Sunday, 23 June 2013

Pink Panda Pyjama Party!

Hooray for brand new pyjamas! I had already been eyeing up this fantastic fabric from The Eternal Maker for some new PJs; it's called hidden panda!

Of course I used the new Sewaholic Tofino pattern. Toino is a great pattern this is; straight forward and pretty. My new jim-jams came together really quickly, despite my best efforts to screw them up. The phrase more haste less speed comes to mind.

I realised I would be away at the in-laws and a friend's wedding from 19-23 June. So I'd have to get ahead and have a blog post all sorted before we left. But it really is a good idea to buy the correct supplies. I couldn't find any piping cord in my local Hobby Craft so I left with some chunky braid thinking it would be fine.... guess what? not fine. My piping was a big fat mess, wonky and twisted. I only then realised it would probably be uncomfortable too. After a touch of internet shopping and a short wait I had some nice skinny piping cord and a brand new piping foot for my machine. Postage and unpicking time slowing me up a bit.

A piping foot has a two channels in the base to guide it over the piping cord, keeping your stitches even and close to the cord. In the end, I found my concealed zip foot worked even better as my piping was so skinny.

Based on my measurements, the finished garment measurements (so useful) and some existing pyjama pants, I cut a size 6. Existing pink panda print pyjamas no less! The only change I made to the pattern was to remove 4 inches of length from the legs, which at 5'1 is fairly standard for me. When I was finished I added contrast cuffs to the legs, just cutting a strip of fabric to to correct width. I really like how the cuff pulls it all together.

I'm very pleased with how they have worked out. I think I'll be needing another pair for the winter. Now, where can I get my hands on some panda print brushed cotton?!


  1. oh, what a wonderful print! love finding the pandas afterward

    1. I know, irresistible isn't it?

  2. I really like the contrast cuff! Your pj's came out super cute.

  3. Oooh, what pretty fabric choices! Thanks so much for taking part.

  4. Ooh, your panda print is soooo gorgeous - I want some! Lovely PJs - I think they're my favourite so far.

  5. What a great print!
    I like looking for the pandas:) That colour combo is so cute and works so well.