Last post ….

… for 2014!

The other week I showed you my housecoat, which I did up, mostly, without a pattern.  This week I’ve got the PJ’s done.  I’m using an EASY pattern, McCall’s M7060. I could have probably used the same bodice sloper I used for my housecoat, as there isn’t much to the PJ top, but hey! sometimes it is nice to just follow the directions given you.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

I found my fabrics in the 100% knit/sleepwear SALE bin at my fabric store.  One of the fabrics had a label “unknown fibres”.  Hmmm.  They were all slightly stretchy, but the solid blue seemed like it was lighter than the two prints.  The two prints I chose for the PJ tops had more body to them. But the prices were right so I gave it a shot.  Of course, Simon decided to come lend a paw with the cutting out.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

I decided to play around with some of the stitches available on my sewing machine.  Amazing how they are there, at least 60 stitch options (not an outrageous number), and yet in my three years of sewing with this Janome machine I have yet to say that I have tried them all.  I did try this knit stitch.  It worked very well on both top fabrics, although they are not really stretchy this stitch did make a pretty hem.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

There was also this stretch stitch which was recommended for knit fabrics and bias seams to avoid seam puckering.  I didn’t really need it here on my hem but I thought I would try it out.  Man, it was slow, pretty much one forward and one back all the way around – yawn!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

My next hem I just zig zagged, I wanted something fast and quick!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Facings done and topstitched with my 1/4″ foot.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

All done!  I told you it was easy!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Dolly’s got some new PJ’s now!  I wrestled with Dolly trying to put on her PJ bottoms as she only has one leg with four feet at the bottom sticking out in all directions.  I almost dissembled her in the process.  Then I realized that her feet could all point straight down.  So I lay her down and easily slipped one pant leg on and pullled her PJ bottoms up to her waist.  Hard to believe something so simple could stump me! 🙂

I do like how the PJ tops drape and they will be warm and cozy for the winter, but the PJ bottoms are too light and tend to bunch up here and there, even on one-legged Dolly.  I would like to say stay away from that fabric in the future, but I think it was the “unknown fibres” one, so all I can say is next time I’ll make sure I have a comfortable drape on all my fabrics.  The PJ bottoms will be a re-do with another blue lightweight knit that I have in my stash.  This pattern is so easy to do that I should have the new bottoms ready soon.

Seeing as this is my Last Post for 2014, I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!  I plan on enjoying my time off from work with my family and friends, lounging in my new housecoat and PJ’s in front of the fire with a hot chocolate and Christmas cookies and watching movies and reading blogs (yes, if you keep creating and blogging I will keep reading and commenting).

Back to my Christmas cookie baking now!

Happy Sewing!

See you all next year!

21 thoughts on “Last post ….

  1. Very nice PJs. I particulalry like the first top, a shame bottoms don’t work as well as you’d hoped. That simon’s good the way he lends a paw. Happy baking and happy new year.

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  2. Merry Christmas Linda…. Great job….you did well..
    Thank you for your kind words over the past months since I started my blog….really helped me with my blog. Looking forward to 2015. Wishing you and your family a merry merry Christmas and a happy new year. 🙂

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  3. jvandervlugt says:

    Interesting stitches and so many. Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year. Simon is a model. He has the 3/4 profile and the one paw forward. Very chic kitty. 😊

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