It's not often that I totally squeal with delight when I see a new fabric range being released, but when Jodie Carleton posted a photo of her new fabric range - The Cat's Pyjamas - I was hysterically happy!! I *KNEW* I had to buy this range and I *KNEW* that those green kitties would make a lovely pair of pyjamas for me.
|"The Cat's Pyjamas" by Jodie Carleton for Ella Blue Fabrics.
I have only been sewing for a few years and I have never made any items of clothing - this was going to be my big debut onto the fashion scene. Queue nerves! Although my mother is a dressmaker by trade, I was determined that I was going to make these myself so I bought a "Simplicity" pattern from Spotlight (I knew that Simplicity have a good reputation for easy to follow patterns).
My Mum insisted that I brought the pattern and the fabric over to her house (where she has more room) so that she could supervise me cutting it out and to make sure that I didn't stuff it up. She also explained to me how to do "French Seams" because I wasn't willing to try to thread her overlocker (one of them has 4 needles, the other one has 6 and I have never sewn with an overlocker before). Once the pattern was all cut out I took it home with me to sew together at my leisure.
It was much easier and quicker to sew together than I imagined. I even made my own cord for the waistline out of a matching solid green fabric (forgot to buy elastic DOH!).
I purchased a cheap white t-shirt from Target (it was only AUD$4.00) to go with the pyjama pants. I added some matching ribbon to the sleeves and fussy cut a pocket to sit above the left breast.
|Close up of the pocket of the t-shirt
(and some shameless publicity for Cotton Factory Ballarat where I bought my fabric).
|Close up of the top - the sleeves have matching ribbon sewn on the edges.
|My new pyjamas
|And this message from Jodie absolutely made my day!
I have more of this fabric range waiting to be played with. Jodie has since released a free pattern which is now in my "To Do" pile to be made. The following photograph is copyright & courtesy of Jodie Carleton. Please click on the link below to access her FREE pattern.