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18 January 2011

Pyjama Fail - An Un-Tutorial

If you're gonna screw up some sewing, let it be a pair of pyjamas that *likely* won't be seen by the neighbours. 

First, begin a new sewing project at 11:00 pm when you really should be drooling on your pillow already.  Underestimate how much lovely China Doll flannel (Michael Miller) to buy so that you have to lengthen the pants with scraps of sherpa fleece. 

But make sure it's not the same shade of sherpa fleece that you use to construct the back of the shirt to add some stretch to it. 

Next, use painfully thin bias tape when binding the neck seam so that you miss capturing some of the raw edge.  Be too lazy to rip it off and start again.  Just zigzag stitch over the parts you missed with unmatching thread.  (I'm really on a roll here).

Finally, use some antique lace to close the neck.  Really scratchy antique lace.  The kind your kid is going to insist you remove with your good old friend The Seam Ripper.

Yep, she's still going to wear these pyjamas, and people might ask ooh, did you make those yourself?  to which I'll have to fess up.

19 comments:

casserole said...

You might see all the mess-ups, but I guarantee you that the little girl will only see the snuggle pajamas that her mama made just for her. And she'll love them.

shelleydf73 said...

They are still cute, regardless. Much better than some of the things I've constructed! Lol.

Jenn Girl said...

LOL! You're so funny! I've totally been there. I'm sure your little girl witll love them just the same! She might think it was all on purpose!

ThatsMyTri said...

I can't tell you how many things I have sewn, ripped out and redone. At this point for me, mistakes in at life are my way of letting people know I am not perfect, in case that wasn't obvious. :) Love the print, so cute! I am sure they will get worn and loved.

Småenglenes verksted said...

at least they are one of a kind

Hello Kendra said...

I think they're cute. Flaws make them interesting.

viento said...

In a blog world full of perfect mammas (you in my mind being one of them ;) I am so glad to see that I am not the only one who has started to late and then gone from bad to worse lol. I actually think that your pjs are remarkably cute in the end. Loved this post, thank you a million for letting me know that you are only almost perfect!

Melissa said...

Loved this post. And I love that flannel fabric! Thanks for bringing us through this one step by step because I may have left out the scratchy lace. ♥

bluejeancreations said...

I can totally relate. I have projects I have given up on and trashed. You are brave and cute to share your screw ups with the whole world.

Thanks. For giving me a good laugh. I have been trying too create some sewing projects to start an etsy shop, but I always seem to find at lest one imperfection which means I end up with something else for myself or my kids.

Although I can tell you from 40 years plus of sewing experience, people that don't sew usually don't even notice our little imperfections. :)
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Little Treasures said...

The number similar things happened to me?? Indefinite...
Love the flannel and am sure your daughter will love them too!

Mike said...

Oh, I love it! I am the same way sometimes. So little time and so many grandiose ideas running through my head! I just want to hurry up and get it start it and then get it done.
Rachel

Stephanie Rose said...

HAHAHA....thanks for the laugh...You had me at "First, begin a new sewing project at 11:00 pm when you really should be getting to bed" - can't tell you how many times I have started when I should have been stopping. It does not look as terrible as you seem to think it is. I think it's quite cute and I bet she'll love the fact that her mommy made it. :)

Celeste said...

I think they're cute and your daughter won't notice the "flaws", except the ribbon maybe. My kids are happy whenever I make them something, regardless if it's made right or not.

Sewing-Chick said...

I swear I hate bias tape for that very reason-- happens to me all the time :)

maleahbliss said...

I had just typed a comment and it disapeared...I don't think it posted? So, i'm rewriting it, but incase it did post, I don't want to seam (heehee), ahem, seem crazy.

OHMYGOSGH!!! I feel so honored to be to be on your list! Especially since I've been reading you for over a year now! (I'm also feeling a little intimidated! Those are some BIG names I'm up there with!! lol!) Thank you so much fo including me on it! and for reading! It's nice to know that people read and actually like what I have to say. ;)

maleahbliss said...

Oh! and I have to say that is the. cutest. fabric!! I'm with everyone else, all I see is cuteness, not flaws! :) But, I've totally been there! I pin bias tape like crazy, cuz I've missed it too and SO MANY occations! And I SUPER HATE seam ripping. (I too have just zigzag over it too! lol The lazy sewer's fix.) ;)

NurseMommyof2 said...

I thought 11pm at night was when all sewing projects were supposed to be started!!!

Jessica Christensen said...

Laughing my head off about this, because I have been there SO many times! Thanks for the un-tutorial. :)

Ani said...

Thanks so much for the laugh. Sometimes I think everyone in blogland always does well, and that I'm the only one still learning. Thanks for reminding me that everyone is learning. And thanks for your humorous view on Oopses. I'm sure that will help some late night I want to pull my hair out. :)