unlikely she would find many occasions to wear it. I eventually decided night-wear would be most appropriate considering the fabric choice.

I fell in love with Heather’s Carolyn PJs pattern the moment I saw it. I am a massive fan of Closet Case Files, and this is my favourite of her patterns, although they are all fabulous. I have been meaning to make a pair for ages, but have never managed to find the time. Finally I did, and man am I hooked. I see many pairs coming my way. I have some brushed cotton polka dot fabric waiting in the wings for this pattern. I love a good pair of PJs.

Anyway back to the Bulldog PJs. The fabric is 100% cotton and therefore nice to work with, however it does fray a lot.

I found these came together really easily with the help of Heather’s instructions. They were an extremely satisfying make as the construction was relatively simple, but the finish looks really professional. I especially love the addition of the cuffs and the faux fly front.

It was tricky pattern matching this garment due to the size of the bulldog pattern. This is an area I need to work on.

If I’m being fussy, the waistband seam was slightly uneven on the inside, so I will make sure to rectify that with my next pair, but as it’s on the inside, it won’t be visible anyway.

I hope Lizzie approves of these shorts, I would have loved to make the matching top, but unfortunately didn’t have enough yardage this time.

I really enjoyed this make and thoroughly recommend this pattern. Happy Birthday Lizzie! 🙂

French Bulldog PJ Shorts 2

French Bulldog PJ shorts3

French Bulldog PJs4