For the love of plaid

It feels like I’ve been living and breathing pajamas! This will be a short post I promise – as the third pair of Carolyn pajamas I’ve made, there really isn’t much more to say except I love this pattern.

This pair is for my BFF’s sister’s birthday. I love the brushed cotton plaid my BFF chose – which if you look closely is made up of a surprising number of colors.  At the bottom of my fabric cupboard I found a lovely little piece of batik which I’m going to use for the piping (its really not as bright as the photo makes it out to be). And to top it off, I went with some dark maroon buttons. All together I think they really compliment each other.

As usual I mixed and matched how I finished my seams: I used French seams on the bottom of the pocket, the outside leg seams, arms and side seams; I encased the raw edges of the fly extension in bias binding that matches the piping; and used flat felled seams on the bottom’s centre-back seam, along the inseam, on the shoulders and armhole.

I’m really quite pleased with my pattern matching. I spent ages laying out my pattern pieces  – though I must admit I couldn’t quite summon the energy to cut it out single sided. While the pattern matching on the inseam is out by about 1/2″, its darn near perfect on the outside leg seam (and really whose gonna be looking at your inseams that closely anyway?).

On the whole I think they’re the best pair I’ve made. I took alot of care and time with the sewing, so they are really well constructed. And the colors are just wonderful.


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