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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Some Sewing

While I wait for my Beccs Cardigan to block, I thought I'd show you a little bit of sewing!  I've been trying to figure out the perfect pajama situation and I think I've got it sorted out now.  I've been making the Margot Pajama Bottoms from Love At First Stitch for over a year now and paired with a store bought knit t-shirt, this works really well for colder weather.  I needed to figure out a warm weather pajama solution though and that took a bit of experimenting.
I started with a pair of Lexi Chick Boxers which is a bias cut pair of boxer shorts shaped for women.  This worked out really well but I made them in flannel which has a bit more body than what the pattern called for, so I knew they weren't fitting and hanging quite the way they were supposed to.  They still fit well and were comfortable, so I paired them with a knit tank and have been sleeping in them all summer.
Fifi pajamas
Then I tried a set of Fifi Pajamas.  They are from Tilly and the Buttons, just like the Margot Pajama Bottoms.  The Fifi's have a bias cut camisole style top and shorts cut on grain.  Since there's a top and bottoms, the potential exists for a matched set (which really appeals to me).  I made those up and while they fit, they don't move the way I really want them to while I sleep.  I have no idea why I'm fine with full length pajama pants cut on the straight grain, but I really prefer bias cut pajama shorts.  I figured out that I preferred the bias cut of Lexi Boxers to the straight grain cut of the Fifi bottoms, and despite the top being cut on bias, it's no where near as stretchy as a knit top, which is what I really prefer.
Lexi boxers
So now that I had a plan, I knew it was time to try the Lexi Boxers in a more drapy, fluid fabric.  I got some rayon from Cotton and Steel and made up a second pair of Lexi Boxers.  The drape was perfect and paired with a store bought tee, they made a very comfy pajama set.  Last night I tested them and they were very comfortable.  I think I've finally got a warm weather pajama plan!

Lexi boxers 
The really great thing about these boxers is that they take less than two hour to cut out and sew up!



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