Tuesday, January 26, 2010

PJs and robe

Almost there!
I finished the top first.
Here's how I finished the seams. The one on the left is "wrong sides together" and sewn in about a 1/4 inch seam. The one on the right has been trimmed down to about 1/8 of an inch.
After I iron the seam to one side, then I iron it "right sides together" and stick a few pins in to hold it in place, with the stitching running along the fold. Then I sew another 1/4 inch (or maybe 3/8) seam, with the right sides together, encasing the raw, trimmed edges.
I couldn't do a French finish on the crotch seam of the pants because it bends sharply. Here is a french seam (the lower one) compared with the seam that I sewed a double line of stitching on. I am pulling away the threads that fray madly. I will trim those but they will continue to fray whenever I wash the pants, until they reach a kind of stasis. C'est la vie.
Speaking of the pants, here they are before I have installed the elestic/drawstring combo through the waist casing. They look huge! And they look like those silly basketball shorts. Sorry if anyone reading this admires basketball shorts but I think they look silly.
Here I have completed the drawstring waist and tied the strings in a bow. They'll sort of look like culottes when I wear them, I am thinking.
See how madly the cut edges of this fabric fray, even when I've hardly handled them.
I haven't finished the robe yet but I thought I'd bundle all three pieces up to see how small they will pack. That was the point of this exercise after all - to make something that packs up pretty small. I am happy with the size of this bundle.


Chicago Sarah said...

Julia, as always, thanks for the tips on sewing techniques. Those look perfect, and packable, and not too hot but not too skimpy. ps I love basketball shorts but they do look awfully silly. :)

JuliaR said...

You're welcome Sarah! I was going for "modest" (goofy word with too much baggage but it applies) but I am hoping Florida will be warmer than it was in January so I didn't want "too hot" either.

Agnes Nz said...

It's look lovely! The fabric is just beautifull..

Stephanie Newman said...

I am so glad you are still with us and doing great! What a tricky fabric you are playing with but I see you are taming it nonetheless.
I can't wait to see what you sew now after such a long break, you must be ready to let rip!

Lacey said...

I too have been working on a pair of pajamas but mine are in a blend of linen and cotton with a red color thread and piping. This leopard print is beautiful quite striking.