Saturday, April 28, 2012

pj party time


Whew, making it by the skin of my teeth here-it's still April 28th on the left coast!  I tried to take photos this morning before work, at 6:00 AM mind you, and needless to say, they were terrible.  Who's up that early anyway, gross.  Got home this evening and gladly put them back on for my pictures :-D

I wasn't sure if I was going to have time to participate, but sheepishly jumped in when Karen, our PJ Party Hostess, posted her giveaway, hehe.  I do really need more cute PJs after all.

A quick survey of the jammy situation made me a wee ashamed:

-yoga pants, cut off and paint stained (on the bum, no less!)
-flannel skully pants-a definite favorite, but flannel, not appropriate for coming summer
-2 pairs of Madeline bloomers-cute, husband loves them, but sometimes leave me feeling a little exposed when just chillin, not to mention, I can't go fetch the laundry out back in them
-and finally, the sad, stretched out t-shirt nightgown.  It's on the frumpy side.

New Look 6139 was employed as a base and altered quite a bit, as the crotch length was massive, and the ease ridiculous.  I can't be bothered turning fabric inside out for a drawstring, so I switched the waist to elastic.


I originally bought this fabric for a Violet blouse.  It felt soft and drapey at the store, but after washing just feels like quilting cotton.  I guess it was that chemical stuff that's put on fabric?  Not to mention, as much as I love this color, I don't think it looks good with my complexion.  But perfect for the PJs.  Only having 2 yards, not quite enough to make a full pair of pants, I improvised.  SO, don't tell the sewing police, but I cut them on the cross grain!  And had just enough, with spare scraps.

 what's happening with my arm here?

I thought of putting in pockets, but that's as far as it went-just too lazy.  However, piping is easy and aqua and red is such a splendid combo!




too lazy to change my thread, too!


To tell the front from the back, I attached a wee bow


Now, I love that Karen asked for our current read, cause aside from the pretty jammies, it's such good stalking material, no?

In the traditional sense of reading, by my nightstand I've got Confederacy of Dunces and a Bust magazine.  However, I'm currently smitten with audio books.  It's wonderful to listen to a story and be able to do other stuff at the same time.  Right now I'm listening to 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.  This is my third Murakami book and my crush continues.  The stories are fantastical, the characters real and flawed, and all delicately woven together.  They make me want to study obscure Japanese/Chinese history and places.  This book, while slow to me at first, has now got me in it's clutches.  (However, my favorite is without a doubt "Wind Up Bird Chronicle"-go get it now!)


28 comments:

  1. Now, aren't they cute, cute, cute as a button? Love the piping and the details.

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    1. thank you! I've had so much fun admiring all the new PJs on the interwebs. Plus, my book list just grew exponentially-never a bad thing!

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  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Piping ! The colour is divine ! The fit looks perfect ! Well jel ! I want to come around, sit in jammies and play Taboo ! xx

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    1. Oh Kirsty! How I would love it if you came over, chilled in our jammies and played Taboo! Guess the virtual PJ party will have to do for now, huh? Thanks for the sweet words!

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  3. These are amazing! I love all the details you added, especially the bits of red :-) I might have to break down and make some jammies after all, after seeing these!

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    1. Oh do break down and make some! One can never have enough loungewear, it seems.
      And I just sneaky peaked at your blog, your Miette sweater is SO beautiful!!

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  4. Your PJs are adorable. I love the red accents.

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    1. Thank you! I love your's as well (and such cute lil slippers, too!)

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    1. Thank you, I'm loving them so far!!

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  6. So cheerful and cute! Now that I've seen everyone's posts, I wish I had joined in too! :)

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    1. Thanks, my dear, I'm still lounging in them now, haha. And quick, make your own right now!!

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  7. These are so cute! I'd buy them if they were for sale -- aqua + red combo is like a drug. I NEED IT. Oh, and there's a cute bow? Adorable.

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    1. Ha, a drug, you are silly. But I totally get it ;-)

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  8. Lovely colour combination, and I really like the bow! I'm adding Wind Up Bird Chronicle to my list of books to read - so far I've only read Norwegian Wood by him, but I also like to read books by Japanese authors and / or set in Japan. I read several last year by Kazuo Ishiguro which I really enjoyed.

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    1. Thanks!
      I haven't read Norwegian Wood yet, that's his next on my list, I've heard it was good. I hadn't heard of Kazuo Ishiguro, but I'm adding it as well, thx again!!

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  9. Such a great idea with the piping!! I'm loving it.

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    1. thank you, they needed a little something to spice them up :)

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  10. oooh those are adorable, oi love the aqua and red combo...one of my fave's :)

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    1. thank you, it's one of my favorite combo's too!

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  11. these are fabulous, I love the piping and the colour combination

    Pennie

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  12. Very cute. I like the contrast piping and bow!

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    1. thank you! Your's are so lovely as well!!

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  13. Super cute! Love the colors and the sweet polka dots. Don't tell, but I cut mine on the cross-grain, too (must be why the fabric was in the bargain bin to start with... who wants to wear horizontal stripes?).

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    1. Thank you, I'm wearing them now, which pretty much gives away how many days in a row they've been worn :-D

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  14. I love the red piping down the side of your pyjamas and you're so right about aqua and red, a fantastic colour combination!
    Weird reading coincidences - I've just been given 1Q84 and have just started a biography of John Kennedy Toole - author of Confederacy of Dunces.

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    1. That is a weird coincidence! Honestly, I keep trying to get through Confederacy of Dunces and keep putting it down. Maybe when I get further in it will catch me.
      Oh, and 1Q84, I don't mean to discourage you, but I was utterly disappointed with the ending. So, so many long, drawn out story points that were never dealt with. Honestly, it kinda pissed me off at the end!

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