Vintage inspired ladies pyjamas project for Sewing world magazine

I wrote this project for Sewing World magazine it was published last year. I was very chuffed that it made the front cover of the magazine too!

The very pretty fabric was sponsored by Makower. I knew what the fabric looked like before I started designing these pyjamas. The plan included writing a project for a coordinating dressing gown for the following issue. It wasn’t difficult to be inspired by such a lovely print.

I am quite a fan of classic styling so decided to go for some classic touches like piping and covered buttons. I finished the waist of the bottoms with a sumptuous satin ribbon and included the piped detail near the hem of the trousers.

The flat peter pan collar gave the style a nod to eras past. Hopefully achieving stylish, comfortable pyjamas and an interesting project to sew.

As always I love to hear your comments and see pictures if you made this project, if you missed it and would like to make it you can buy back issues from the Sewing World website. Of course I would also be happy to help you make them in one of my sewing classes if you are Leicestershire based.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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